2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Notre Dame iDL Jerry Tillery

HEIGHT: 6-6

WEIGHT: 295

COLLEGE: Notre Dame

CLASS: Senior

2018 STATS: 28 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 2 forced fumbles (12 games)

CAREER STATS: 133 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles (42 games)

GAMES WATCHED: Michigan, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh (2018); Boston College (2017)

40 BENCH VERT BROAD 3 CONE 20S 60S
4.93 23 32″ 115″ 7.45 4.33

BALL GET-OFF (17/20)

  • Quality initial burst off the snap
  • Good snap reaction time

RUN DEFENSE (16/20)

  • Can be a force against the run at times — very powerful anchor when he keeps his pads low (has little trouble holding up against double teams when his technique is sound)
  • Run defense is a little inconsistent because of technique — can get moved out of gaps due to elevated pad level
  • Shows good arm extension to stack-and-shed blocks
  • Reliable, wrap-up tackler

POWER (13.5/15)

  • Effective speed-to-power rusher — can win with a bull rush or forklift
  • Really stout anchor vs. the run when he keeps his pads low

TECHNIQUE (9/15)

  • Inconsistent with hand usage — has flashed a snatch/rip, club, cross-chop and push/pull with high degrees of success, but often rushes without a plan B
  • Pad level tends to rise when defending the run

MENTAL PROCESSING/FOOTBALL IQ (8/10)

  • Typically reads blocks well and maintains gap integrity
  • At times his eyes will get caught in the backfield and he’ll lose sight of the ball-carrier

SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (5/5)

  • At 6-6, 295 lbs., he has the size and strength to play a variety of defensive line techniques in both three and four man fronts
  • Pretty good length with 34 1/4″ arms

MOTOR (4.5/5)

  • Played hard on a consistent basis — typically hustled on pursuit plays and didn’t appear to take any plays off

PURSUIT/CLOSING SPEED (3.5/5)

  • Good closing speed
  • Not real explosive with lateral movement

FLEXIBILITY (3.5/5)

  • Decent shoulder and ankle flexibility to corner on offensive lineman
  • Doesn’t appear to have great hip bend

RED FLAGS 

  • Suspended for the Fiesta Bowl his freshman year for violating team rules
  • Kicked and stepped on players in loss vs. USC sophomore year

OVERALL GRADE: 80.00/100.00 — LATE 1ST ROUND — Quality starter with Pro Bowl potential

NFL COMPARISON: DeForest Buckner

SCHEME FIT: 3-technique DT (4-3) or 5-technique DE (3-4).

DRAFT PROJECTION: Late 1st/Early 2nd

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