Photo of Jonathan Bullard
Drafted By: Bears
  • Round 3
  • Pick 9
  • Overall 72

Combine Results

Grade
6.08 ?
  • 4.93 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Bullard is quick and explosive, and will be an interior sub-package defensive lineman. He'll make a heck of a living in those sub-packages." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 5/8" Arm Length
  • 285LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

The Gators have had a versatile defensive lineman selected in the first round in two of the last three drafts: Sharrif Floyd to Minnesota in 2013 and Dominique Easley by the Patriots in 2014. Bullard is looking to become the next in line. The former five-star recruit has moved between end and tackle during his career, showing off both quickness and power. He was fairly productive despite playing inside often as a junior (8.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks), but really turned on the juice as a senior (66 tackles, 17.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks), earning third team All-American honors from the Associated Press as well as consensus first team All-SEC honors.

Analysis

Strengths

Quick and instinctive off the snap. Has a sense of where the ball is going and heads in that direction. Moves well down the line against zone plays. Uses hands and inside shoulder to brace against blocker to prevent a cross face block. Comes out of his stance with good pad level and burst. Attacks gaps and produces disruptive results. Half of his tackles gained two yards or less and was credited with 17.5 tackles for loss. Hard-charging, high-effort defender. Has above average change of direction talent for his size and a second gear in pursuit of ball carriers. Competitive and willing to mix it up. Had several physical reps against LSU and Vadal Alexander. Hands are solid, but can get better. Able to generate a bull rush and has potential to roll through guards with weak edges en route to the quarterback.

Weaknesses

Leggy with duck­-footed gait. 'Tweener frame. Comes off the ball with good pad level but plays taller and taller as the play continues. Always in a hurry and is prone to overrun his fits against zone and get washed down. Doesn’t play with much quick-­twitch movement. Average explosiveness and suddenness means his pad level and technique have to be tightened up. Gets turned out of gaps by double teams. If his initial pass rush doesn’t create an advantage, he tends to sit on blocks and look to bat ball down.

Draft Projection

Round 2

NFL Comparison

Mario Edwards

Bottom Line

Has the frame to add more functional strength and mass and may need to since his best fit appears to be as a 1­-gapping defensive tackle in an attacking scheme. Bullard can be a very disruptive player off the snap when his pad level is good and he’s an excellent tackler allowing no broken or missed tackles all season. Bullard will need to improve his pass rush and add necessary size, but he is an ascending talent whose game should continue to improve at the next level.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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