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Nevada has a pair of prospects worth watching Saturday

Don’t sleep on these two standouts. National Football Post

December 23, 2011
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The Breakdown…

DE Brett Roy (6-4 280)
An undersized interior lineman who had quite the senior season with over 10 sacks and nearly 20 tackles for loss. However, it's tough to find a position for him at the next level. Possesses good bend when coiled up into his stance, but consistently pops upright off the football. Extends his arms well helping him gain leverage and control blocks, but doesn't routinely keep his base under him. Uses his hands well to disengage and has a know how of how to shed on contact and find the football. Is powerful with his hands and does a nice job finding the football. However, isn't' overly sudden/quick when trying to shed and close on the football. Once he frees himself has good range off his frame, but slowed initially to shed and close. Doesn't have a ton of anchor strength and needs to one-gap off the snap and create penetration before plays start. Is routinely sealed from the action inside when trying to anchor at the point of attack and his skill set makes me think he's better suited to play outside in a 43 where he can anchor and shed on the edge.

Gets upright off the snap in the pass game. Showcases some initial quickness and understands angles. Does a nice job playing off the shoulder of opposing blockers and using his hands to shed and make his way up the field. However, gets upright and despite being able to slip contact at the college level, doesn't have a great burst to accelerate away from his man and will struggle to fight through contact at the next level. When working the bullrush will get upright and then into contact drop his head and extend his arms in order to create a push. Can overwhelm taller/weaker tackles, but can't see him as a consistent threat in the NFL. Isn't real sudden laterally or quick when asked to slip blocks or gain a step one-on-one, more of a linear player who is at his best engaged looking to slip.

A good athlete who is expected to test very well for his size at the Combine.

Impression: He's been productive as a senior, but I just don't see the athletic skill set needed for that production to carry over to the NFL. Should get a shot, but looks more like a DE in run situations and an inside rusher in nickel. Either way doesn't look dynamic enough as an athletic to be a big time pass rushing force either way.

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