3. Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M
Size: 6-3, 293
The Good: One of the most athletic big men in the draft, he might not be a 300+ pound blaster, but he ran a 4.8 40, threw 31 reps up on the bench, and showed off at the combine the quickness everyone was looking for.
A terror behind the line, he came up with 11 sacks, 85 tackles and 22 tackles for loss over the last two seasons as the star of the A&M interior. With a whole slew of moves in the bag, he can destroy lumbering O linemen who don’t have their technique down on every snap.
The Not-So-Good: The size is going to matter a wee bit. He’s not bulky enough, he gets engulfed by the interior giants, and he got erased a bit too often. If he’s not generating pressure, or making teams worry about what he can do to get behind the line, he’s not doing his job.
NFL Draft College Perspective Thought: While he doesn’t quite look the part of an NFL defensive tackle, and he’s not quite an end, he’s got terrific skills and the upside to be a one-man game-wrecker if he’s matched up on a sluggish offensive guard. There are enough tools to think there might be something special.
Projected Round: Second