Trey is excellent against defending the run. He shows in his workouts (with a
CPM score of 91.0) that he has a lot more talent to become a good, solid pass
rusher also. He has extraordinarily long arms that allow him to play bigger than
his size and he shows the character and work ethic needed to be successful at
the next level. Right now Trey is what I call a “slip and tackle” type of
defender instead of a “shed and tackle” type of defender. He is deceivingly
strong and because of his long arms he can keep players off his body and slip by
them to make tackles in the hole. Trey looks to be a perfect fit as a strong
side defensive end in a 4-3 defense because of his talent to play against the
run. He can handle those big right tackles against the run and, because of his
natural strength, is very stout against double teams if a tight end decided to
get into the blocking mix and help out the right tackle. Trey is a developmental
player who can help in a rotational situation until he develops into the
starting defensive lineman that his talents suggest he can become.
Right now there are a lot of areas that Trey has to improve on before he can
become a starting defensive lineman. He has very few pass rush moves and,
although he is stout against the run, he must improve his explosiveness off the
line of scrimmage when he is defending against the run or going to pass rush.
Also he needs to get to the quarterback faster on passing downs. He comes off
the line and engages, then hesitates, then re-engages, then hesitates and then
makes a play or creates pressure. This has to stop; getting his long arms up
when he can’t get to the quarterback and disturbing the pass lane is a must if
Trey wants to become an impact pass rusher.
I’m not going to screw around here; Trey may be too nice to play in the NFL.
From the looks of his play on the field and the potential to develop because of
his athletic talent, I believe that once he gets into a strength and
conditioning program in a pro setting, he could wind up being one of the better
pure 4-3 defensive ends in this draft. However, that depends on whether or not
he can get a little tougher mentally and play with more passion. That’s going to
be the key for this kid to be successful at the next level, playing with more
enthusiasm to get into the backfield and more explosiveness off the line on the
snap of the ball. He addresses these issues and Trey will become an impact
player, a core player, and a fan favorite for the team that selects him. That’s
his potential and we all know how hard it is for some players to reach that
potential if they don’t have the character and work ethic. In this case, I think
Trey has both of those attributes.