vs Michigan, @ Maryland, @ Illinois, @ Nebraska, vs Ohio St. (2021)
A special athlete with no true athletic deficeincies in any manner, insane linear ability with good lateral movement and flexibility to compliment. His explosion and first step puts pressure on OT's early on in a rep, and he has solid hand usage at this stage in his development to be able to produce in a pass rushing role early from a wide alignment. Plays physical in the run game, and his length helps him get off blocks. Ridiculous closing speed.
Raw and could stand development in many areas of his game. False steps ruin the consistency of his get off which is his main weapon. He has to develop a pass rush plan far too often dies out on the rep because he has no secondary move. In the run game he isn't stout with his anchor and can get washed on the edge against better competition. He can get caught up against misdirection and take himself out of a play, needs to be more disciplined with his eyes. Minimal career starts, snaps, and production. Teams will need to do their due diligence.
Projects best as a project edge who can immediately impact on passing downs, with a solid base and plenty of upside as a run defender to grow into a more complete player who can be deployed on every down with little deficiency. He will need that time to grow, which combined with being a 24 year old rookie can scare some teams off, but if he gets placed into a good infrastructure that caters to his current skillset early and doesn't force him into a 3 down role too early he could pay major dividends in the long run.
Tamba Hali (Credit: Nate Subelka)
He is a top notch athlete at the position. His explosiveness is crazy for a 260 pounder, as he has insane juice out of a 2 pt stance. Has smooth hips when rushing as well as when dropping into space, where he is more than suffiecient in changing direction. Has strong hands to pop a blocker and shed them in the run game. Balance is solid when rushing but he can get overpowered at times on the edge.
Pass Rush Ability:
Use of Hands
Pass Rush Moves
Big Play Ability
His first step is the best tool in his toolbox, though he does false step out of the gate at times, so he needs to clean that up for maximum efficiency in his game. He shows flashes with his hands when he rips, but there is room for improvement. His pass rush plan needs some development, primarily with a go-to inside move, as well as a counter move for when he stalls on his initial rush. His closing speed is great. It's close to impossible to scramble away from him as he adjusts quickly and once you're in his crosshairs he hits that second gear.
Against The Run:
Is a solid run defender, could stand to set the edge with more consistency as he stuggles with his anchor against some better competition. Good pop in his hands and uses his length well to shed blocks. His aforementioned closing speed helps his range but his pursuit angles need work. Not really a gap shooting type of player, wasn't deployed in that role. Tackling production is questionably low in cintrast to his athletic traits.
Set the Edge
Stack and Shed
Gap Shooting Ability
Plays plenty physical, is not a player you will see shy away from anything or make business decisions. His motor runs hot as he has chased down plenty of backside runs in his time. Only question is his lack of snaps while at Minnesota.
Can get caught up with eye candy and get himself out of the play. He can rush and play in coverage at a baseline functional level. Only 13 credited starts and little special teams snaps. Has a lot of football to learn and room to grow.