The North Carolina prep overcame a severe knee injury, missing a portion of his senior season with two torn ligaments in his right knee, which required surgery. Played in six games as a true freshman for Alabama in 2011 and recorded four tackles. Was a valuable reserve defensive lineman in '12, appearing in all 14 games for the national champions. Had 23 tackles, four tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks with one forced fumble. Moved into the starting lineup in '13 and tallied 34-3.5-2 in 12 starts at defensive end. Missed a mid-season contest against Georgia State because of a sprained shoulder.
Good size. Can occupy blocks and squeeze running lanes. Strong hands to press and tug free. Can push the pocket. Heavy tackler. Played multiple techniques in a pro-style, hybrid defensive scheme.
Thick, tight hips -- cannot work the edges. Gets blown off the ball by double teams. Needs to play with better extension, refine his hand use, develop counters and quicken his shed timing. Heavy-legged when required to redirect. Limited pass-rush value. Only a one-year starter. Average production -- did not make splash plays.
Thickly built, relatively nondescript contributor who decided to forgo his senior season despite never establishing himself as a force. Has size and strength to warrant developmental consideration as a five-technique, but lacks exceptional traits and will have to commit to handling the dirty work to have longevity.