Dontavius Russell NFL Draft 2019: Scouting Report for Jacksonville Jaguars' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2019

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 5: Defensive lineman Dontavius Russell #95 of the Auburn Tigers looks to tackle running back Khari Blasingame #23 of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. The Auburn Tigers defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 23-16. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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STRENGTHS

—Four-year starter in the highly competitive SEC

—Has a thick and powerful frame (6'3", 319 lbs) from top to bottom and can eat space when he plays with leverage.

—Solid play strength and can be disruptive when he comes under control with powerful and well-timed strikes.

—Bright player who holds one degree from Auburn and was working on a second.

                      

WEAKNESSES

—A heavy-footed mover with plodding steps who will struggle to adapt his playing style to modern NFL speed.

—His pad level is a major concern and will leave him taking a ride into linebackers' laps when he's double-teamed.

—Flexibility and mobility in his ankles, knees, hips and lower back are limited and cause his pad level to rise. They also lead to an inability to drop his weight and maintain gap control at the line of scrimmage.

—Gets laser-focused on immediate tasks and doesn't show the spatial awareness or play speed to stack out and redirect to ball-carriers.

                                      

OVERALL

Dontavius Russell is a powerful, space-eating nose tackle with experience in a difficult conference. Unfortunately, he's coming into the league about 10 years too late. He doesn't have the speed or pass-rushing prowess that teams want from interior defensive linemen, and he'll struggle to earn snaps without improving his pad level. A stint on a practice squad to focus on mobility would improve his game immensely.

              

GRADE: 5.60 (ROUND 5 — BACKUP CALIBER)

PRO COMPARISON: Shamar Stephen

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