NFL DRAFT WATCH:B.J. RAJI Why He Is The Best DT In This Year's Draft
B.J. Raji is a talented 6'2'' 337 pound defensive tackle out of Boston College and is a lock for a top ten draft pick.
Like a drink machine, this kid is hard to move. Raji's great strength inside makes him the elite run stopper in this year's draft.
Raji had an immediate impact for the Eagles. He work his way on the field as a freshman and started 38 of his last 40 games. He was a second-team All-ACC Selection in 2006.
Raji was expected to be one of the stars on the defensive side for the Eagles, but due to academic obligations he had to sit out the entire 2007 season.
This year Raji established himself as the most dominant defensive lineman in the country. He recorded 42 tackles, 16 for loss and 8 sacks. His performance at the Senior Bowl secured him a top-10 pick in this year's draft.
He has rare initial burst off the snap for a man his size and can penetrate into the backfield and disrupt the play. He has good strength at the point of attack to create a pile.
Raji has great short-area lateral quickness. He also has tons of experience. He might have missed the 2007 season, but leaves Boston College with 38 career starts. He locates the ball quickly and works to make the play.
He is strong enough to pull down ballcarriers with just his arms. He was arguably the single-most dominant player during the week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
On the negative side, he only has marginal height for the position. He has rare quickness in confined space, but lacks the speed to sustain and struggles to make an impact outside of the guard box.
He is only a marginal pass rusher, and he relies on his initial burst off the snap and an occasional spin move.
He struggled with his weight in 2006 where he weighed more than 350 pounds. He was suspended for the first half of the Clemson game in 2006 for throwing a punch at a Central Michigan player.
I have him going to the Green Bay Packers at No. 9 because he will be the best player available. Look at the mock draft to see all the draft selections. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/144514-nfl-mock-draft-stafford-1-overall
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