Drew Boylhart   1/09

Paul Kruger   DE   Utah         

 

STRENGTHS

Paul has excellent size, strength and quickness to play his position.  He is a heads up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler and is very strong.  He uses his arms & hands like a DT when defending against the run.  He does a great job shedding and making a tackle.  Paul looks to be a good teammate and shows leadership skills through his play on the field.  He plays with passion and effort;  he's a smart player who understands situational football. 

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Right now, Paul's best pass rush move is a bull rush.  He will have to learn some more moves and when he does, he is going to be a recurring nightmare for offensive tackles, RB's and QB's to deal with in the backfield. 

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

Paul reminds me of Chris Long (DE St Louis) who was the second pick of the 2008 draft.  Paul is quicker and just as strong.  He does have a lot to learn as far as pass rush moves are concerned, but he will do it and when he does he will be an excellent DE.  Before it is all said and done, I would not be surprised to see Paul move into the 1st round on most teams' boards.  For me, personally, he has top ten talent because he can stop the run and has the talent to learn to be an excellent pass rusher in the near future.  My guess is that he will become a very good strong side DE because he handles the run and double team very well.  Also, he is strong with an inside pass rush along with his bull rush.  He shows very good athleticism and just might be a pretty good OLB in a 3-4 defense except he is a little stiff in the hips, so I like him with his hand down.   I call him Paul (Freddie) Kruger because in the future this kid is going to be a nightmare for offensive tackles to deal with.