National Football Post
Scouting Series – University of Texas
By Wes Bunting
PART 4 of 6
The National Football Post will be breaking down every team in the Football Bowl Subdivision to identify which players could warrant the most interest from NFL teams in the 2012 NFL draft. Therefore, today we take a look at the senior class of the Texas Longhorns.
DT Kheeston Randall: No. 91 (6-5, 295)
A tall, long armed prospect who displays impressive bend and flexibility sitting into his stance. Lines up all over the Texas D-line, but mostly at the nose and displays the initial get off burst to routinely threaten gaps inside. Does a nice job keeping his base under him, pad level down off the snap and displays the lateral quickness to cross the face of lineman and work his way through contact. Looks natural dropping his shoulder when trying to fight his way up field and possesses the lower body strength to surge through contact. Demonstrates good range in pursuit, looks a bit tight when asked to breakdown, but has the length to routinely wrap up. Can take on blocks and anchor in the run game. Awareness at times runs hot/cold, will be late off the ball at times and struggles to consistently find the football inside. Possesses a naturally strong frame and can hold his own even vs. the double when trying to anchor initially. However, will get upright through the point and overwhelmed at times. Has a long set of arms and strong hands and exhibits the natural power to simply toss blockers aside when trying to shed. Fails to shoot his hands quickly off the snap and routinely gets his hands outside the frame of defenders. Is still learning to shed through contact. However, is so long, powerful and athletic that he can maintain balance and just fight his way through the block down the line in pursuit.
Is an athletic guy vs. the pass game who can threaten gaps inside and cross the face of defenders. But isn’t a natural pass rusher at this stage. Doesn’t have any kind of an arsenal in order to shed/keep himself clean. Is a linear rusher only who needs to win with his first step in order to be successful knifing his way into the backfield. Has the skill set to develop, but has a long ways to go working his hands and feet in sync in order to win inside vs. the pass.
Impression: Is an impressive bender for his size with the skill set to play/start as either a 34 DE or 43 one gaping tackle. Could develop into an impact defensive lineman if he works at it.