Prepped in New Orleans, where he was the consensus No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the country. Was a Parade All-America selection and the 2010 Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year. Saw action in all 14 games as a true freshman and recorded 12 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack as a reserve defensive lineman. Logged 30-10-3 with two pass breakups in 13 games (three starts at left defensive tackle) in '12. Moved into the starting lineup in '13 and recorded 35-9-3 with one batted pass and one interception in 13 starts at DT. Shed more than 30 pounds since his freshman year in an effort to get quicker.
Looks the part -- big and well-proportioned. Quick get-off. Plays on his feet. Excellent movement skills and foot speed. Knee bender who redirects and accelerates efficiently for a big man. Flashes strength to stack and shed single blocks. Good closing burst to the quarterback. Was a 20-year-old junior -- has moldable, raw tools and upside.
Plays tall and short-armed -- too easily turned and washed. Weak base and lackluster compete vs. double teams. Hand use needs work -- spends too much time flailing at the line of scrimmage. Does not consistently convert speed to power. Unsophisticated pass rusher needs to cultivate moves and develop a plan. Disappears for stretches. Started just 16 career games. Weight has fluctuated. Has underachiever traits. Character and stability need to be investigated. Disappointing combine performance.
Thick, athletic, overhyped defensive tackle who shows in flashes, but leaves evaluators wanting more. Was not as impactful in a starting role as a junior as he was in a wave role as a sophomore. Fits best in an even front stacking the point, though he's not instant coffee. A boom-or-bust prospect.