RJ McIntosh Draft Profile

RJ McIntosh draft profile

Strengths:

  • Talented and a plus athlete
  • Plays with low pads and good knee bend
  • Plays with plus flexibility and moves like a defensive end in space
  • Pursuit quickness gets him involved on more plays
  • Productive tackler from an interior position
  • Has foot quickness to be an edge rusher
  • Had seven batted passes in 2017
  • Quick to stop rush and play the throw
  • Blocked two kicks this year on special teams

Analysis: RJ McIntosh is an athletic defensive tackle with the speed and quickness to make impact plays, but needs to get stronger and more technical to carve out a long NFL career. Although I believe he should have stayed another year with the Hurricanes for his senior season, McIntosh did play well in his junior (and final) season, receiving second-team All-SEC notice. He started all 13 games in 2017, recording 52 tackles, 12.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks, and seven pass breakups. McIntosh made his presence felt as a sophomore, as well, starting 12 games and racking up 42 stops, 8.5 for loss, two sacks, and two pass breakups. He played in five games as a true freshman in 2015, making four tackles, one for loss. He has elite speed as an interior rusher and can win leverage battles with his solid knee bend and low pads. He will need to sit on the bench for a couple of seasons, but can make an impact immediately on special teams.

Weaknesses:

  • Contact balance is below average
  • Base fails him
  • Will need to live in the weight room to improve core strength
  • Struggles to play square
  • Gets snatched up as pass rusher
  • Hands are busy, but not efficient or jarring
  • Needs to play with better aggression at the point of attack

Analysis: RJ McIntosh has developmental potential to work with and should take a big step forward once he learns to work his hands as a pass rusher, something that is very raw at the moment. While he has disruptive potential, he has to get his play strength to a functional level in order to hold up as an every-down player. While teams will likely view him as a defensive tackle, McIntosh could fit as a base 4-3 end with the ability to reduce inside on passing downs. Once he begins to add the strength/muscle he desperately needs his base should become more of an anchor and his balance issues should begin to resolve.

What the execs say: “Should have stayed in. He needs to keep growing into his frame and get a lot stronger. You don’t want to come out until you know you’re ready to do battle against grown men and I don’t think he’s there yet.” — AFC Director of Scouting

Size: 6’5 286lbs

Draft Grade: 5th round with a very high ceiling

NFL Comparison: Akeem Spence

Draft Projection: Round 3-4

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