Joshua Frazier NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Pittsburgh Steelers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Alabama defensive lineman Joshua Frazier, center, tackles Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, left, during the first half an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Brynn Anderson/Associated Press

POSITIVES

—Big base that can settle into his hips and anchor.

—Shows some strength to handle double-teams at the point of attack.

—Alabama players come with NFL-ready coaching and preparedness.

—Feet can churn out steps against pressure to collapse pockets.

                       

NEGATIVES

—Was never an unquestioned starter at Alabama and has seen primarily backup reps.

—Two-down player who offers little as a pass-rusher.

—Slow to fire his feet and lacks any sort of desired quickness that is becoming commonplace.

—Heavy-footed runner who looks like every movement is taxing.

—Little to no positional or athletic flexibility and versatility.

               

OVERALL

Joshua Frazier is a mammoth of a man at 6'4", 321 pounds and will entice teams looking for a potential nose tackle. The trend is pointing toward athletic big men on the interior, and Frazier doesn't move well enough to combat the power and speed of NFL linemen. He'll have to continue to develop a rotational skill set or risk being nothing more than a training-camp body.

                                                      

GRADE: 5.00 (Priority Free Agent)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Carlos Watkins, Houston Texans   

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