NAME: Demarcus Christmas
SCHOOL: Florida State
POSITION: Defensive Tackle
CLASS: RS Senior
JERSEY: No. 90
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 309 lbs
Starting 26 games across the last two seasons, Christmas tallied 57 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks. But don’t let his modest production fool you, Christmas is a quality defensive tackle that offers excellent power at the point of attack.
Entering year three as a starter for the Noles, Christmas is expected to anchor the defensive interior for the first time without Derek Nnadi. The most notable strength of Christmas’ is how stout his anchor is. Difficult to move out of his gap, Christmas offers outstanding play strength and physicality. He is aggressive with his hands to initiate first contact to control reps initially.
As evidenced by his modest production, Christmas needs to become more refined in his ability to disengage blocks. Despite stacking blocks and often resetting the line of scrimmage, shedding blocks to finish plays is an area that needs improvement.
As a pass rusher, Christmas does have the ability to convert speed to power and walk back interior blockers but he lacks the juice, hand technique and flexibility to project as an impact pass rusher in the NFL.
Christmas is ready to defend the run in the NFL, but showcasing a far more dynamic pass rushing skill set in his final year is critical to his draft stock.