Photo of D.J. Pettway
Grade
5.16 ?
  • 4.99 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 108.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.74 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.69 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 265LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Pettway's collegiate journey has been rocky, but in the end he survived his own mistakes to become part of a national champion. A four-star recruit, Pettway redshirted his first season in Tuscaloosa and earned Freshman All-SEC notice from league coaches in 2013 after contributing in 13 games as a reserve (eight tackles, four for loss, 2.5 sacks). In February of 2013, things turned for the worse after he was charged with second degree robbery, being one of four players to attack two students to use their credit cards to buy food. The charges against Pettway were eventually dropped, and after a season at East Mississippi Community College (where he had 18.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and won a national title), he was allowed to return. He received the only start of his Alabama career in 2014, but played a fair amount in the rotation (23 tackles, three for loss, two sacks). Pettway contributed again in the Tide's championship season last fall, making 18 stops, five for loss and two sacks in 15 games played.

Analysis

Strengths

Attacks opponent across from him like a sled drill with low pad level and an upward striking blow. Able to convert speed to power and crank up a bull ­rush with a leveraged, jarring punch. Plays with good awareness and reads play­-action and zone reads quickly. Shows good lateral scoot to close down the line. Has power in his hands to punch and control the edge. Able to help squeeze running lanes and force runners to spill it wide.

Weaknesses

Lacks desired height as defensive end and arm length falls below the drafted norm. Power offset by lack of athleticism. Edge presence missing from his pass rush. Scouts concerned about his natural fit as on the field. Caught up in exceptionally deep defensive line rotation and failed build resume built on production. Character must be vetted.

Bottom Line

Powerful base end with a shot to play standing linebacker for a team looking for toughness and an edge-setter. While Pettway's college production is hardly impressive, it was partially because of his lack of snaps due to Alabama?s rotations. Pettway isn't a premium rusher, but he has NFL toughness and power at the point of attack. Pettway could offer depth as a base end or may be able to add weight over time and transition inside.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.