Dame Virginia game was an interesting one. I don't even remember the
score. It had some of the most interesting prospects in the Draft. They
had defenders and offensive players running all over the place. Virginia
is a sneaky good prospect team this year.
241, D-end, Notre Dame, #42-
He was excellent in this game. He is a bit of a 'tweener. He is not quite
an NFL-sized Edgerusher. But he is a good edge rusher. When OLs get their
hands on him he struggled last year. He is showed much better hand usage,
much better than last season. He shed the Virginia OTs with his hands at
will last week. He was able to play much more physical on the edge than
last season as well.
had the best game of his Notre Dame career last week against Virginia, or
he is a super star in the making. "I love what Julian did today. He got back to playing really physical
football," Irish HC Brian Kelly said. "I think Julian would tell you that maybe the whole sack thing was too much of a personal thing. He got back to playing physical football and within the realm of the defense. It really showed itself
[vs. Virginia]. He’s going to take off from here." He was
un-friggin'-believable against Virginia garnering: 3 sacks, 2 Forced
Fumbles, a couple of hurries, and an FR.
the physical traits, and he has raised his maturity, commitment, and
leadership levels. "At this time last year, if you mentioned captain, I would’ve maybe
publicly snickered at you," Kelly said. "He just did not have any of those traits
developed. He’s developed those traits because he wanted to put himself in that
position." He was named team Captain, which is a big deal for his NFL
he reminds me more of Van Noy or Jamie Collins than Tippett or Bennett. He
is less pure Edge guy than an OLB who can blitz. Last year, like Van Noy
and Collins this year, he was more of a sneaky rusher. He didn't rush
every down, and dropped a lot. They used him more on strategic rushes that
fooled OTs, so he could win with speed and bend. He was really just a run
the arc sneak rusher last year, and when the OLT got his hands on him he
Virginia, he looked to me like a legit NFL Edge guy for the first time.
"I guess I was a little immature, not immature in the sense that I wasn’t really listening to anybody, but I joked a
lot. I just knew I had to be a better person for my teammates," Okwara said.
"Guys like Drue Tranquill, Jerry [Tillery], with the guys that left the program, the young guys needed somebody to look up to. I just knew I had to take things more seriously and become that vocal guy that everybody could look to."
He combined a great blast off, fight, bend, and great hand fighting
the QB with some elite consistency, in that game. "Every defensive lineman wants to have a sack, especially being a defensive end and knowing the expectations for
yourself," Okwara said. "It sucks when you haven’t done much. Then Virginia came around and it worked out for us. We were able to make some plays for our
team." When he gets the QB in his sights he gets there fast.
He also has the explosion and
COD you need in the NFL, so that is a big deal. "It was a huge growth from last year to this year. Just knowing my role and what my standing in the program
is," Okwara said. "I had the power to be able to talk to those guys.
[I needed] them to know they could come to me and ask questions." Now
he just has to show that he can be a consistent rusher and not just a
sneaky or flash rusher.
6-4, 285, DE/5-Tech-
He is also a bit of a 'tweener. Only he is a big 'tweener. He is a
5-Tech/D-end tweener. But he has some serious flash and dash on the field.
When he gets physical on the field, he is fun to watch. He is
285-pounds, but he flashed some speed and quicks like an Edge. He really
plays more of a 5-Tech, but he has some flash running the arc.
win as a pure speed rusher. He he showed that he can win with his
speed and quicks, and not just size and power. He has a couple of rushes
that shocked me with how much flash and quicks he had. He is also a great
is tough and physical he wins. Trying to go
outside to his side is tough. When he shows his speed, he looks like an
early Draft pick. He looked like he was intent on killing the QB. He
rushed and hit him from both sides. Very hot and cold player, but when he
gets hot he kills QBs.
He is another
young guy who has turned into a legit leader for the Irish. "I'm
proud of Kareem. He had some rough moments that he’s matured from," Brian Kelly said.
"His development for me has been one where I think his off-field development has been beneficial, because it’s helped him on the
field. Growing up as a young man off the field here at Notre Dame, in our community, has really helped him as a football
player." He just need a little more technique work, and he could be
great cog in the (BB?) machine.
become a legit team leader. "It's definitely a huge honor to be voted captain of this historic program and all the people who have come before me," Kareem said. "Just to know my teammates respect me and chose me to be their leader, I'm definitely going to keep doing it. Keep holding people accountable and holding myself to now a higher standard, just to make sure guys know this is the right way to do things."
He brings more than just physical presence to the field each week.
to play in odd Fronts where he goes face to face against the OLT a lot. "He recognizes how important it is to hold his peers accountable," Kelly said. "Just those little things about we're going to be held accountable all of the time. He really shows that accountability amongst the peers about doing it the right way all of the time."
He stepped into the leadership role in the preseason, and became a team
leadership shows up on Saturdays. "Just everyone rushing together. Everyone stay in their rush lanes.
No one trying to be selfish to make plays on their own," Kareem said. "As long as you rush within the scheme of the defense, you'll get the production. The production will come. As long as we work together, we'll be fine."
He is showing he is another BB type guy, who grew up in a football
not forget Virginia:
6-1, 200, #34, CB-
It’s funny when QB’s roll out to his side looking to throw, and always
end up running. He can get overwhelmed by blockers at the point in the run
game, sometimes. He will make the tackle when they run at him. He can set
the edge and protect the flat in the run game.
don't want to imply that he is weak against the run at all. "Certainly
on the back end of the defense you have got Hall, who has been a headliner
for the last couple of years at the cornerback position," ND HC Brian
Kelly said. "Really physical as a run stopper, blitzer. He’ll be a
high pick in the NFL." He is great in the run game on the Edge, for a
CB. But when a big blocker gets it right, he is still just a CB.
has elite click and close. It is amazing to watch. They have him play Off
more than I would like to see (I really need to see him in Press more;).
So he is usually 5 to 10 yards away from the WR when the QB throws. They
don't play a safety over the top of him, I mean ever. So he has to protect
his truest elite skill is when the ball is thrown, even on comebacks, he
plants that back foot and clicks forward with elite timing to arrive at
the WR at the same time as the ball. It is amazing. He can be (don't judge
me too harshly;) positively Revis like closing on the WR when the ball is
in the air. Now he has to run a 4.3 like Revis did to be a lock Top Five.
But I can't see him getting out of the top ten is he is under 4.5.
was a great WR in high school. "I think all those years playing
receiver have helped with my understanding of what offenses are trying to
do and with my ball skills," Hall said. "They asked me during my
official visit if I wanted to played receiver or corner, and I said
either. I think he saw how I moved laterally and thought I would be a good
fit at corner." Those ball skills clearly show up on Tape.
timing with the ball in the air is incredible. "He played WR and CB
in high school. I think all those years playing receiver have helped with my understanding of what offenses are trying to do, and with my ball
skills," Hall said. "They asked me during my official visit if I wanted to played receiver or corner, and I said
either. I think he (coach) saw how I moved laterally and thought I would be a good fit at
corner." He knows what WR's are trying to do.
is another example of a BB type prospect. "Bryce Hall’s preparation started with interest and desire. He was anxious to learn, anxious to improve and anxious to perfect his
skills," Virginia HC Bronco Mendenhall said. "Bryce shows up every day like he’s going to work. He’s there from morning to night between his classes. That’s not something everyone in our program does, but it provides a great example of what I’d like the future program to look like."
He shows those WR instincts in coverage.
is a film room junkie. "He genuinely loves the film room," Nick Grant,
a high school teammate, said. "You can catch him doing his homework in the film room and eating in the film room. That extra work has now become the culture here."
The Pats won't have a shot at him however, he is a top ten lock.
and he plays Special Teams. He had the special teams play of the week against
Has started all five of UVA's games ... at Pitt in the season opener he made six tackles, collected 1.0 sack and broke up a pass in the win over the Panthers ... made one stop against William & Mary ... made five stops, 1.0 tackles for loss and broke up two passes in UVA's win over Florida State ... assisted De'Vante Cross in bringing down the Seminoles' Cam Akers at the four-yard line on the game's final play ... made three tackles, 1.0 tackles for loss and broke up a pass in the win over Old Dominion ... made four tackles at No. 10 Notre Dame and recovered an on-side kick to open the second half against the
6-7, 235, OLB- He has stepped his
game up big time to start 2019. He has the range and length to be great in
coverage. He has been dominate in coverage. But he also has garnered 3.5
TFLs and 2 Sacks in he first three games. He can play the run well. He
will go higher than people think, because he is better in the pass defense
than run defense, which teams need now a days.
he is not a real Edge guy. He is more of an OLB who happens to be 6-6,
6-7. He is also more Van Noy than Tippett. He is a very athletic 4-3 OLB,
who is terrific in coverage. His size doesn't show up as much in the rush,
as he it does in coverage. He can sky up higher than anyone on the field
and defend or catch the pass.
Dame schemed against him. "We know about Charles Snowden being the National Player of the
Week, obviously," Brian Kelly said. "But they’re long and athletic on the
edge, You’re talking about Snowden at the outside backer position.
They’re really long and athletic. Snowden is long and athletic. He’s kind of like the kid they had a couple of years ago out
there (Eli Harold?)." He showed he could in coverage against FLA
2019: Has started all five of UVA's games ... in UVA's opener at Pitt he finished with five tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss ... made four tackles and 1.0 sack against William & Mary ... made four tackles and broke up two passes in the win against Florida State ... named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and the ACC Linebacker of the Week after leading all players with 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles and 2.0 sacks in the win over Old Dominion ... made three stops at No. 10 Notre
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