Isaac Rochell, DT, Notre Dame
At just 280 pounds, Rochell is underweight for a defensive tackle, but could be a valuable player with some added muscle. The former offensive lineman is raw as a defensive player, but his boxer-like hands and locker room presence are hard attributes to ignore.
If Doug Pederson is anything like Andy Reid, he and Howie Roseman will not be shy about drafting some big boys on the defensive line. Rochell, though new to the position, is a teachable player with the heart of a lion.
Here is a scouting report on Rochell, courtesy of NFL.com:
"STRENGTHS: Named team captain as a senior. Dependable and durable. Played in over 83 percent of team’s defensive snaps over his last three seasons. Experienced pass rusher in T/E and E/T twist games up front. Has some bull-rush capability if his pad level is right. Gets good arm extension after contact. Has upper body strength to jolt blocker with his violent hands. Comes off ball with good bend and aggressiveness. Not easily out-leveraged against run blockers. Has enough natural power and anchor to play 5-technique in the pros. Length and upper body strength help his ground at point of attack. Shows ability to restrict his gap against the run. Tackle finisher when he gets to it. WEAKNESSES: One-speed pass rusher with very limited juice upfield. Despite high snap counts over final three seasons, produced minimal sack totals. Effort rusher with dull, predictable approach at times. Too content after initial rush thwarted. Fails to activate skilled counter rushes. Will present “tweener” concerns between defensive end and defensive tackle positions. Might be 2-gap only. Fails to see blockers in front of him. Gets too bogged down with oncoming collisions rather than stacking, shedding and making the tackles. Heavy punch needs to be followed with quicker disengagement. Low number of early wins at point of attack."