Tarell‘s athletic talent and size reminds me a lot of Mario Williams. He has the
athletic talent to play in a 3/4 defense on the edge or in a 4/3 defense on the
outside. He has an excellent burst to the play and his effort is outstanding.
Terrell size speed ratio hits the perfect mark and his workouts are outstanding
and with his length there is no reason not to think that Tarell has the
potential to become one of the top edge rusher’s from this draft class.
Tarell does some strange things on the field that confuse me as to why he does
some of the things that he does. It’s almost as if he is working too hard and
not getting the full benefits of his efforts. He is erratic with his steps into
the backfield taking as many as eight to ten steps before getting even into a
pressure situation. Some steps are forward and then the next might be east/west.
He tries too much to out maneuver his opponent instead of using his size and
talent to his advantage. The truth is at times he plays smaller than his size
instead of some players who are able to play bigger than their size. He is also
inconsistent using his hands and long arms to his advantage of locking his
opponent out and controlling him to shed and make tackles.
Tarell has to learn to use his size, length and overall athletic talent to his
advantage and right now that is not happening on every play. When he does you
see an explosive and talented player who can overpower his opponent. But for
some reason Tarell struggles and tries to finesse opponents and that makes him
play smaller than his size. I guess it’s because of his athletic talent that he
thinks he can out maneuver other players rather than just go at them and make
them struggle. He has to stop stepping all over the place and learn to take a
direct line. He has to learn, better hand usage techniques and he has to stop
trying to out think his opponent and learn more how to set up his opponent to
make plays and sacks. There is no doubt about Tarell’s talent and there is no
doubt about his effort but right now someone has to get into this kids head and
rearrange his thinking and that could take some time. Message to Tarell… you’re
not a finesse type of player, stop taking all those steps and start ripping some
freaking heads off and you can be one of the best edge rushers from this deep
class of edge rushers. Remember that old saying, work smarter not harder.