In this installment of the First Look series, I decided to take a look at Notre Dame’s star defensive tackle, Louis Nix. Both Will Sutton (ASU) and Daniel McCullers (Tennessee) were recently reviewed by FRG Scouting, and after breaking down Nix’s game, it’s pretty clear that the 2014 NFL Draft will have some top-tier defensive tackles amongst the pool of prospects.
In this installment of the 2014 NFL Draft “First Look” series, FRG Scouting decided to breakdown the game of the mammoth defensive tackle prospect from the University of Tennessee, Daniel McCullers.
Standing 6’8″ tall and weighing 360 lbs, McCullers is one of the physically biggest prospects (regardless of position) for the 2014 NFL Draft. After playing JUCO ball for Georgia Military Academy in 2010 and 2011, McCullers became an instant impact player for the Volunteers in 2012, playing in all 12 games and starting seven. He led all Tennessee defensive linemen in tackles (39) and managed to record one sack.
The FRG Scouting 2014 NFL Draft ”First Look” series has focused on quarterbacks through its first nine installments. Rather than look at yet another quarterback, I decided to leave it up to my Twitter followers as to who the next prospect covered in the “First Look” series would be. While there were a lot of good responses, the one player that had more than a few requests was Will Sutton, the defensive tackle from Arizona State University.
Sutton surprised many analysts by returning for the 2013 season. He had a monster year in 2012, totaling 13 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss. He would have been a viable first-round defensive tackle prospect.
After taking a look at his game, I think he made the right call when he decided to go back to school for another season at Arizona State. Continue reading …
Sheldon Richardson is one of the premier defensive players in the 2013 NFL Draft
If you’ve been following the 2012 college football season, and the emerging prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft, then you know that the defensive side of the ball is going to produce a lot of high draft picks. NFL teams in need of immediate pass rushing help will find it early in round 1, as several DEs and OLBs are likely to be selected in the top-15. But the elite defensive prospects aren’t limited to sack artists. Several defensive tackles won’t have to wait long to hear their names called, with Star Lotulelei (Utah) and Johnathan Hankins (Ohio State) being the most well-known players at the position. And while Lotulelei and Hankins both offer top-tier skill-sets that project favorably for their chances to be immediate impact players in the NFL, Sheldon Richardson (DT, Missouri) could end up being the best pro of the three. Continue reading …
Johnathan Hankins (DT, OSU) and Star Lotulelei (DT, Utah) have dominated the top of the DT prospect rankings much like they have dominated opposing offensive linemen all year long. Heading into the 2012 college football season, Hankins and Lotulelei were each considered top-5 Draft prospects, and neither has disappointed thus far. But it should be made very clear that they are not the only two first-round talents at the DT position. In fact, DT is one of the stronger positions for the upcoming Draft, with potentially as many as FIVE players going in the first-round.
The one name that is consistently mentioned after Hankins and Lotulelei as the “next” DT likely to come off the board is John Jenkins , DT, UGA. After analyzing Johnathan Hankins in our last installment of the Scouting Series, I thought it would be a good time to see how big, if any, the drop off is to the third best DT in the Draft. Continue reading …