Personal: Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAA All-State Honorable Mention and Best in Georgia Top 50…Macon Telegraph Top 50…Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Honorable Mention …All-Region as a junior and senior…participated in the North-South game…Rivals.com No. 21 weakside defensive end…helped lead team to state 4A championship as a junior, tallying 73 tackles and eight sacks…also a letterwinner in basketball…High School Coach: Steve Pennington.
Notes: Also lettered in basketball as a Georgia prep. Redshirted in 2007. Saw action in 13 games (one start) in '08 and produced 19 tackles, 4½ tackles for loss and 2½ sacks with two pass breakups. Started 10 games at outside linebacker in '09 and recorded 39-15-7½ with one pass breakup and one forced fumble. Missed the first two games of the season after being suspended for violating team rules. Did not play against Tennessee Tech because of a hyperextended elbow. Was a finalist for the Butkus and Nagurski awards in '10 after starting all 13 games at rush linebacker in the Bulldogs' 3-4 scheme and producing 67-18½-10 with two breakups, one interception and a forced fumble.
Positives: Big, strong and powerful - has an NFL build with a thick lower body and very long arms. Heavy hands to rip off blocks or walk tackles into the backfield. Good burst off the edge - displays bend, balance and leverage to run the arc. Excellent body control, lateral agility and change of direction. Strong wrap tackler. Has rushed from two- and three-point stances. Bulked up for the Combine and tested off the charts, including a 36½-inch vertical leap and broad jump of 10 feet, 5 inches.
Negatives: Tight-hipped and straight-linish. Needs more glass in his diet - inconsistent physicality against the run and is too easily washed. Needs to develop more counter moves - relies on tug-and-rip. Too easily outathleted to the corner against Georgia Tech's option attack - does not show a second gear to recover from mistakes. Limited in man coverage. Average instincts and intensity. Motor runs hot and cold - does not consistently play hard. Too much finesse and not enough urgency. Has underachiever traits and character needs to be looked into.
Summary: Strong, explosive, tightly wound, power-leverage rusher with first-round talent and disruptive ability, but tests better than he plays and has bust potential given his inconsistent effort and character questions. At his best standing up with his ears pinned back and will draw the interest of 3-4 teams such as the Jets, Patriots, Packers and Steelers.