Gervon Dexter 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Key contributor since his freshman year (2020)
- Last season’s stat line: 51 tackles, 2.5 sacks
- Scheme tendencies: Nose tackle
- 2022 projected role: Interior anchor for the Florida defense. Attract double teams and free up second-level defenders
Pros: Gervon Dexter is a massive defensive lineman that aligns primarily at the interior defensive line position. The Gators run multiple fronts, which allows Dexter to move from gap to gap and take advantage of mismatches. Dexter possesses a rare combination of size and athleticism and uses it to overwhelm offensive lineman in both run defense and pass rush opportunities. Against the run, Dexter shows to have good natural strength where he can easily stalemate offensive linemen at the line of scrimmage and disrupt run plays. Dexter is also effective when he is asked to penetrate gaps, where he can use his quick first step and get gap penetration to disrupt plays. When rushing the quarterback, he prefers to use his size, speed, and power to collapse the pocket by bull-rushing offensive linemen deep into the pocket.
Cons: Although Gervon Dexter has a great combination of size, athleticism, and strength, he doesn’t always use it to his advantage. Dexter has the speed to beat offensive linemen quickly in his pass rush but he waits too long to activate his pass-rush moves. He has the potential to be dominant in this area because of his natural gifts. In the run game, he can use his strength to shed offensive linemen quicker. There are times when he properly locks out the offensive lineman but he doesn’t completely defeat the block by shedding them.
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