Jared Crick 2012 NFL Draft scouting notes

LINCOLN NE - NOVEMBER 13: Jared Crick #94 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs down D.J. Beshears #20 of the Kansas Jayhawks during first half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on November 13 2010 in Lincoln Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Jared Crick
6'6, 285 pounds | Defensive tackle | Nebraska

Notes:
By the time the 2012 NFL Draft comes around, Crick may be considered the top five-technique defensive end available. He has excellent length and a good first step to get off the line. Crick has to rely on his quickness because he's not the strongest tackle and if he gets beat has some trouble off the line. While he may not be the strongest defensive tackle, he plays with good technique and leverage.

Crick may not have top athleticism or an array of moves, but he's good at getting after the passer. Had 10.5 sacks in 2009 alongside Ndamukong Suh. his 9.5 sacks last season was more impressive, though. Crick rarely saw double blockers in 2009 and Five of his sacks came against Baylor. Last season he was given much more attention and remained productive.

Bold statement: Crick will be the best five-technique defensive end in the 2012 NFL Draft but not a top 20 player like some expect.

Games viewed: Washington (2010, twice), Texas ('10), Missouri ('10), Texas A&M ('10), Oklahoma ('10), Baylor (2009), Virginia Tech ('09), Missouri ('09), Oklahoma ('09)

Jared Crick
6'6, 285 pounds | Defensive tackle | Nebraska

Notes:


• Has optimum length for an interior defensive lineman and knows how to use it.

• Crick started his career at Nebraska as a 250-pound defensive end and struggled some getting his weight up. Teams that run a 4-3 may have a hard considering Crick due to his size and strength limitations.

• Considers himself a speed player. As a 4-3 tackle or 3-4 end, Crick's speed would be considered exemplary. He's not fast enough, though, to be considered a 4-3 end prospect.

• A good hustle player who has to rely on getting into blockers before they get to him.

• Has issues anchoring in the run game and will get overpowered by bigger guards.  Doesn't have great shedding ability.

• Works down the line to find and attack the weak spot in the offense.

• Crick is good at shooting gaps and is a good pursuit tackle who gets after the ball.
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