Hand Technique/Length - He'll get outreached from time to time by more rangy OL but his hand activity is urgent and showcases significant power in his hands to jolt and collapse the POA. Appreciate his tight quarters usage to create torque and twist in OL bodies and decrease angles to push through gaps.
Competitive Toughness - Work as a rally defender when the play goes away could stand for some extra enthusiasm but when charging the pocket as a pass rusher, he shows good motor. Very good functional strength and rarely gets his pads bubbled to give ground. He's really powerful and sports a compact build to play low.
Two Gap Ability - Doesn't have the necessary length to successfully stack up blockers with consistency but he'll long arm in the B-gap and show success providing space to shed. He's not a nose and needs to primarily play B-gap in the early downs. 2-gap takes him away from his strengths.
Gap Penetration Skills - Potent first step and good lateral quickness for L-steps to swap gaps quickly at the snap and transition up the field. He's light on his feet and nimble to attack daylight out of his stance or work across the face of blockers in head up scenarios. Plays through contact successfully.
Tackling - Violent finisher thanks to his explosive qualities. There's plenty of mobility in mirror situations to mask for his lack of true length or tackle radius and he's a sufficient finisher in the phone booth. Will get a good wrap on the body even if he's got blockers leaning on his frame.
Flexibility - Shows a fairly dynamic base in his stance and good hip hinge to coil and anchor as needed. There's good lateral lean as well to turn corners tight as a rusher, he'll drop the inside shoulder and get a tight apex on his rushes to get into the body of the quarterback against guards.
Pass Rush Counters - Powerful hands are complimented with his footwork to gain ground and pair hand strikes with his penetration step. Rips through contact well and has successfully bulled guards into the mesh against numerous opponents. Have seen him push/pull to create turned shoulders.
First Step Quickness - Every so often you'll catch him slow out of the blocks but his pure explosiveness is really good and on obvious passing downs there's potent burst off the snap to challenge blocks and get hip to hip with interior blockers quickly.
Feet/COD - Surprisingly graceful in open field situations. Natural athlete deserving of the "dancing bear" moniker and is smooth with redirections, especially in shallow angles with momentum pressed forward into the LOS. Appreciate how clean he vacates gaps in lateral situations.
Versatility - Got worked in a lot of alignments and found disruption in all of them. Like him as a stunt defender as well, smooth peeling behind a teammate and acceleration through vacated space. Can win at the NFL level as a 3T or a 5T with little issue and rush head up over the C on obvious passing situations.
Best Trait - Explosiveness
Worst Trait - Length
Best Film - Mississippi (2019)
Worst Film - Clemson (2019)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Justin Madubuike projects favorably into numerous defensive fronts. Implemented as a 0-tech NT in rush situations, 3T and also as a base end, there's versatility here that makes Madubuike an appealing player in a number of different fronts. His explosiveness is best implemented in a penetration role and he shouldn't be bothered with trying to stack or two-gap blocks for his best results. There's some polish needed for consistency's sake but this is a future NFL starter up front.