Jay Alford   DT/DE   Penn St

 

STRENGTHS 

Jay is a very quick, strong player with good feet and solid DT skills.  He is a nightmare for a right guard to deal with on third and long situations.  Jay shows intelligence and never stops working. He does a decent job against the run and a good job using his quickness to shoot the gap and disrupt the O-lineman’s blocking assignments.  Jay has the athletic talent to play more than one position and with his quickness, he should be an excellent pass rushing D-lineman for the team that drafts him.  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Jay is playing out of position.  For the next level, I believe he will be a strong side DE in a 4-3 defense or a DE in a 3-4 defense.  Playing the DT position in college will affect his draft status and that’s a bit of a shame.  He does not have that “blow by you” pass rushing speed, but he has just about everything else. 

 

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 3

I don’t think Jay is going to be the type of pass rusher that is going to blow around a tackle to the QB.  I think he will be more like a Michael Strahan-style DE using power and technique to do his damage.  The truth is that he is much quicker than Strahan in a small space.   Jay will have to learn all the tricks of the trade and, if he has a good work ethic to go along with his natural talent, then given the time, he should work himself into a very good strong side DE.  He does a really solid job defending against the run and is a perfect fit for a 1-gap defense.  But, for this draft, that makes him a system D-lineman, which means he could go in just about any round depending on how many teams run a 1-gap system and if they need D-lineman.  Personally, I think he has good developmental talent to play in more than one style of defense but that would also make his LTI longer.  I think he is a good kid with solid talent and athleticism to play at the next level; therefore, no matter what round you pick him, you should be getting a pretty good player  -- if not an eventual impact and core player for your team.

Drew Boylhart

January/2007