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Natrez Patrick recruit scouting report: Aggressive defensive end

Patrick is one of the top defensive line prospects in the 2015 class. Here is our scouting report on him.

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Natrez Patrick, a product of Mays High School in Atlanta, Ga., is one of the top defensive line prospects in the 2015 class.

Patrick checks in at 6'3, 220 pounds, and should continue to grow as he spends time in the weight room. The talented weak-side defensive end holds scholarship offers to Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, South Carolina and Tennessee, and other programs continue to show interest. He also attended Auburn's junior day in February.

Patrick is rated by 247Sports' composite as the 50th best player in his class, as well as the sixth-best weak-side defensive end. He is also listed as the sixth-best player from the Peach State in 2015, which is quite the accomplishment considering the amount of talent that comes out of Georgia each year. ESPN, Rivals and Scout all list Patrick as a four-star recruit and feature him in their top-100 rankings, with Rivals ranking him No. 59 nationally.

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Patrick has a very solid frame with good length for a player who can likely play defensive end in a 4-3 or outside linebacker in a 3-4. He can probably eventually play at close to 260 pounds after time in a weight room. Patrick is a very strong player for his size, and that should only increase. He demonstrates excellent core strength on numerous tackles, ripping ball carriers to the ground.

Patrick's getoff is good, but not amazing. His overall speed is probably better than his quickness, but he does change direction very well, and can break down and tackle, showing good balance. He has a good pass rush move where he bluffs inside and bounces back to the outside with a swim.

Patrick shows very good strength against the run, and is an aggressive, physical tackler.

I think Patrick is one of the better defensive ends in the country, and a top-200 type player. He could be a multi-year starter at the BCS level.