Dalvin Tomlinson   DL   Alabama

TALENT
ROUND
3

STRENGTHS
Dalvin has he size, strength and foot speed to be a solid Defensive lineman for the team that selects him if used in a 2 gap system. He does a solid job shedding blocks and making tackles at the line of scrimmage. He has the size and strength to push the pocket on passing downs. Dalvin shows good lateral agility to stretch out running plays to allow linebackers to fill and make tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Dalvin works well with his line mates and looks to be overall solid player for the team that selects him.

CONCERNS
In a 2 gap system Dalvin is solid but heís not impacting. The biggest reason is he is slow off the snap and is inconsistent with his pad level to drive his man back and change the line of scrimmage on every play. Devin struggles against double teams because of being inconsistent off the line and losing leverage. He also has inconsistent hand usage. He shows good effort on every play but the truth is he doesnít show the passion to finish and get into the back field to disrupt plays. Of course that may be what his college team wants from him because I believe he has the talent to be impacting in a different system.

BOTTOM LINE
Dalvin has the size and athletic talent to play inside in a 4/3 defense and outside or on the nose in a 3/4 defense. That being said I think Dalvin would be much more effective in a 1 gap attack system because he seems bored in a 2 gap system. He does his job but the passion is not there. He has the athletic talent to play in a 1 gap system and I think he would become more impacting in that style because when he is used on stunts and used to rush the passer you see the burst off the line youíre looking for. He has to stay inside because he is stiff in the hips and his change of direction skills are poor but he could become impacting in a disrupting way and cause big problems affecting timing and making QBís move into sacks instead of away from sacks. Dalvin will be a solid player but I donít think he will ever be a big sack player. I do believe that there is the potential for Dalvin to become a more impacting player if he is used in a different system than he was used in college.

Drew Boylhart  MAR.2017