Showcases some natural power on his bull rush and uses his long arms well to get into blockers quickly and can deliver a real jolt on contact. But, because of his inability to play with routine leverage, opposing linemen can reset their feet and anchor after his initial jolt. Possesses violent hands and is really sudden when changing directions on his pass rush, as he loves to work his inside chop in order to disengage and close back inside.
Displays a good overall first step and can get into opposing tackles quickly, but isn't going to win at the next level with his speed rush alone, as he struggles to drop his pad level when flattening out around the corner and can be easily pushed past the pocket. Also, has a motor that will tire from time to time.
As a run defender he has the length to consistently defeat blocks on the outside vs. perimeter runs and displays impressive range away from his frame. Exhibits good overall hand placement in all areas of the game and can consistently dictate to blocks on contact. However, he can get jolted off the line and sealed from the football because of his inability to play with leverage. Isn't as stout at the point of attack as his size would indicate.
Impression: A really long, impressive athlete with powerful hands and good closing speed on the football. Tore an ACL and suffered through back injuries as a senior and now has significant medical concerns which will keep him from getting draft high."
Run defense: Could be a three-down player at the next level because of his size and strength against the run on the weak side. Stacks tackles and disengages to contain against cutbacks. Recovers from punches, maintaining his ground and getting back into the action to catch backs coming through the hole. Good flexibility to get under pads to penetrate gaps inside or outside. Gets down the line on inside runs and fights through trash to find the ball. Tight ends cannot handle one-on-one on the edge -- he will hold them up and rip off their blocks. Will bite on misdirection. Because he runs with his pads high is limited changing direction to chase down misdirection plays from behind. Needs to improve defeating cut blocks.
Explosion: Good, not great, get-off at the snap as a pass rusher. Tests tackles on the edge more with his height and length than pure speed, but may have troubles doing so against veteran NFL linemen. Flashes pop into man's jersey to bull rush or punch and roll outside to take away bootlegs and outside runs.
Strength: Plays with better leverage than most rush ends. Upper-body strength allows him to rip the ball out of running backs or receivers' grasp while making a tackle. Does not stack and control ends on the edge consistently, needs to use his hands more consistently to make more plays.
Tackling: A strong wrap-up tackler in the backfield and downfield. Good closing speed, strength and a long wingspan allows him to be explosive and force fumbles. Runs tall, so although though most college backs are not elusive enough to escape him in the open field he may lack the ability to break down against NFL backs. Could improve his consistency chasing plays; stands around too often after his teammates make initial contact.
Intangibles: Played only one year of high school football."
Positive: Athletic defensive end once considered a first round prospect but now struggling to regain form after several injuries. Breaks down well, plays with leverage, and is fluid moving in every direction of the field. Keeps his feet off blocks, displays both strength and power, knocking linemen off the ball and pushing them into the pocket. Quickly gets his hands up, violently jolts opponents with good punch, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Fluid making plays down the line of scrimmage or into the backfield.
Negative: Lacks great first-step quickness. Average closing burst to the action. Not a very sudden player.
Analysis: Entering the year Romeus was considered a first round talent after being a disruptive force for three years. Back and knee injuries have changed that thinking altogether, and several medical red flags will now be raised. Likely a late-round pick, Romeus must show he can get back to prior playing form and that the injuries sustained have taken little away from his game."
Negatives: Still developing pass rushing counter moves... Stiff hips... Is not great in space... Can play with too high of a pad level... Will take plays off... Inconsistent motor... Played in just two games in 2010, missed seven games this season following surgery to repair a disc in lower back, then tore ACL in his first game back."
Weaknesses: Back injury which must be checked out thoroughly. Character issues may come into play as well. No 3-4 DE candidate despite his length (wrong body type.) 2 pt. stance, pure pass rusher who may be run at effectively. Can get caught up in the trash. Makes himself blockable in the run game with his stance and pop up.
Projection: 1st round talent who will likely go later than that because of injury concerns. May not even come out for the 2011 draft, and may seek a medical redshirt to return to school in 2011."
After redshirting in 2006, Romeus stormed out of the gates as a freshman. He finished that season with 41 tackles, 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.0 sacks. For his efforts he was named to just about everybody's All-Freshman team. The following season he stepped up and earned All-Big East accolades. The sophomore slump was certainly not there for Romeus (who completed the 2008 campaign with 51 tackles, 15.5 tackles-for-loss and 7.5 sacks). He even blocked an impressive three extra point attempts.
NFL scouts wanted to see if Romeus could keep it up as an upperclassman. And in 2009 he did just that, totaling 43 tackles, 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 8.0 sacks. Romeus needed to return for his senior season, but it did not start out well as he hurt his back and has played in just one game. In the meantime, Romeus' stock is dropping fast.
He has a very long reach and more than enough size and strength, so he will improve his stock once he gets the pads off and does some workouts, but it is crucial Romeus gets back on the field and gets back to his old ways of terrorizing quarterbacks if he wants to be a first or second round draft pick."
Many wondered why Romeus returned for his redshirt senior campaign following his season as Big East Defensive Player of the Year. It says here that it was a wise decision considering that the Pittsburgh defensive end only started playing football during his senior year of high school. Romeus understands that he has to add some seasoning to his game and improve his all-around technique to tap into his full potential. The first thing that stands out about the All-Big East man is that he passes the eye test with flying colors. Standing at 6’6” and 270 pounds the Pittsburgh defensive end has the prototypical body of an NFL edge rusher. Romeus is an outstanding combination of burst, fluidity, length and strength. His lack of top-end speed may keep make him from developing into a double-digit sack man on a yearly basis at the next level, but he counters that with his deft run-stuffing ability. Romeus has improved each year since arriving at Pittsburgh and if he builds on last season, this Panther should emerge as a first rounder in 2011.
2009: The former basketball player is still developing as football player, with his pass rushing skills serving as the strength of his game. The sky’s the limit for Romeus, who recorded 15.5 tackles for a loss as a sophomore, along with 7.5 sacks, and three blocked kicks. Romeus has a lightening quick first step, long arms, and outstanding hops to be nightmare for most offensive tackles. At 6’ 6” and 270 pounds, Romeus has prototypical size and is an exceptional athlete. He also has a tremendous wingspan, which allows him to keep offensive linemen from getting into his body, as well as knock down passes when he doesn’t get all the way to the quarterback. He is still growing, but the extra bulk doesn’t seem to be affecting his quickness. In fact, a little extra strength training has reportedly added to his burst."
Now, Greg Romeus could be this year's Greg Hardy. Once a top prospect, injury and effort questions cost Hardy millions in the draft as he fell to the Panthers in the sixth round.
On Saturday, Romeus tore a ligament in his knee. Romeus needed back surgery earlier this season and missed seven games. Both are incredibly serious injuries for an NFL player, let alone a prospect a team has to gamble on.
Now, Romeus could be lucky to hear his name called before the third round. Whether or not Romeus can participate in a postseason all-star game is unclear."
10 months ago, Greg Romeus was a consensus Top 10 Pick. But after a NIGHTMARE Senior season, his stock has gone the way of Ricky Sapp's, a year ago, and plummeted all the way to the Mid Round ~ 3rd to 5th ~ range.
And well it might: after a torn ACL AND Back surgery, Greg Romeus has probably been crossed off some team's boards, all together.
But the lad is healing.
And imagine if he simply fully recovers...and reclaims all the Strength, Speed, and Power he had, a year ago??
We're talking about a 6.5/264 athlete who has the Power, the Burst, and the Extension to Set the Edge AND Rush the Passer, and those types are extremely rare.
MIND you: he played with a pretty dubious Crouch when he was healthy, which hampered both his Anchoring and his Rush Games: If I was drafting for 40 Scheme, I might not draft this kid at all. I'd certainly want to see if he was building up his lower body strength to support that healing back...and to improve his Crouch.
But as a Flanker ~ that's "OutSide LineBacker" to you Earthlings!! ~ in 30 Scheme ~ say, in Coach Belichick's, where Setting the Edge is as important as Rushing The Passer?? That would be a damned good match up.
The term "Sleeper" has of course evolved to mean "Value", as any afficionado of The Draft has heard of most of the alleged "Sleepers." But as "Sleeper" sounds much cooler than "Value" ~ which evokes thoughts of K Mart ~ I'll just keep rolling with "Sleeper" if there're no strong objections!!
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