Jay Alford DT/DE Penn St
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.