He knows how to disengage from blocks through contact, use his lateral quickness to separate and close on his man. However, his upright pad level takes away from his suddenness and he has the ability to play lower and be even more explosive laterally on his pass rush. Too often his first movement off the ball is upright and will get caught up with blockers who can get under him easily, but there is still some upside to his game. Possesses a good first step when asked to close, works hard in pursuit and has range to make plays off his frame on perimeter runs.
Can be overwhelmed on contact initially off the ball in the run game. Works hard to fend off defenders with his arms and is coordinated enough to slip his man and close on the ball carrier. However, his pad level again gets too high, which causes defenders to get into his frame, knock him off balance or drive him away from the football. Needs to continue to add more girth in order to hold up inside at the next level vs. the in-line run game.
Impression: An explosive athlete who uses his length and hands well to fend off blocks and close. Needs to get stronger and learn to play lower as a rusher inside. However, is a gifted athlete who could add some weight and fight for a spot inside or make the move to DE. Either way is an interesting practice squad guy with a good bit of upside to his game still."
Appeared in 9 games in 2007 as a RS freshman and tallied 7 tackles for Sacramento State. In 2008, he was named honorable mention all-Big Sky as he tallied 42 total tackles, including 9.0 TFLs, and 5 sacks.
In 2009, he was named second team All-America by The Sports Network and was a second team all-Big Sky selection as a defensive tackle. Christian led all defensive linemen on the team with 44 total stops, including 15.5 TFLs and 10 sacks.
In 2010, he had a down year, statistically, as he drew constant double teams and finished with 36 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 3 QBHs, a FF and a FR.
Strengths: Played mostly over the nose in the 4-3 alignment in college, but has the necessary quickness to move outside at the next level. Bulky enough to hold his own v. the run, and quick enough off the snap and into the backfield to be a force in the pass rush. Looks like an ideal 4-3 weakside pass rush-candidate. Submarines well in SY and goal line situations. Stout in college at the POA. Productive. Content to do the dirty work and to let others get the glory.
Weaknesses: Too small to stay inside at the next level. Does not have experience at his likely NFL position (DE), and will need some time to develop at the position and to work on technique and pass rush moves. Can get his legs taken out at times. Not a great tackler.
Projection: 6th round."