2012 NFL Combine - DT Analysis No. 11-25
USC DT DaJohn Harris
USC DT DaJohn Harris
Posted Feb 22, 2012

Pre-Combine quick looks at the defensive tackles invited to Indy. No. 11 to 25

2012 NFL Pre-Combine

DT Rankings - No. 11 to 25

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11. Marcus Fortson, Miami (Jr.) 6-3, 305 Proj. 3
Positives: A phenomenal recruit who was good, but didn’t quite dominate as expected. … Thick. Looks the part with the right frame and the right NFL tackle make-up. … Moves well and doesn’t miss tackles. A sound playmaker.

Negatives: Not an anchor. He’s not a rock. While he might have the frame, he could use some body sculpting. … Could be more powerful. It could happen, but he needs work in an NFL weight room. … Inconsistent. When he was on, he was great. He wasn’t on enough.

12. Jared Crick, Nebraska 6-4, 286 Proj. 2
Positives: Was hurt last year, tried to play through it, and his production and stock slipped. When healthy he could be a phenomenal bargain. … Part end, part tackle. Perfect as a 3-4 end but has the frame to add a bit more positive weight and be a good tackle in any scheme. … Always moving, always working, and always fighting. Doesn’t stay blocked.

Negatives: Health. For good and bad, he plays through injuries and might be too tough for his own good. … Needs to get functionally stronger. Has the talent, but now he needs to add a few good pounds. … A true tweener. Not athletic enough to be an end, but not quite bulky enough to be a dominant tackle.

13. DaJohn Harris, USC 6-3, 308 Proj. 3
Positives: Looks like an NFL defensive tackle. Built to work on the inside of someone’s line. … A world of upside. Might be just scratching the surface and could go from good to phenomenal in a snap with the right fire lit under him. … Athletic enough to be used in a variety of ways. Any coach with creativity should salivate over the possibilities.

Negatives: Didn’t produce as much as he should’ve. Looked the part, but didn’t play like it. … Has to get fired up. Has to go full tilt all the time. … Needs to work on the finer points. He needs refining.

14. Alameda Ta’amu, Washington 6-3, 341 Proj. 4
Positives: Really, really big. Massive. Got in better shape and is still big. … a leader and a good character guy. The defense works around him. … A blaster. He can fight through a line and blow plays up. He’s a wrecking ball.

Negatives: Has to work really, really hard to keep his weight in check. … Forget about a pass rush. He’s in to stop the run, and that’ll be about it. … A pure nose tackle. Not quick enough to be used in a 4-3 scheme.

15. Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati 6-5, 286 Proj. 4
Positives: Always working and always making plays. The Big East Player of the Year, he was special. … Will bust his tail. Has the exact type of make-up that coaches like. … Screws things up. A disruptive force who hustles to make the plays needed.

Negatives: Doesn’t have the right body. He’s very tall, very lean, and doesn’t have a bulky base. … A pure 4-3 tackle. Can’t ever be used on the nose. … Not athletic enough for his size. He can move, but in an ideal world he’d be athletic enough to work as a 3-4 end.

16.Kheeston Randall, Texas 6-4, 297 Proj. 3
Positives: Extremely good against the run. Doesn’t need much technique work and is strong, tough, and holds up well. … Reliable and smart. Doesn’t take plays off and fights through the nicks and bruises. … Moves well. Good at moving down the line and making the stop.

Negatives: Not a pass rusher. He’s a run defender and that’s about it. … Has the right frame and the right size, but he doesn’t always use his athleticism to get into the backfield. … Gets too high. He’s 6-4 and he too often plays like it and gets blocked.

17. Mike Daniels, Iowa 6-0, 279 Proj. 4
Positives: Really, really athletic. Could work in almost any scheme and could kick out to the end if needed. … Motor always on. No concerns about bringing it play in and play out. … A pass rusher. Could be a killer as a one-gap penetrator with bigger beefeaters taking up blockers.

Negatives: Not big enough. It’s too short and doesn’t have any room to get bigger. … Not an NFL run defender. He might be a one-down specialist. … Will get erased by NFL guards when they get their hands on him.

18. Brett Roy, Nevada 6-3, 273 Proj. 4
Positives: For good and bad, he can be used in a variety of areas. He might turn out to be a 3-4 end, and he could possibly be a devastating 4-3 inside specialist. … Tremendous pass rusher. Great at getting into the backfield and was ultra productive. … Fiery. Has no problems with drive or fire. Brings it on every play.

Negatives: Too small for a tackle, not athletic enough for an outside linebacker or an end. … Will get erased on the inside by any physical running game. … More of a worker than an athlete. Doesn’t have any one special physical skill.

19. Hebron “Loni” Fangupo, BYU 6-1, 331 Proj. 5
Positives: A bowling ball with a great base and terrific leverage. Doesn’t get moved and doesn’t budge when beaten on. … A true anchor. Put him in the middle of the line and he’ll hold up, but he can also move a bit. … Really, really strong.

Negatives: Not a pass rusher in any way. Doesn’t get into the backfield. … Not all that productive in college. Was fine, but wasn’t productive enough. … Gets beaten on. Can he stay healthy for a full NFL season?

20. Logan Harrell, Fresno State 6-2, 274 Proj. FA
Positives: Ultra-productive. A tremendous tackler and pass rusher. … Terrific worker. An always running motor. … Consistent. Produced even when he was keyed on.

Negatives: Too small. Doesn’t have a big frame and can’t get any bigger. … Not a top-end athlete. Quick, but not a flash off the ball. … Has to be in a 3-4. Not enough of a pass rusher to be in a 4-3.

21. Jaye Howard, Florida 6-3, 292 Proj. 5
Positives: A big-time prospect coming out of high school who still might not have reached his potential. … An athlete. Moves well. Smooth. … Could grow into a dominant pass rusher if he wants it.

Negatives: Never turned it on like he needed to. Was okay at Florida, not special. … This is it. There’s no getting any bigger after beefing up to get around 300. … Gets shoved way too easily. Might be a one down defender if he has the fire to be a pass rusher.

22. Rennie Moore, Clemson 6-3, 266 Proj. FA
Positives: A pass rusher who could carve out a nice career as a specialist. … Gets low and doesn’t get blocked easily on the move. … Hustles. Has a good motor and works to make plays.

Negatives: Forget about him against the run. Can get shoved easily on running plays. … Too small. At 266 pounds he’s a pure specialist. … A 4-3 tackle only. If he’s not getting in the backfield, he’ll be an easy cut.

23. Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, Baylor 6-2, 335 Proj. 5
Positives: A massive rock for a middle of a line. A true beefeater. … Surprisingly quick for his size. Isn’t a statue. … Good motor and a great worker. He’ll do what he needs to.

Negatives: More of a try-hard type than a top prospect. Limited overall talent. … Has the size, but doesn’t always use it well. Needs to get stronger. … Needs to change around his body. Too much bad weight.

24. Tydreke Powell, North Carolina 6-2, 309 Proj. 6
Positives: A decent-sized run stopper who holds up well on the inside. … A decent athlete. Slides well laterally and fills the gaps. … A good base. Doesn’t get pushed around too easily.

Negatives: Not a pass rusher. Quick, but he doesn’t do nearly enough to get into the backfield. … Doesn’t always have it turned on. Needs a constant fire lit under him. … Not huge. Doesn’t have any room to get any bigger.

25. Travian Robertson, South Carolina 6-4, 305 Proj. FA
Positives: Productive. Stepped up his game last year and became the force the defense needed inside. … Good frame. Built for the part and can handle even getting a little bigger. … A decent interior playmaker. Quick off the ball.

Negatives: Not tremendously athletic. Not an NFL pass rusher. … Was surrounded by terrific talents. Didn’t see much double teaming and could get blasted by anyone looking to push him aside. … Could use his hands better.

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