Drew Boylhart   3/09

Alex Magee   DT   Purdue         

 

STRENGTHS

Alex is a powerful player who played mostly at the DE position for his college team.  He shows good athletic talent and looks like he could put on another 15 to 20 lbs without it affecting his athletic abilities.  He does a solid job with an inside rush and uses his hands well.  Alex is strong on run defense and is the type of player that, although he will need some time to develop at the next level, his work ethic looks to be worth the wait.  Alex has good potential to become a solid DT and a core player for the team that drafts him.  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Alex lacks the quick feet that you like to see when a defensive lineman comes off the line.  Good, quick feet in a D-lineman will cause an offensive lineman to redirect and get off balance.  Alex can compensate for this with strong hand-fighting, better leverage and quickness off the snap.  

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 4

I like this kid's long range potential to be a core defensive lineman in the NFL.  You might think he would be a better fit for a 3-4 defense, but I just feel that his lack of foot quickness will be a liability.  He needs players on both sides of him to compete.  He is not slow and he does a good job re-directing, but he is not quick to pick his feet up and put them back down, which leaves him susceptible to RB's who can redirect quickly as well as to zone blocking schemes used nowadays by most NFL teams.  I believe that given the time and added weight, along with some good DT coaching, this kid could be a very  good player.  Alex is a pick to look for on the second day of the draft.