PROS: Offers exciting ability as a run defender where his power at the point of attack shines. He manhandles tight ends, sets firm edges, squeezes gaps and has good processing skills as a base 4-3 end. Doesn’t have the mass to be consistent on the interior but he does have some penetration skills and stunt upside. Plays with exceptional effort and he’s relentless in pursuit, even down the field. Has plenty of pop in his hands.
CONS: Wish he was longer and more explosive. Lateral mobility misses the mark and his change of direction skills are sluggish. Pass rush upside is modest where his plan and variety is underdeveloped and he lacks flexibility and suddenness to be a dynamic threat. Needs to be more consistent with his pad level. Doesn’t have the extension skills needed to serve as a 5-technique.
BEST TRAIT - Run Defense
WORST TRAIT - Explosiveness, Fluidity, Length
RED FLAGS - None
North Carolina defensive lineman Jason Strowbridge is an exciting run defender that has heavy hands, excellent functional strength, a hot motor and good processing skills to make an impact. With that said, his lack of burst, length and fluidity limit his upside as a pass rusher or gap-penetrator. While Strowbridge has many of the qualities needed to play 5-technique in a 3-4 alignment, his lack of extension skills present restrictions. Strowbridge is likely an early down base end in a 4-3 that can situationally rush from the interior. His ceiling is modest but he has the makings of a quality rotational option.