Dontavius Russell

Auburn
DT

Prospect Info

College
Auburn
Hometown
Class
Carrollton, GA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
319 lbs
32”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Jacksonville
Jaguars
Round 7 ‧ Pick 21
40 Yard Dash
5.15u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
24
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
--
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
--
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.81
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.77
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Russell's 2018 off-season started a bit rocky, suffering a dislocated thumb in a April car accident. The former top-150 recruit nationally redshirted his first year on the Plains, then stepped in to start 10 of 13 games played in 2015 (42 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks). Russell started all 13 games in 2016 (29 tackles) but became more of a playmaker in his junior season with 46 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and three sacks as a 14-game starter. He was a 13-game starter in the middle for the Tigers in 2018, making 36 tackles, six for loss, and 1.5 sacks.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7-Priority free agent
Overview
Russell's upright playing style might frustrate defensive line coaches who recognize the impact his size and power could have in slowing a running game if he could just play with a little better pad level on a consistent basis. Russell is a rotational wide-body with developmental traits to play the nose on odd or even fronts. He could come off the board on Day 3 of the draft.
Strengths
  • Rare, four-year starter along the Auburn defensive front
  • Broad through shoulders and waist with thick, trunk-like legs
  • Traits to create a new profile as nose tackle
  • Has size and potential to occupy double teams, allowing his linebackers to flow and eat
  • Possesses wipeout power in his upper body
  • Flailing hand-fighting can become focused control at the point of attack if coaching kicks in
  • Craters line of scrimmage when he wins the war of pad level
  • Has power to mash through a blocker's edge if he can stay low off snap
Weaknesses
  • Instinct is to pop upright off the snap
  • Struggles to bend through the rep, limiting his leverage and natural power
  • Movements are top-heavy and lacking desired control
  • Inconsistent hand usage prevents him from imposing his will earlier in the rep
  • Needs to improve feel and reaction to down blocks
  • Effort to work free of blocks can run hot and cold
  • Limited area of effectiveness
  • Below-average pass rusher.

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league