Karl is a quality defensive lineman who has nice size and athletic ability to play his position. He shows on film good strength and effort on every play and understands situational football. He gets stronger as the game goes on and always steps up his game to impact and either make a play, or be a part of an impact play, when he is needed. Karl might be one of the better run stuffing linemen in this draft. He shows quick feet and nice change of direction skills when rushing and pressuring a QB. Karl understands how to use leverage to defeat an offensive lineman, which, along with his natural strength, are his best assets. He is a smart player and looks to be an excellent teammate. He has played defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense, but I believe his impact position at the next level will be as a defensive end in a 3-4 defense. Using Karl in this style of defense allows you to move him inside on passing downs where he can use his strength and leverage to push the pocket and not allow QB's to step up and make that franchise throw in the championship game. Karl is a sleeper defensive lineman pick in this draft. I call him Karl (The Cleaner) Klug because he is always around in the 4th quarter to clean up and wrap up the wins with a impact play.
Karl is not fast enough or quick enough off the line of scrimmage to rush the passer as a true 4-3 defensive end. Unless he shows more hidden talents at the combine, this limits Karl to being drafted by teams that use a 3-4 defense. However, it doesn't limit Karl from being impactful for the team that drafts him.
If I'm an owner, I have no problems investing my money in a quality player like Karl. I draft him and I tell my coaches to make sure you find a way to use this kid because he will become a fan favorite and a core player for your championship defense. I would bet that after the Senior Bowl and workouts, people will start to talk about Karl a lot more than they do right now. The reason I think that Karl is under the radar is because Karl has been playing the defensive tackle position for his college team and, although he has done an excellent job, that will not be his impact position at the next level. Karl played alongside Adrian Clayborn for the last few years. It's sometimes easy to miss a hard working, undersized defensive tackle when he is working right next to a hard working defensive end. But I did, and I right away recognized Karl's talent, effort, strength and football intelligence. I noticed how well he uses hands to engage, then shed blocks and make tackles in the hole. I also took note of him in the backfield causing QB's to leave the pocket and allow others to make a sack. That's what I noticed; not sure why no one else has? Most of the time players like Karl do not get drafted until the 2nd or 3rd round because they lack a true burst off the line. For me personally, I have no problems with drafting impact players just because they don't fit the perfect football player athletic scenario. But that's just me. He is a sleeper in this draft -- hiding right in front of everyone's eyes, but always picking up the pieces and details no one else wants to. That's why I call him Karl (The Cleaner) Klug.
The BS Detector
Drew Boylhart Jan/11