Johnny Dingle DE West Virginia
One of the best kept secret DEís in this draft is this kid.
He has good size, speed and strength to go along with a
great burst off the line of scrimmage. He has football
smarts and understands how to set up an offensive lineman
for the big sack at the most important part of a game.
Johnny looks like he is a good teammate and will do the
grunt work as well as the flashy stuff so long as somebody
gets the sack. John has the strength and size to be used on
the inside in passing downs. He is a very underrated DE at
this stage of the draft, but I believe after the workouts
that he will move up in the eyes of the scouts and GMís.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Right now, Johnny lacks the mental strength and stamina to
play a full NFL schedule at the level his talents suggests
that he can play. He has to get in better shape and needs
to work more on his quickness and different pass rush
skills. He also has to get stronger to hold up to the
double team. In short, Iím not sure of Johnís work ethic
and my guess is that the scouts are not sure either.
TALENT BOARD ROUND 2
Johnny has some excellent developmental skills to become a
strong side DE in a 4-3 defense. He is a natural pass
rusher and does a good job holding up against the run. He
can play either side of the line and when he is let loose in
a pass rushing situation, he can become a hand full. Johnny
does lack the quickness of a true pass rusher, but he makes
up for it with instincts and football maturity. Most scouts
are going to suggest that they donít feel that there is much
more growth potential in Johnnyís game, but I disagree. He
is a smart kid -- a survivor -- and he will find a way to
improve and become a core player for the team that drafts
him. I have a feeling that he might not be a good practice
player because of his lack of stamina and mental strength
and, in my gut, I feel that is what is holding scouts back
from pushing this kid. I can see their point. I have this
pinging going on in my head right now that is suggesting
that very same thing. But we shall see. This is another
kid that once he gets drafted just might start to take his
talent more seriously than he has in the past and if he
does, someone is going to draft themselves a hell of a DE.