Linval is a large, athletic defensive lineman who has excellent strength and balance to become a Pro Bowl defensive lineman for the team that drafts him. He has excellent feet and is quick enough to rush the passer, handle a double team and still make a tackle or fight through it to pressure the QB. Linval works well with his defensive linemen and gives good effort on every play. His techniques are very mature for a college player when playing in either a 1-gap or 2-gap defensive line systems. Linval is athletic enough to be used as a DE in a 3-4 defense because of his burst off the line, his ability to run players down and his change of direction skills. In short, Linval is one of the best defensive tackles in this draft and it will be very hard to keep this kid from becoming the player his potential suggests that he can become.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Linval has been playing with a group of Seniors that are very good players and very well coached. The question for Linval is, once this emotional structure is gone, how will Linval deal with the pressure of money and being the man that everyone looks to for impact? The answer to this will be the key to him becoming the top player his talent suggests that he can become.
Linval has as much talent to impact for the team that drafts him as Ndamukong Suh. That's right, he has that type of talent. The difference is that Linval has been surrounded by players who are as good and the coaching for the front four on this team is outstanding. Linval has not had to carry his team in the same way Suh has. When Linval goes out for a rest, some pretty good players come in to replace him and impact for his college team. That takes a lot of pressure off Linval mentally and emotionally, which means that he can make plays as they come to him rather than have to make a play that his team needs him to make at important times in a game. Linval did not need to be the focal point of his college teams defense and he did not have to carry his team to victory on his play alone. That's the difference between Ndamukong Suh and Linval. I think this kid will do it and become a player you make your defense around because he has seen how it is done: Linval has played with some great players and has had excellent coaching who have all shown him the way. This kid is going to be a hell of a football player. I call him Linval (Baby Suh) Joseph because he has the talent of the great Kong, but he hasn't been forced to use it like Ndamukong because he has been cocooned with excellent talent around him.
Drew Boylhart 2/10