T. J. is a Clay Mathews Clone. He has excellent athletic talent to go along with
excellent passion to play every play at the highest level that he can. He shows
leadership skills through his play on the field and makes the players around him
better. T. J has the talent all teams running a 3/4 defense are looking for as
an OLB/DE. He could also play inside linebacker in a 4/3 defense. He can be used
in coverage but the truth is his strength is in attacking the line of scrimmage.
He communicates very well with his teammates and is very smart. T. J. has the
potential to become the key player your defense is built around.
TJ is….oh crap let’s not get into nit picking for the sake of nit picking. Is he
perfect athletically…no of course not but he makes up for any athletic
limitations with effort, football intelligence, and passion.
This year my saying is “draft the obvious, don’t over think the process”. When
you see a good player, trust your eyes that they are that, a good player. There
is an old saying “You can find an army but it’s hard to find generals”. TJ could
be a general for your army. That along with his passion, effort, football
intelligence and the “will” to play every play at his best, is enough for me to
rate TJ as one of the “obvious” players to select in this draft early. If you
want to select a more athletic player who doesn’t have the obvious character
intangibles needed to be successful at the next level instead, go right ahead
but for me it’s obvious the type of player TJ will be at the next level and I
like to draft the obvious. TJ has good athleticism and can play multiple
positions in multiple styles of defenses. He can play in coverage as long as you
don’t expect him to cover like a corner back. Like I said I see TJ as a Clay
Mathews clone and if a team is smart and selects him and uses him the same way
Clay Mathews has been used guess what…that team will have a playoff winning
defense. To me that’s obvious.