Follow up to post 26.....analysis of UM defensive and ST prospects
Anthony Chickillo DE (3-4) Jr. (Expected to return for Sr. Season)
Pros: Very hard worker. Solid defender against the run, will make TFL. Has put on 25 pounds from his initial 250 frame. Has decent array of moves and non stop motor. High character. Good bloodlines. With another year of strength work and weight gain, should be good enough to be a decent rotational NFL 3-4 DE. Reminds me of a bigger, somewhat better version of John Engelberger.
Cons: Not explosive as a pass rusher. Gets his sacks thru sheer effort and power, won't beat anyone off the edge, has slow feet, little burst. Needs another year of seasoning and 15 more pounds to get up to 290 because right now he's too small to be a 4-3 DT (and not explosive enough) but too big to be a 4-3 DE.
DT Curtis Porter Sr.
Pros: Mammoth NT prospect. Excellent vs. the run. Improved conditioning. Difference maker vs. inside run when he is on the field. Forces double teams.
Cons: Extremely injury prone during career. Doesn't offer much as a pass rusher. Got passed up as a Sr. at times by UVA transfer Justin Renfrow. Not as effective late in the year as he was early on.
LB Denzel Perryman Jr. (Expected to enter draft, just had kid)
Pros: When at ideal weight is a very fast and active LB. Excellent tackler and hard hitter. Agile defender who is good vs. pass and run, can go sideline to sideline. Will test very well strength wise...built well. Very instinctive when deployed in 4-3 Will or Mike role. Will be a very good starting 4-3 Will in the NFL.
Cons: Currently miscast as a 3-4 ILB which is harming his production. Up to about 245 to fit that role which is about 10 pounds heavier than what is the optimum weight for his frame, so speed has suffered a bit compared to prior years. A bit of a tough time adjusting to 3-4 reads, etc. Sometimes has issues getting off blocks.
P Pat O'Donnell (Sr.)
Pros: Excellent at both punting and kickoffs. Gets great hang time and also very consistent eith great averages per punt. Good directional punter and can change field position. Well built for a punter and not afraid to hit people. Does good job getting punts off quick. Very dedicated during practice.
Cons: None really.