Dalvin Tomlinson-DT-Alabama
Size: 6’3 310lbs

Dalvin Tomlinson

Strengths:

  • Powerful
  • Long arms
  • Extremely intelligent
  • Technique
  • Takes on multiple blockers
  • Block shedding

Analysis: Dalvin Tomlinson is not your typical SEC defensive lineman. He could have gone to Harvard based on his academic abilities, but chose Alabama as a four-star recruit because of their success on the gridiron. He has good arm length with power in his large hands. Fires jarring punch into blockers quickly and is in control of the rep. Has good feel for double teams. Broad, powerful hips and strong post leg helps him drop anchor against down blocks. Awareness and power helps him constrict his gaps. Maintains two-gap responsibility until it’s time to tackle. Doesn’t linger on blocks long. Stacks and sheds with consistency. Locates ball quickly. Recognizes run-direction tendency from certain formations. Quality motor and effort. Chases outside his area like he expects to make the play. Willing to do dirty work in Alabama’s twisting defensive scheme. Does outstanding job of occupying both blockers on twists. Active hands in passing lane to bat down passes.

Weaknesses:

  • Played with elite prospects on the Bama defense
  • Won’t beat you with pass rush moves
  • Slow burst off the snap
  • Only one season playing more than 45% of snaps at Alabama

Analysis: Dalvin Tomlinson was overshadowed at Alabama with all the elite prospects on the team. He was surrounded by upper-echelon prospects, which eases attention/game-planning on him. Slow-twitch defender who lacks quickness into neutral zone off the snap. Most pass-rush success comes via twists and games up front. Not a threat to beat interior pass protection with rush moves. Makes predictable pass-rush charges and doesn’t garner enough pocket push as bull rusher.

What the scouts say: “I don’t know how he flew under the radar so long because he is a dude. If you liked those guys from last year (Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson), no reason you won’t like this one.” — AFC South scout

NFL Comparison: Javon Hargrave

Draft Projection: Round 3

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