From now till the 2019 NFL Draft requires spot, we hope to showcase as quite a few prospects as doable and examine each their strengths and weaknesses. Most of these profiles will function people that the Pittsburgh Steelers are probably to have an interest in, although a couple of other individuals will be leading-ranked players. If there is a player you would like us to analyze, let us know in the comments beneath.

#three Rashan Gary/DE Michigan – 6’4/three 277

The Great

– Great bulk and massive decrease half, outstanding length (34 1/eight inch arms)
– Tested like an elite athlete for his size (four.58/1.63 40, 38 inch vertical, 10’0″ broad)
– Superb energy as a pass rusher, correct placement and shows a highly effective strike
– Lengthy-arm stab is ideal and “go to” pass rush move, in a position to stroll tackles back, take handle of blocks
– Shows pass rush strategy with capacity to counter off it, rip/swipe is backup move
– Has capacity to counter inside when tackles overset
– Sturdy at the point of attack in the run game, usually plays with leverage and capacity to uncoil his hips, regularly strikes initial and requires handle of the block with length and upper physique strength
– Stack and shed capacity in the run game, length creates space in between him and the blocker, keeps head out of the block, distance permits him to uncover the ball and disengage
– Versatile with practical experience at each finish spots and a couple snaps at 3 tech, played beneath leading defensive coordinator and applied on twists and stunts
– Does his job and hardly ever out of position
– Chases the ball difficult when it is in his location, athleticism to close
– Finishes the play when offered the chance

The Terrible

– Not a massive threat off the edge and will struggle to turn the corner
– Great initial step/timing but significantly less explosive than he tests
– Can get locked up on pass rushes when brute force does not perform
– Unlikely to ever be a team’s #1 pass rushing threat
– Can take on pullers/blocks in space as well tall in the run game
– Lacks productivity and splash plays, although scheme did hinder prospective
– Desires to chase the ball tougher when the play is away from him, will get passed up by teammates
– Banged up all through 2018, missed time and left games early
– Usually played with his hand down and never ever dropped into coverage
– Pops up when operating in the open field


– 21 profession begins in 34 games
– Profession: 119 tackles (23 TFL), 9.five sacks, 1 FF
– 2018: 38 tackles (six.five TFL) three.five sacks in nine games played
– Only a single year with much more than 4 sacks
– Initial Group All-Huge Ten choice in 2017 and 2018
– 5 star, #1 recruit in the nation out of HS
– Initial player ever to be unanimously deemed the #1 recruit by all 4 big scouting solutions (Rivals, ESPN, 247, and Scout)
– Had 32 gives, chose Michigan more than Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson
– Racked up 13.five sacks in nine games his senior year of HS regardless of playing on a subpar, three-six group (went 9-two year ahead of)

Tape Breakdown

I know we’re having to Gary correct ahead of the draft but we’d be remiss if we didn’t go over him at all. Although he’s not probably to turn out to be a Steeler, if he falls, possibly it becomes an intriguing conversation for the group at 20. His name is at least worth mentioning.

Although he is not a twitched up, elite pass rusher, he’s wonderful in nearly all the other regions. Gary plays the position with discipline and strength you do not frequently see from college prospects.

As a pass rusher, his lengthy-arm stab and the energy he generates is quickly his ideal asset and move. Two examples of him just dominating tackles with it.

He is capable of countering off it although. He shows a chop and rip as secondary moves that are not almost as potent but enable him retain tackles guessing. Like his capacity to perform back inside if he can not win the edge. LDE right here. Pretty much appears like a hump move as soon as the correct tackle opens his hips. Wins inside, forcing the guard to choose him up.

Gary shows that strength in the run game as well. His lengthy arms permit him to take handle of blocks and generate space in run defense, a important element. He then can uncover the ball and shed, as he did quite a few instances in the tape I watched. LDE right here. Get square to the block, uncover the ball, shed, make the tackle. Ideal.

Nevertheless, he is not a wonderful athlete and is not as speedy or explosive as some of his outstanding Combine numbers recommend. Gary shows tightness when attempting to flatten the edge and tackles in the NFL are going to sit on his energy and make him go wide. There, he may well struggle. Once more, the LDE. Shoved upfield.

Production is one more apparent concern but the scheme wasn’t normally the most friendly to him. I have an understanding of why his numbers have been down although he also only played in nine games and left in the middle of other individuals. There’s a little concern why he was so banged up but there are not any critical health-related red flags with him. Comparable boat as Devin Bush.

I do not want to say he’s a low-work player, that is a hazardous claim for any outsider to make, but I do want to see him chase the ball tougher when it is away from him. He gets passed up by teammates as well frequently and I want to see that athleticism on show snap to snap.

The query is if you are having an elite player. I’m not constructive about that, do not believe he’s going to be a person racking up 10+ sacks per year in the NFL, and for the Steelers, an even tougher match when asking exactly where you are going to play him. I view his ceiling as Justin Smith, who never ever had much more than eight.five sacks in a season, but was strong and constant all through. Gary is an perfect four-three powerful side finish in the NFL.

Projection: Major 20

Games Watched: at Notre Dame, vs Nebraska, at Northwestern, at Ohio State