Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Dalvin Tomlinson

Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama
6-3, 310
Tomlinson was a four year player for the Crimson Tide, and was yet another player poached by the staff from the State of Georgia
He redshirted his first season at Alabama, as he had torn his ACL while playing soccer his senior season of high school.
He played in one game as a rs freshman, and totaled four tackles in that effort.
As a sophomore, he finished with 22 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, a sack, and two QB hurries.
As a junior, he finished with 34 tackles, six PBUs, and four QB hurries.
He blew up a bit as a senior, with 62 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, three sacks, four PBUs, and seven QB hurries.
The Good
Super smart young man with excellent academics.
Has been through adversity, as both of his parents have passed away. This is what drives him to succeed.
Solid arm length, which he uses to his advantage.
Eats up double teams.
Sheds blocks quickly.
Finds the ball and targets the carrier very efficiently.
Knows how to read an offense, and is not fooled by misdirection.
Has played inside and out.
High motor guy, Wants in on the action.
Solid hand work, and can get to balls in the air.
The Bad
Only had one season where he was used as a full time starter.
Does not always explode off of the snap.
Does not possess a ton of moves, and is fairly straight forward.
Does not have a history of getting to the QB. May be a first two down run tackle.
Final Overview
While not the most athletic guy out there, Tomlinson has a major brain for the game and for life, and will be an instant character guy for your locker room. He is one of the smartest players in the draft, and will always get after the play, and his motor should carry him a long way. He is extremely coachable, and do whatever it takes, and the league has plenty of room for guys like this. He is a solid get in the mid rounds of this draft.

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