The 2020 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Big Board will be rolled out over the course of four weeks by position, featuring players to watch and a breakdown of what NFL scouts look for through the eyes of Collegiate Bowl Director of College Scouting, Dane Vandernat.
Today, we feature defensive tackles:
THREE TO WATCH
Derrick Brown, Auburn: A disruptive force on the interior, Brown possesses great size and athleticism to go along with a mammoth wingspan (83”). His strength and speed are two areas in which he should test very well — he set a school record by squatting 590 pounds and has been timed as low as 4.95 in the 40-yard dash, according to coaches. His ability to gobble up double teams along with his violent hands will make him a valuable asset at the next level.
David Moa, Boise State: Look out for the “Moa Constrictor”! With his 2018 injury-riddled season in the rear-view mirror, Moa is eager to return to dominant form and is expected to be a key cog for the Broncos this season. The 2017 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Polynesian Player of the Year proved to be a constant in opponent’s backfields with 10.5 tackles for loss, including 8.5 sacks as a sophomore. As a result, Moa faced constant double teams as a junior. So while his numbers may have dipped, NFL scouts took note of his trench warfare capabilities.
Sam Kamara, Stony Brook: An anchor for the Seawolves during the past three seasons, Kamara has started 28 games for his career, registering 82 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks — including nine sacks a year ago. He has already been named a team captain for 2019 and possesses all the physical attributes that pro scouts require. If chosen, Kamara would become the first Stony Brook player selected in the NFL Draft.
Playing along the interior trenches of the D-Line is all about stopping the run first. If the middle of a defense is soft, offensive coordinators will continue to go back to the well play after play, and defensive coordinators will have difficulty sleeping at night. While there are some prototypical size differences between 4-3 and 3-4 linemen, talent evaluators are mainly looking for three things: the ability to quickly get out of your stance with your hands primed for action, head on a swivel as the play is diagnosed, and knees bent with good forward body lean.
All year long, D-Line coaches are working technique drills to best coordinate hand and foot moves that enable twitchy disengagement from blockers. Those players who can smoothly get their hips around the block and clear will be in prime position to make a play in the backfield. For the leaner linemen who rely on their quickness to hold the point of attack (POA), the willingness to stick your face in the fan – as the expression goes – and drop down to one knee to make it more difficult to be dislodged will allow you to remain on the field in obvious run situations. Once you stop the run and get to third down, it’s time to pin those ears back and get vertical upfield to get to the quarterback.
2019 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Big Board: Defensive Tackles
|First Name||Last Name||School||Position||Height||Weight|
|Larrell||Murchison||North Carolina State||DT||6-3||291|