Square has gone from young apprentice behind the likes of Marcell Dareus and Terrence Cody is now a senior leader, playing strong whether lined up inside or outside on the Tide’s ultra-talented defensive line. His career didn’t start off that well, as he tore his right ACL in the second game of 2009. Square came back to play in every game the next season, however, even getting into the starting lineup six times (27 tackles, seven for loss, three sacks). The departure of Dareus from the front line gave Square even more responsibility as a junior; he started all 13 games, making 32 stops, seven for loss and a sack for the BCS champions. In 2012, Square once again started in all 13 games. He made 33 tackles, four of them for loss, and also notched 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, and one pass defended.
Plays from a variety of spots: three technique, defensive end in a four man front, and even some nose tackle on obvious passing downs. Frequently attempts to latch, pull, and swim to release. Flashes strength to shove the opposition to the side in pass protection. Attempts to jump in the throwing lane to knock down passes. Best gift if motor to clean up and finish the play. Stout upper body. Low pad level is another plus.
Needs to add weight to play inside in 3-4 system. Lacks a real burst off the line when crashing down the line of scrimmage. Lacks adequete quickness to consistently pentrate. Even when strength allows some separation, he lacks the foot speed to make the most of it. Does not use hands to fight cut blocks, completely immobilized by them. Plays like short arms are an issue, lacks the ability to press. Base appears narrow and lacks strength to match upper body. Struggles to locate ball carrier with press and then to shed at the point of attack. Lacks a real position or true fit.
Square does not rack up huge numbers for the Tide’s stout defense but his versatility and consistency has earned him two consecutive seasons with 13 starts, and 32 starts over the past three years. He could potentially be a late-round selection.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.