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Interior "D" Linemen DataBase
1 Ed Oliver - Houston x Houston 6017 287 xx

"Very quick, fast and explosive...Very good snap anticipation and first step...completely disinterested during second half of 2018...Can get swallowed up due to lack of size...Overhyped (i.e. "not the next Aaron Donald")...Abundance of talent but may not fit into traditional NFL defensive line roles....Don't surprised if he weighs in at 290 at Combine after drinking lots of water - PFW

... - B Brooks - Rates #4)

Has a blend of size and athletiism that only comes around once every couple of years...Moves like a 240 lb LB....quick off the snap with the initial burst to shoot gaps...Also packs the power and natural leverage to push a blocker into the backfield...Special traits are his COD skills and natural quickness...On field effort is outstnding...Publically butted heads with his college HC...Medical concerns (knee)....Purely a one -gap player...lack of size in the pros may give him issues vs. NFL interior O-linemen....Lacks scheme versatility...Combo of physical traits is rare - ceiling is enormous - Athlon

Explosiveness and initial quickness make him extremely fast at POA - USA Today

Forty: DNP...Ten: DNP ...BP: 32...3C: DNP...VJ: 36...BJ: 10'0...Hand: 9.2...Arm: 31.8

2 Quinnen Williams x Alabama 6030 303 xx

... Williams is the crown jewel of the class as a big, athletic interior defender with a non-stop motor and a nasty streak. He overwhelms blockers at the point of attack with his explosive quickness and power. - B Brooks - Rates #1)

Size, strenght power, athleticism and speed are his strong points. Doesn't have any major weaknesses....Never gives ground to double teams...May be one of Tides best prospects in years...Excellent run defender...can also play on the nose - PFW

#1 breakout player of 2018...Every offense that faced the Tide had to account for him first...Capable of simply defeating double-team block before it even forms...Active and violent with hands...Has raw power to drive one or sometime two blockers back into the QB...Young (didn't turn 21 till Dec)...Not many (if any) weak points...Potential issue will be whether he'll be able to manhandle NFL grown men the way he could blockers in college...He's going to wreck some games at the next level - Athlon

Ran a 4.83 forty (fastest time for a 300+ defensive lineman and faster than JC Watt's 4.84 (@ 290 lbs)...Perfect combo of size, speed and college production - USA Today

Forty: 4.83...Ten: 1.67...BP: DNP...3C:DNP......VJ: 30.5...BJ: 9'4...Hand: 9.6...Arm: 33.3

9 Jeffery Simmons - x Mississippi State 6040U 298U xxx

Best suited to play on the nose, but undersized...Lunchpail type who will do whatever needs to be done...Will "play tall" at times...Better hand usage needed...Doesn't consistently locate the ball - PFW

"... Simmons' recent ACL injury will torpedo his draft stock, but astute coaches will keep his disruptive game in mind and focus on how he could impact a unit when he returns from his injury. He's so talented that he's still the No. 2 DT in the draft, even though his availability for the 2019 season is in doubt.- B Brooks - Rates #2)

Polished technician who routinely blows up running plays in the backfield...Can line up from nose shade to 3-technique...Off field 2016 assault charge...(If not, he'd be included with Q Williams and Bosa at the top of everyone's short list...(Late News) - Suffered serious knee injury at press time - Athlon

Rare combo of strength and athleticism giving him versatility to become dominant in a number of schemes - USA Today

(Forty: DNP...Ten: DNP...BP: DNP...3C: DNP...VJ:DNP...BJ: DNP...Hand: DNP...Arm: DNP

3 Dexter Lawrence - x Clemson 6044 342 xx

Huge man (not fat)...Very athletic for size....Quick off ball...doesn't give ground to double teams...Dominant run stopper but not an elite pass rusher (though improving) and will probably be underdrafted for that reason - PFW

"... - B Brooks - Rates #5)

Massive and athletic...- capable of singlehandedly upgrading a run defense...Can line up as a 0-technique or as a nose shade...Shockingly quick and light on his feet (though no Aaron Donald)...Not for every taste...PED suspension not helpful...This year's Vita Vea (i.e. lights-out vs. run but shows little as a pass rusher) - Athlon

Best nose tackle in this draft class - USA Today

Forty:5.05 ...Ten: 1.76..BP: 36...DNP...3C: DNP...VJ:DNP...BJ: DNP...Hand: 10.5...Arm: 34.8

4 Jerry Tillery - x Notre Dame 6064 295 xx

5-Star recruit out of HS...Excellent size, speed and overall athleticism...consistently disruptive in run game...Gets off blocks quickly...Many outside interests might distract from 100% focus on football....Best suited to play 5-tech in 3-4 but also showed last year that he could play 3-tech - PFW

Unusually long and well-proportioned (looks like a power forward)...Explosive burst at snap with heavy punch and long arms...Motor runs hot...not nearly as effective vs. the run as he is vs. the pass due to leverage issues...When he doesn't win, he lacks a plan...more of a tight straight line athlete....There were times at ND where he looked like the best defensive player in the country....May appeal to 4-3 teams as a one-gap penetrator - Athlon

iForty: 4.93...Ten: 1.69...BP: 23...3C: 7.45...VJ: 32.0...BJ: 9'7...Hand: 10.6...Arm: 34.2

5 Christian Wilkins x Clemson   6032 315 xx

Good DT size and athleticism...Has lined up all along the DL...Instinctive player who reacts quickly...quick first step...Can be slow off blocks...average inside pass rusher...Figures to be drafted in the second round in a very deep DL draft class... - PFW

"... Wilkins is arguably the most versatile defensive lineman in the draft, with a set of skills that enables him to align anywhere from nose tackle to defensive end. With his versatility and athleticism at 300-plus pounds, the Clemson standout should soar up the charts when defensive coaches begin to ponder the possibilities. - B Brooks - Rates #3)

One of the most athletic 300 pounders you'll find...Lightning quick at the snap...fast violent hands...immediate force as a pass rusher...More finesse than power...doesn't cover 2-gaps...struggles vs. run at POA...overshoots & is vulnerable to trap blocks - Athlon

A versatile, intelligent player with elite athleticism and face-of-the - franchise personality - USA Today

Forty: 5.04...Ten: 1.76...BP: 28...3C: DNP...VJ: 29.5...BJ: 8'11...Hand: 9.8...Arm: 32.5

8 Gerald Willis III - x Miami (Fla.)   6016 302 xx

Very athletic...quick hands...great get-off...Produces "wow" plays...technique issues (will play tall)...off the field red-flags on resume...Main concern - can he be trusted? - PFW

Highly regarded out of HS...finally found stardom as a college senior...plays with good leverage/low COG...Starting to understand the finer points of technique...Didn't get along with coaching staff (a red flag?)...Smallish (can be swallowed up)....Needs to work on refining technique...Can be a disruptive 3-technique...Skill set fits modern-day NFL (but character concerns may not) - Athlon

Forty: DNP...Ten: DNP...BP: DNP...3C: DNP...VJ: DNP...BJ: DNP...Hand: 8.5...Arm: 33.0

10 Dre’Mont Jones - x Ohio State   6026 281 xx

Adequate size but very good athlete for size...Easy COD...stays on his feet...Needs to add bulk...not that instinctive...Will make "wow' plays...Good closer on pass rush...Plays too high...underachiever for athletic skill-set...Uderproducer - PFW

A near-300 pounder who has the movement skills of a LB...When he's going goood, he's virtually unblockable...But was an ourtight liability vs. the run during team's mid-season slump ...Lacks consistency...Struggles to locate the ball and hold up at POA...Plays too high....Tough to figure out where he's going to play (depends on pro position coach - Athlon

Forty: 5.12...Ten: 1.77...BP: DNP...3C: 7.71...VJ: 31.5...BJ: 9'2......Hand: 9.6...Arm: 33.8

6 Daylon Mack - x Texas A&M   6010 336 xx

Strong and powerful with relentless effort...refuses to stay blocked...but short/specializes in stopping the run...Classic 3-4 run-stuffing NT to be used on run downs - PFW

Can eat up doubleteams with his girth and strength....Good get-off for size...enough initial quickness to penetrate thru gaps...Fringy as a pass rushing option/ never showed much of a plan for getting to QB...One of the higher ceiling 2nd-Tier prospects in the draft due to ability to wiin with power, & quickness on the nose..."There will be some coaching staffs who think they can unlock something that earlier Aggie staffs couldn't" - Athlon

.Forty: 5.10...Ten: 1.74...BP: 30...3C: 8.02..VJ: 27.0...BJ: 8'6...Hand: 10.2...Arm: 31.2

11+ Demarcus Christmas - x+ Florida State Jr 6033 294 xx

Good size/strength...Not a pass rusher but plays the run well...Good motor - PFW

Combines good size and heavy hands in collapsing the middle of an offensive line...Best at defending the run (utilizing suddeness of his movements, strong anchor and excellent contact-balance...Fairly loose and nimble athlete....Seems to lack a plan when rushing the passer...Relqtively short arms...will fall asleep at the switch too often and get started too late....Projects as an early-down rotational lineman - Athlon

Forty: 5.08...Ten: 1.77...BP: 22...3C: 8.13...VJ: 25.5...BJ: 8'5...Hand: 9.1...Arm: 32.8

7 Isaiah Buggs x Alabama   6026 295 xx

Playing on the defensive line for the Tide is a 2-edge sword: (1) you get buried by more famous 'Bama defensive stars...(2) you benefit from being surrounded by talent. This may be an instance where an under the radar guy turns out to be a sleeper - Gollin

Productive...Very strong and explosive. won't get knocked off ball...Very short arms...lacks timed speed...Not for everybody but will be an early starter for the right team - PFW

Q Williams' partner in crime...Impressive sack numbers...Fluid mover with the motor to battle his way into the enemy backfield...sturdy base provides anchor vs. run...Has lateral movement skills to cover 2 gaps...But probably not an impact pass rusher, lacking the twitch to win on the edge...Will contribute at next level, but will it be as a pass rusher? - Athlon

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11+ Charles Omenihu x Texas   6055 274 xx

One more below-the radar prospect in a talented field - Gollin

Tall with very long arms...Plays hard...Not big but Can two-gap and hold his ground...Technique-sound...Quick first step...Played out of position for Longhorns...Best on the Edge...Workouts key to his draft position - PFW

(Listed as DE) - Coming off breakout season...looks the part (tall, with long arms and a tapered build)....Has the athletiism teams are looking for on the edge...quick off the snap but capaqble of winning with poewer....tremendous motor/relentless in pursuit...No lack of natural power but comes off the the line too high...Not a pure edge rusher (needs more moves)....Checks all the boxes - just needs to add some more variety anf nuance to his pass rush game - Athlon

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