Monday, April 28, 2014
Draft video: Breaking down defensive ends
As part of the recent ESPNBoston.com Patriots draft event, our panel looked at potential selections at defensive end.
The discussion began by looking at a pair from Notre Dame, Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III. While Tuitt was hurt in 2013, Trevor Matich liked what he saw in 2012, borrowing a phrase from Dante Scarnecchia in saying Tuitt was a "rolling ball of butcher knives." Nix also had injury issues in 2013, but Matich said when healthy "he's hell on wheels." Matich said Nix can be an anchor at defensive end, but also can be disruptive, calling him a play-maker.
Next up was Dee Ford of Auburn, a favorite of our Field Yates. Matich classified Ford as a specialist pass-rusher with "a lot of different moves."