Jared Crick   DT/DE   Nebraska  

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


STRENGTHS

Jared has the size and strength to play multiple positions on the defensive line for the team that drafts him.  He has good athletic talent and along with a "can't quit" work ethic, Jared shows the leadership skills that you can build a defense around.  He handles the double team very well and can work on the defensive line in a 1-gap or 2-gap system in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.  Jared will do more damage on the inside in pass rushing situations at the next level, more than on the outside.  He is not a finesses type of pass rusher.  He takes the most direct path to the quarterback rather than go around a blocker.  He shows strength and has nice footwork that keeps him off the ground and technically sound when defending against the run or when he does rush the passer. The team that drafts Jared will be drafting the type of player you build your defense around because of his talent and ability to gain the respect of his teammates through his consistent play on the field.  He reminds me a lot of Kyle Williams (DL Buffalo Bills). 

 

CONCERNS

Jared struggled this year because of injuries.  He tried to play through them until finally he tore a pectoral muscle and is now listed as out for the rest of the season.  Jared does need to improve his foot quickness, hand usage and learn better pass rushing techniques for the next level.  Right now, he dominates his opponents on strength, but that will not be enough at the next level.

   

BOTTOM LINE

What round Jared is drafted in will depend on his workouts leading up to the draft.  If he shows a lot of athleticism, then look for Jared to be listed on most teams' boards as a possible top ten pick.  If he is still struggling with injuries, then your guess is as good as mine.  For me personally, I consider him a top ten pick.  I also understand that it might take a few years for Jared to impact.  Typically, players with his style of play in college take some time to learn the tricks of the trade at the next level to impact. Jared is a power player and at the college level he is over-powering most of his opponents.  At the NFL level, he will not be able to do that and will need time to grow and learn.  Put him on a line that has good talent and he will impact right away.  Put him on a line where he is the best lineman and he will impact, but not so much in his stats as much as his leadership abilities and work ethic.  Jared is a quality football player.  He shows good football intelligence and that, along with his work ethic, should allow Jared to be successful at the next level.  I call him Jared "Can't Quit" Crick. 

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