Drew Boylhart December 2007
DeMario Pressley   DT   North Carolina St

STRENGTHS
DeMario has the size, athletic talent and overall potential to be the best DT in this draft.  He has excellent quickness and strength off the ball and can play in any style of defense.  In a 3-4 defense, he should be an excellent DE; however, if push comes to shove, I’m sure he could play the nose for you and do a very good job.  He will be effective in any type of defense because he uses very good techniques in defending against the run as well as rushing the pass.  He will be able to impact in any style of defense.  DeMario is a hell of a player.  I call him DeMario (Rock & Roll) Pressley because he makes a defense rock and roll.  What?!  You thought I was going to nickname him Elvis?!

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

DeMario just needs more confidence.  He needs more repetitions and some good coaching to continue his development.  DeMarco also needs to become a little more aggressive when rushing the passer.  He has everything else. 


TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

I do not believe that DeMario realizes how good he can really be!  Let me give you some idea.  He can play in a 1-gap attack defense or 2-gap defense.  He can be used in a defense like the Pittsburgh Steelers where the linemen fall off into passing lanes on third and long; or, he can be used in the conventional 4-3 defense like the Garden State Giants use.  He could fill the position of strong side DE in a 4-3 and then move inside on third and long passing downs to take advantage of his quickness as an inside pass rusher.  DeMarco can also be used as a DT in the conventional 4-3 defense or he could fit the position of DE in a 3-4 defense because he has the athletic talent to drop off into pass coverage on third downs.  The kid right now is a little behind in his experience for two reasons.  First, he is on a college team that had some excellent defensive linemen for the last few years; second, he’s had some injuries.  I think DeMarco is an excellent team player and in the years leading up to this one, was content to let his teammates take the lead.  Now it is up to DeMarco to fill that role.  DeMarco is the type of player that when you see him once, he makes the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up.  He has that much pure talent.  Draft him and give him a few years to develop and this kid will be one of the best defensive linemen in the league.  A lot of teams will be knocking themselves over the head because they didn’t draft him.  This is the type of kid that is a bit of a sleeper because all of his talents are still not on display right now.  He is also the type of kid that gets scouts fired because you, as a scout, did not recommend DeMario be drafted by your team in the first round.  Rock ‘n roll baby…rock and roll.