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PFF scouting report: Joey Ivie, DI, Florida

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 20: Blake Sims #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes away from Joey Ivie #91 of the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 20, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Name: Joey Ivie

School: Florida

Position fit: played NT at Florida, but might benefit from moving to 3-tech

Stats to know: One of only three prospects with at least 10 knockdowns in fewer than 200 snaps (with Caleb Brantley and Malik McDowell).

What he does best:

  • Quick hands, can win quickly right off the snap.
  • Fits a penetrating, aggressive front.
  • Possesses the quickness to maintain spacing with offensive lineman at initial contact.
  • Displays a consistent ability to shoot gaps and make plays from the backside of zone.
  • Uses a variety of moves to disengage once he has an advantage during his pass-rush sequence.
  • Capable of recognizing and reacting to initial failure, regularly wins late in reps with counter moves.

Biggest concern:

  • Weak lower body, loses ground vertically on a regular basis.
  • Fails to display a consistent ability to anchor, plays with poor leverage.
  • Can be bullied at the point of attack, might lack the requisite strength to play the run on the interior.
  • Struggles to arrest momentum on perimeter runs if he fails to instantly disengage.
  • Unable to maintain balance and redirect in the backfield to make tackles for a loss.
  • Ends up on the ground too frequently, eliminated on the front side at an alarming rate.
  • Failed to notch a pressure in three separate games in 2016.
  • Inability to finish evident, missed eight of 74 attempts in three years.
  • Inexperienced, played only just over 400 snaps as a senior.
  • Nicked up, missed games in both of his final two years as a Gator.

Bottom line: Ivie has progressed nicely during his time at Florida, improving every season. He’s shown the quicks to win at the point of attack, but there’s some boom or bust to his game that will make it difficult to stick as an every-down option. Ivie has some pass-rushing ability, but stashing a developmental pass-rusher can be difficult. He’ll at least get a shot to make a roster, and he’ll have to continue to same progression curve he showed at Florida.

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