Scoop on Marlon Favorite-Kemo's replcmnt
Posted 03 August 2009 - 11:52 AM
While he never quite lived up to his high school All-American billing in Baton Rouge, NFL teams are still interested in Favorite's active play and run-stuffing ability inside. He made 28 tackles in his junior and senior seasons as part of a rotation of talented interior linemen, but only managed nine tackles for loss and four sacks in his career as a part-time starter for the Tigers.
One of the more popular Tigers, NFL teams will appreciate his positive outlook and locker room leadership in addition to his motor and other physical talents.
Positives: Active, stout defender with long arms. Uses that length to secure tackles on the line. Chases down the line and hustles downfield after plays. His low center of gravity helps him to get under his man's pads and maintain the line of scrimmage against double teams. Has the strength and hand play to shed blocks and tackle the ballcarrier. Effective spin move when coming after the quarterback. Keeps his eyes in the backfield during the pass rush; will fight until the ball is away. Shows quick, violent hand play at times.
Negatives: Shorter than scouts prefer at defensive tackle. Big in the middle but has only adequate girth. Plays the three-technique for LSU but will be better covering the A-gaps in the NFL. Lacks straight-line speed to catch ballcarriers from behind. Most of his plays behind the line will be due to hustle and good coverage instead of a great initial burst off the snap. Must be more consistent using his hands to defeat cut blocks, although he generally recovers well. Stamina is an issue, as he was part of a constant rotation at LSU.
Posted 03 August 2009 - 12:30 PM
Posted 03 August 2009 - 01:11 PM
Since he was the immediate starter after Kemo went down ahead of Irvin and Hayden, it's hard to imagine we keep Taylor this year.
That is assuming Hayden is a lock for the roster.
Posted 03 August 2009 - 01:16 PM