Tim Settle

Virginia Tech
DT

Prospect Info

College
Virginia Tech
Hometown
Class
Manassas, VA
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
329 lbs
33”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.86
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Washington
Redskins
Round 5 ‧ Pick 26
40 Yard Dash
5.37
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
23.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
96.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.95
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.83
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Named as one of the top 40 overall prospects in the 2015 class by multiple high school recruiting services, Settle was a great in-state hold (Manassas) for Virginia Tech. The Washington Post All-Metro pick redshirted his first year in Blacksburg to improve his build and conditioning, and was a reserve for all 14 games in 2016 (17 tackles, blocked kick) before making his impact as a sophomore in 2017. Settle used his quickness off the snap and wide shoulders to earn second-team All-ACC honors at nose tackle. He started all 13 games inside, posting 36 stops, 12.5 for loss, and four sacks.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2-3
NFL Comparison
Vince Wilfork
Overview
Settle has rare gifts for a big man with good mass, play strength, quickness, and agility. His substantial jump in production in 2017 was due to weight loss and additional conditioning that allowed him to play more snaps and play faster. He's a disruptive, versatile defensive lineman who offers enough pass rush potential to warrant reps on passing downs. Settle is a natural 4-3 fit but can play in a 3-4 as well. He has the potential to become a very good starter with a Pro Bowl ceiling if he controls his weight and maintains his conditioning.
Strengths
  • Accepted his coaches challenge to lose weight and improve conditioning and has done just that
  • Thick and broad across lower body
  • Rare agility for a man his size
  • Plays with infectious energy
  • Built low to the ground
  • Blasts out of his stance to capture the neutral zone
  • Able to play under and through the edge of blockers
  • Can be destructive along the interior when he has his wind
  • Power in upper body for quick punch and shed at point of attack
  • Good pursuit motor around the field
  • Locates ball early in the snap and plays off blocks to make tackles
  • Pad level is good
  • Has ability to penetrate and two-gap
  • Arm over can get early wins
  • Legitimate pocket pusher who can force quarterback to throw from unbalanced platform
Weaknesses
  • Wears bad weight around his midsection
  • Maintaining weight loss and conditioning could be a concern when he has to become a self-motivator on next level
  • Playing style is frenetic and leads to balance issues
  • Over-extends and finds himself on the ground too often
  • Played in just 23 college games
  • Can be inconsistent with hand usage
  • Will need additional technique work to better take on double teams
  • Moved by down blocks when he doesn't stay square
Sources Tell Us

"I need to watch him more but Bud (Foster) moved him around and I saw a guy who can play both nose spots, 3 (technique), 4i, and maybe 5. Reminds me of when (Dontari) Poe came out. He ain't Poe, but he can play all over the line like Poe could." -- AFC defensive line coach

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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