Timmy has the size and strength most teams look for in a versatile defensive
tackle. He has good balance and excellent north-south quickness and foot speed.
He can play in a 2-gap system because of the effort he gives on every play but
his impact will be as a 1-gap disrupter, getting into the backfield and flushing
a quarterback out of the pocket or tackling a running back before he reaches the
line of scrimmage. Timmy shows the explosion off the line and quickness that
will make him difficult for offensive linemen to block him one-on-one. He shows
decent lateral agility to play in a 2-gap system and also as a nose tackle on
passing downs. Timmy looks on film to be a good teammate who works well with his
linemen, which is important for a defensive tackle. He will do the grunt work
and take up blockers so others can make the impact play.
Timmy struggles to get off blocks and make tackles, but he knows that and he is
smart so what he tries to do in a case like that is take on more than one
blocker pushing them into each other like an offensive lineman blocking for a
running back. This allows linebackers and others who get free to make the
tackle. He is strong and although he doesnít handle the double team very well
because he gets up too high trying to use his strength and loses leverage. So
instead he will pull linemen to the ground causing pile ups and making it much
harder to run the ball. Heís a smart player and understands how to get the most
out of his athletic talents.
Timmy should impact as a DT in a 4-3 defense that uses a 1-gap attack system. On
passing downs, he can be moved into the nose tackle position in a 3-4 defense
and take on a center and guard and make them try to stop him from getting into
the backfield and flushing or sacking a quarterback. In fact, Timmy doesnít make
his tackles on the line of scrimmage; he makes his tackles before the line of
scrimmage and in the opponentís backfield. He will struggle to hold his gaps on
running plays, but itís not from a lack of effort in any way. He will penetrate
and affect the gap just not be able to hold the gap, shed the block or blockers
and make a tackle in the hole continually through 4 quarters. Itís real simple:
Timmy has excellent talent to impact at the next level if used in the right
system. You can use him in multiple positions and in multiple fronts and if you
donít expect him to shut down the running game in the fourth quarter when his
team is behind, you will be drafting yourself an excellent defensive tackle.
Timmy never stops playing and he plays to his athletic talents and understands
that shedding blocks and making tackles is not the strong point of his game, but
impacting and disrupting is and Timmy does that as well as anyone I have seen
coming out in any draft.