The Road Thru Indy: Interior Defensive Lineman

Run stuffing DT’s are at a premium in Part 3

by Three Point Stance Magazine Scouting Director Justin Day | @Jdayerrday |

If you are late to the party, get caught up here.
Part 1 – Specialists
Part 2 – Offensive Lineman
Part 4 – Edges (coming Friday)

The Known Commodity: Jonathan Allen, DT – Alabama

Crazy as it may sound when Allen first got to Alabama there were concerns he may be a tweener, potentially an outside linebacker. Well those days are well over, now 6’3 and 265 lbs he is the top interior defensive lineman in the 2017 NFL Draft and for good reason. He was highly productive on a highly productive defense for his entire college career. A little surprising that he even came back for a senior year but 12 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss did nothing but boost his stock. Another Alabama player goes in the first round.

The Name You’ll Learn: Davon Godchaux, DT – LSU

Most NFL teams are looking for interior lineman who can impact the passing game and Davon Godchaux is one of the best in this class. He possess a great first step, which I’m very excited to see his 3 cone drill, and flexibility not seen by many players his size (6’4 293 lbs). I think this could be a guy who will shine under the lights of the combine and shoot up some boards. Last season at LSU he had 6.5 sacks and I think he’s comparable to Nick Fairley. Any pick inside the 3rd round would be a steal.

The Virtual Unknown: Eddie Vanderdoes, DT – UCLA

Apart from an ACL injury Vanderdoes was a pretty solid starter for UCLA and quite a productive one. He’s really good at affecting the run game but is pretty putrid when it comes to possessing any pass rushing abilities. I think he could develop into a decent pass rusher but I think his money could be made stuffing the run and in short yardage situations. Another problem is he’s a little chunky but if he could get with an NFL nutritionist and shed some weight he could do better than 2.5 sacks. I like his upside, especially in the 5th or 6th rounds.

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