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PFF scouting report: Treyvon Hester, Edge, Toledo

TOLEDO, OH - SEPTEMBER 17: Defensive tackle Treyvon Hester #91 of the Toledo Rockets celebrates a sack against Fresno State Bulldogs during the second quarter at Glass Bowl on September 17, 2016 in Toledo, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)

Name: Treyvon Hester

School: Toledo

Position fit: 3-/5-technique, might be best at 5

Stats to know: Recorded 88 combined pressures in three seasons.

What he does best:

  • Displays awareness to recognize and defeat down blocks forcing backs to redirect from the intended point of attack.
  • Made a lot of splash plays against the run. Can win quickly off the ball and disrupt plays.
  • Decent bull-rusher, should use power moves more frequently rushing the passer.
  • Regularly attempts to shed blocks using the arm over move, enjoys intermittent success.
  • Displays a solid anchor to resist double teams.
  • Three years of strong production on 2,053 total snaps.

Biggest concern:

  • Slow recognizing and reacting to draw plays.
  • Will duck his head and lose sight of the ball in the run game.
  • Struggles to arrest momentum and change direction, redirecting on the move a major issue.
  • Can be widened at the point of attack, frequently gambles on going around blocks.
  • Rarely sheds blocks cleanly, still needs to refine his hand placement.
  • Limited lateral agility, takes an age to reach a blocker’s outside shoulder.
  • Not particularly explosive, flashes a quick first step occasionally but infrequently.
  • Finds himself on the deck often, not the strongest and lacks balance.
  • Much of his production was of the unblocked and cleanup variety.

Player comparison: Ricardo Mathews, Pittsburgh Steelers

Mathews was a late-round selection in 2010 who has carved out a role as a rotational lineman in both odd and even fronts. Hester probably fits best as a base-package 5-technique who comes off the field in the nickel.

Bottom line: Few elements of Hester’s game are particularly compelling. He has the physical attributes, but doesn’t always use his size and length to his advantage. Hester is also not particularly athletic, generating much of his pressure with the bull rush. However, he’s a solid run defender with reasonable pass-rush ability and he should be a part of a defensive line rotation at the next level.

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