Highly recruited Florida prep. The true freshman saw action in all 13 games as a reserve in 2011 and led interior linemen with 30 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Was sidelined during '12 spring practice with a sprained MCL and slight meniscus tear. Backed up Cowboys 2013 seventh-rounder Everett Dawkins for a second-straight season in the fall, logging 45-8-1.5 in 13 games with two starts. His '13 spring practice was cut short by an ankle injury. Was healthy in the fall and had 63-11-4.5 in 14 starts at nose tackle, his only season as a starter. Led the Noles in tackles for loss. Battled an illness in the National Championship Game against Auburn and had nine tackles.
Strong for his size and clogs the middle. Has disruptive ability. Bends his knees and plays with leverage. Able to stack, locate and shed. Wraps and rips down ball carriers. Coordinated hands and feet. Is difficult to engage -- has quick, active paws. Can slap, rip and swim to beat blockers and turns up the heat on passing downs. Good foot athlete for his size -- changes direction well, gives effort in pursuit and ranges outside the box. Will be a 21-year-old rookie.
Has a fleshy midsection. Lacks ideal height and overall body length. Average get-off. Can be overpowered at the point or neutralized when bigger, longer blockers get into his frame. Limited two-gap ability. Average playing range. Stiff-legged and does not change direction easily, as confirmed by 4.84-second 20-yard shuttle time at the combine (tied for slowest among DTs). Could stand to improve his stamina. Was a rotational player prior to junior season.
Rounds 1-2 (top 50)
Slightly undersized, stoutly built, country-strong run stopper with the ability to drop anchor inside an odd front and develop into a solid, 3-4 movement nose tackle. Strength is his calling card despite his relatively modest size.