Run Defense - Works quickly into the neutral zone and establishes first contact to control reps. Low center of gravity combines lower body power to create a firm anchor. Plays end for Alabama and was tasked with setting the edge which he did firmly but life will be different on the interior in the NFL. Lack of length is concerning.
Pass Rush - Was miscast rushing off the edge for Alabama and linear rush tracks will serve him well. Stubby arms makes it difficult to deploy rush moves. Delayed in executing secondary counters. Likely to be most effective as a pocket pusher than a guy who gets to the edges of blocks and corners angles.
Effort - When the motor is cranked up, Buggs illustrates exciting effort and his impact is notable. With that said, there are plenty of instances where he lacks urgency. Secondary effort is often lacking and he is content being stuck on blocks.
Hand Technique - Hands are heavy and violent, capable of controlling blockers at the point of attack. Illustrates good variety of moves to shuck blocks and play through opponents. Needs to deploy counters quicker.
Flexibility - He’s tight overall but especially in the lower half. Labors to change directions and he’s sluggish in lateral pursuit. Ball carriers have no issues cutting across his face.
Play Strength - He’s a tank that isn’t easily moved. Compact frame and a low center of gravity combined with his density makes him stout at the point of attack. Contact power and balance are sound.
Play Speed - He isn’t going to put stress on blockers to set up road blocks in pass protection. Burst and closing speed are ordinary. Fairly quick processor to ID blocks and find the football.
Lateral Movement - Lacking the ideal mobility in lateral pursuit to flow down the line of scrimmage or to the sideline. Working back across his momentum is a challenge. Lack of length impedes his ability to clear contact and create favorable pathways to pursue.
Versatility - Surprisingly played defensive end for the Crimson Tide but he’ll need to play on the interior in the NFL where his body type and athletic profile fits best. More of a shade than a 3-technique in a 4-3. Does not have the extension skills to succeed in a two-gapping role.
BEST TRAIT - Power
WORST TRAIT - Length/Effort
RED FLAGS - None
After two seasons in the JUCO ranks, Buggs was a two-year starter for Alabama. He found his way in 2017 before a standout senior season that included 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Primarily playing on the edge for Alabama, Buggs will transition to the interior defensive line at the next level. His power and compact frame makes him an appealing option but his lack of length and mobility tempers his projection. More concerning, however, is his lack of consistency with his effort on a snap-to-snap basis. There are some restrictions present but Buggs has a chance to be a sound rotational player.
Round Grade - Mid Day Three