NAME: Dontavius Russell
POSITION: Interior Defensive Lineman
CLASS: RS Senior
JERSEY: No. 95
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 310 lbs
PROS: Generally holds his own against solo blocks. Flashes a strong swim move. Plays hard and physical. Moves well for a nose tackle. Decent first step. Powerful and when pad level is right can press opponent off his frame. Pad level is typically solid. Prototype space eater. Built-in leverage makes him tough to re-locate. Effort is there as a pass rusher. High character prospect who is a respected leader in the locker room.
CONS: Too few flashes as a pass rusher to expect an every-down contributor right away. Not overly explosive or long. Often body-to-body as a run defender. Slow to disengage from contact and won’t make a ton of stops as a result. Needs to utilize full arm extension. Lacks the range to make plays to the boundary. Mental processing is better than teammate Derrick Brown, but still can use work. Zone schemes presented difficulty for him. Success rate vs doubles was all over the place. Will likely never be a big behind-the-line-of-scrimmage difference maker. Carries some extra weight in the mid-section.