Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
Browns select....Andrew Hoffman
DT | (6'4", 280, 5.25) | VIRGINIA
Strengths: Possesses good strength for size, plays with a mean streak and flashes the ability to anchor at the point of attack. Plays with a non-stop motor, takes adequate angles to the ball and will make some plays with second effort. Plays with good leverage, keeps legs pumping at all times and does an excellent job with his hands. Knows how to control a gap and plays with great discipline. Flashes the ability to collapse the pocket as a bull rusher. Has good height and is capable of batting some passes down.
Weaknesses: Lacks bulk, offensive linemen will have some success engulfing him at the point of attack and is vulnerable to wearing down if asked to play an every-down role. Lacks ideal range and won't make a lot of plays in pursuit despite effort. Has yet to develop an effective counter move as a pass rusher and doesn't show great closing speed to the quarterback. Lacks the burst to be effective rushing the passer from the edge and will need to add weight to hold up against the run when lining up at defensive tackle.
Overall: Hoffman played in seven games as a true freshman in 2000 and then red-shirted in 2001. He started in all 14 games in 2002 and he appeared in 13 games, starting 12 of them in 2003. Hoffman improved his value with a strong senior season, as he finished with 52 tackles, nine TFL and three sacks. Hoffman still needs to add some bulk and he will never be a big playmaker in the NFL. However, he is a technically sound, disciplined and efficient NT prospect that can maintain gap-control as a run-defender. Hoffman may never be a starter in the NFL but he has the potential to develop into a quality reserve, as he possesses good strength for his size and he is relentless and disciplined. Look for a team that employs a two-gap scheme to select Hoffman in the late rounds of the upcoming draft. If that team also employs a 3-4 alignment, Hoffman would probably be a better fit at DE.
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