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Scouting Reports On Dunlap

Here are some scouting reports from various draft publications on our newest Bengal, DE Carlos Dunlap.

Pro Football Draft Guide 2010

Upside:  If healthy, he’s far and away the top tight end available this year.  The total package as a receiver, Gresham has great hands and will amke the catch in traffic.  He has the speed and athleticism to stretch the middle of the field and pick up yards after the catch, he can line up in the slot and he can hold his own as an in-line blocker. 

Physically, Dunlap has the look of a superstar.  He’s huge, has great athleticism and moves well laterally.  He could be a 4-3 end or even play outside linebacker in a 3-4.  The question is an uneven motor and character issues (DUI arrest last December), making him a huge risk.

#3 Defensive End on their board.

Lindy’s Pro Football Draft Guide

Pass Rush:  Good, not great initial quickness to force the tackle on his heels.  Isn’t truly fast around the edge, but has such a long gait that he can get around most offensive tackles.  Often plays too upright, but has good upper-body strength and long arms to push the tackle back on the bull rush.

Run Defense:  Stands up and plays too upright off the snap, but has good strength and rare arm length to lock out the tackle.  Good strength to toss the tackle aside once he locates the ball.

Explosion:  Good initial quickness to challenge the tackle in pass protection.  Forces the pass blocker wide, opening a lane for his spin back inside.  Among his better traits is his explosive initial pop due to his upper-body strength and long arms.  Has blocked four kicks in his career.

Strength:  Good upper- and lower-body strength, but struggles maintaining leverage.  Strong initial pop and can knock the run blocker back inot the pocket to disrupt running plays.  Good strength to walk the pass blocker into the pocket on the bull rush.  Good strength as a tackler.

Tackling:  A classic drag-down tackler with the great strength to pull down ballcarriers on the move.  Flashes impressive agility, balance and straight-line speed to pursue laterally.  Only had one forced fumble despite 19.5 sacks in 40 games.

Intangibles:  Arrested and charged with DUI after being found by police passed out behind the wheel at an intersection on Dec. 1–four days before Florida was to play Alabama for the SEC Championship.  Coach Urban Meyer called the incident way out of character and went to bat for Dunlap, but others close to the Florida program have questioned his maturity.

In Our View:  Being suspended just days before the SEC title game last year clouds Dunlap’s status.  Scouts are giving him a high grade due to his rare frame and versatility, but his alcohol-related arrest, and the timing and details of that event, might give some teams pause.

#2 Defensive End on their board.

The Sporting News Draft 2010

Strengths:  Is a tall, well-built defensive end who looks the part of an NFL star.  Has the height, long arms and playing strength to jolt and drive offensive linemen into the quarterback’s lap when he bull rushes aggressively.  Does a good job of getting his hands up to bat down passes when he gets near the quarterback.  Has the playing speed to chase down ballcarriers on running plays away and flashes an explosive closing burst when he gets close to the ballcarrier.

Weaknesses:  Is a better athlete than football player; must be more productive.  Does not play with passion, intensity or aggressiveness on every snap, which leads to him getting tied up.   Needs to develop some variety in his pass-rush arsenal.

Bottom line:  Dunlap is likely to be a first-round pick, but will always struggle to produce up to his potential and projects to be an inconsistent NFL player.  Due to his lack of intensity, Dunlap’s college production was often like that of a late-round pick.   But his flashes of playmaking ability combined with excellent physical tools will make him too tempting to pass up early in the draft.

#6 Defensive End on their board.

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