PROS: Has found steady production on account of effort and urgency. Is a gap-disciplined player that understands fits. Has found success as a blitzer with flashes of good ability to convert speed to power and play into the backfield. Experienced and durable player with three years of starting experience and four years of contributions. Has active hands when sifting through traffic. Is a sound tackler that wraps low and works to bring his feet through contact.
CONS: Limited in terms of athletic ability, size and play strength. Lacks natural explosion or fluidity with his movements. Change of direction ability and lateral mobility are below average for an off-ball role. Lacks the play strength needed to hold up against blocks and is frequently blasted out of his gap. Too many flat-footed reps both working down hill or dropping into space. Doesn't process or read his keys quickly or correctly enough to work ahead of blocks. Doesn't have ideal height or weight; overall physical upside is not exciting. Lack of mental sharpness and physical gifts do not project favorably in coverage or defending the run with consistency. Angles to the football are inconsistent. Contact power as a tackler is below average. Must play with better leverage.