The Mississippi Rebels entered the ’09 season with most of its’ star power and NFL prospects residing on offense. Moving towards this season and the ’11 NFL Draft scouts are focusing on the other side of the ball.
Jerrell Powe is a lineman we think will make a big move up draft boards and is one of the better nose tackle prospects to come around in a while. He displays solid first step quickness, consistently plays with good knee bend and keeps his pads low. Consistently doubled in the middle of the line, Powe rarely gives up and inch and easily bullrushes opponents off the ball. More of a straight line defender, he shows little in the way of hand technique. Powe has also been labeled as a bit lazy and a guy that does not want to work. The last intangible is a bit scary yet there’s no denying his tremendous talent and upside.
Kentrell Lockett is an athletic college edge rusher that constantly finds himself in the opposition’s backfield. Lockett possesses terrific first step quickness, good speed off the edge and deceptive strength. He effectively uses his hands to get off blocks and makes plays in every direction of the field. Lockett lacks natural bulk and is slow to shed but offers potential at defensive end in a conventional line-up.
Lawon Scott is another nice sized defensive tackle that shows power in his lower body and gets push up the field. Scott flashes athleticism but does tend to play a bit tall which makes him an easy target for opponents. He offers adequate upside.
The fourth Rebel lineman to keep on the radar is Ted Laurent. Like his teammates he’s strong and bulrushes lineman off the ball. Laurent plays with good degree of explosion, firing through gaps up the field and is tough to move off the point. Laurent does not play with great balance yet has a lot of tools to work with.
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