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Giants select...Justin Tuck, DE, Notre Dame
Justin Tuck, DE, Notre Dame
Height: 6:04.5 Weight: 256
Overview: Justin Tuck is an extremely quick and agile player who possesses very good strength for a player of his size. He was a relatively unknown prospect coming out of high school and spent his freshman season as a redshirt. But he established himself as the premier pass rusher in the history of Notre Dame football over the last two years. Tuck was the Alabama Class 4A Player of the Year as a senior at Central Coosa County (Kellyton, Ala.) High. He lettered as a linebacker and tight end, recording 492 tackles with 37 sacks, 26 forced fumbles, 17 fumble recoveries and 115 catches for 2,106 yards and 17 touchdowns during his career. He was named the Alabama Class 4A Player of the Year as a senior in 2000. Tuck helped his team to a 10-2 record in 2000 (after 0-10 mark his freshman season) with 167 tackles, nine sacks, eight fumble recoveries, seven caused fumbles and two interceptions at middle linebacker. He also caught 19 passes at tight end for 324 yards and four touchdowns. The two-time team captain captured All-State honors as a senior and was selected for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game. Tuck averaged 17.6 points and 11.3 rebounds as a senior in basketball on a state title team that finished 23-6. The two-time captain in basketball was twice named MVP of the Alabama 4A state championship basketball team. He also won three letters in baseball as a first baseman and leftfielder. The cousin of Baltimore Ravens defensive end Adalius Thomas, Tuck spent his 2001 season redshirting as a 235-pound outside linebacker . In 2002, He moved to defensive end, appearing in every game and earning one start. He finished that campaign with 44 tackles, five sacks, 10 stops for losses, a forced fumble and five pass deflections. Tuck had a breakout year in 2003, setting the school single-season record with 13.5 sacks, adding 73 tackles, three forced fumbles and 19 stops behind the line of scrimmage. However, in the season finale vs. Syracuse, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, undergoing surgery in December. The injury would sideline him for 2004 spring drills. In 2004, Tuck faced constant double-team coverage and did not match his lofty statistics from the previous season, as he still had some problems with his knee, which eventually prevented him from playing vs. Oregon State in the Insight.com Bowl. He concluded the season with 47 tackles, six sacks and 14 stops for losses. Tuck holds the Notre Dame career-record with 24.5 sacks, topping the previous mark of 22.5 by Kory Minor (1995-98). For his career, he totaled 164 tackles (113 solo) with 43 stops for losses of 210 yards, four forced fumbles and seven pass deflections. His 43 stops behind the line of scrimmage broke the previous school all-time record of 42 by Anthony Weaver (1998-2001).
Analysis: PositivesTuck has a developing frame with good muscle development, but still needs to increase his strength to combat the larger defenders at the pro level. He shows good quickness off the ball, along with above-average hand usage and lateral agility to slip blocks. He has very good agility and balance to play on his feet. Tuck uses his hands well to protect himself from cuts blocks, but needs to separate and shed quicker when locked on. He can bend his knees and play with leverage, but is not real stout to anchor at the point of attack or to take on pulling offensive guards on traps. He has very good instincts and awareness, as he is quick to squeeze vs. down blocks. He has above average anchoring ability, but can still be driven back when run against. Tuck is more of a factor on plays away in which he's quick to redirect and chase from the backside. He also pursues downfield with good effort and speed. He has quickness coming across the blocker's face and enough strength to collapse the lane vs. inside runs. Tuck shows a good burst to the ball when working inside and the speed to chase down ball carriers. He runs well in the open, giving good effort to chase and pursue. He also takes good angles to the ball and has a good take-off on his pass rush. On running plays, he needs to square his base better, as he will turn his shoulders and get sealed off some at the point of attack. Still, he comes off the line with good pad level and body lean. He can burst around the corner with speed, loop through the gaps with quickness or bull rush straight up with power. He also shows a very good upfield burst and hand technique (good pop & jerk, rip, swim back inside) with the hip flip to get an edge. He can dip and bend the corner and has explosive acceleration to the quarterback when he comes free. Tuck can also perform in a two-point stance as well as drop in coverage in some zone blitz situations. He's a solid tackler, aggressive to get to the ball and will bring his hips and unload on ball carriers. His biggest question is his ability to hold up at the point due to a frame that looks lean in the lower body. Still, he never gives up in pursuit, makes every effort to close rush lanes and has the sudden burst to make opposite field tackles. He has good burst to close and the body control to capture ball carriers in space. He makes some very big hits on the move and while he might not have the lower body strength to hold his ground vs. the larger blockers, he is superb in working on stunts and getting through the gaps. His speed allows him to reduce the pocket and he has shown the acceleration needed to come off the edge and get to the quarterback. He has good burst in his pass rush and can generate consistent pressure on the pocket. He has the burst and acceleration needed to work in space and changes direction as if he was a 225-pounder. The main thing Tuck portrays on film is his aggressiveness and ability to play at a high intensity level. In a scheme that will allow him to stunt and play uncontested off the edge, some team could find a difference maker here. One issue that will have to be dealt with is his right knee, as the 2003 injury continued to affect his play in 2004 and finally forced him to sit out the Insight.com Bowl. Look for someone to take him in the first round, if they are confident that he will overcome his knee problem.
Agility tests: 4.56 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided)...4.62 in the 40-yard dash...380-pound bench press... 560-pound squat...336-pound power clean...34.5-inch vertical jump...33 -inch arm length...9 5/8-inch hands.
High school: Attended Central Coosa County (Kellyton, Ala.) High. ... Named the Alabama Class 4A player of the year as a senior in 2000. ... Helped his team to a 10-2 record in 2000 (after 0-10 mark his freshman season) with 167 tackles, nine sacks, eight fumble recoveries, seven caused fumbles and two interceptions at middle linebacker. ... Also caught 19 passes at tight end for 324 yards and four touchdowns. ... His career totals included 492 tackles, 37 sacks, 26 caused fumbles, 17 fumble receivers, 115 receptions for 2,106 yards and 17 touchdowns. ... First-team Alabama All-State at tight end in 1999. ...Captain as both a junior and senior. ... Earned Alabama All-State honors as a senior. ... Selected for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game. ... Averaged 17.6 points and 11.3 rebounds as a senior in basket-ball on a state title team that finished 23-6. ... Four-year letterman and two-time captain in basketball. ... Two-time MVP of the Alabama 4A state championship basketball team with a 28-2 record as a junior. ... Won three letters in baseball as a first baseman and leftfielder.
Personal: Will graduate in May 2005 with a degree in Management. ... Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business. ... Tuck's cousin, Adalius Thomas, played football at Southern Mississippi and is now a defensive end with the Baltimore Ravens. ... Sister, Tiffany, played basketball at Lincoln University. ... Born Justin Lee Tuck on 3/29/83... Resides in Kellyton, Alabama.
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Not having the 3rd rounder hurt right about now.
I had this guy going in the bottom of the first. Shows what I know. Still think he will develop into a starter.