Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Boom or bust late-round SEC defensive prospects

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. player. 814. . . . Malik Herring, defensive tackle?

Is Malik Herring better suited to play DT for the Philadelphia Eagles?

At six-foot-three and about 280 pounds, former Georgia Bulldogs standout Malik Herring has the prototypical size for someone wanting to succeed as a defensive end at the highest level of football. By comparison, he’s an inch taller than Brandon Graham and 15 pounds heavier. He’s also two inches shorter than Josh Sweat.

Unfortunately, as far as his game goes, we didn’t see much from him at the collegiate level to suggest that he’s much of a pass rusher. In 34 career games, he only managed four career sacks. That includes a season where he didn’t get any (2017) and another where he registered a half of a sack (2019).

There’s a lot to be excited about with Herring. Clearly, he’s got an understanding of what’s to be expected of him on the football, but one also has to wonder if adding a few more pounds and moving inside to play tackle isn’t the wisest move for his professional career.