Position: Defensive end

Darrell Jackson

Scouting Report: (3/26/2020) Darrell Jackson is a physically impressive prospect with a big, broad well-built frame. He possesses outstanding length and despite having a well-built frame he could still add quite a bit of good weight on his frame once he is inside a college strength and conditioning program.

Against the run, Darrell has excellent size and length to be able to set the edge when he stays low. He displays the ability to fire out with good pad level for such a rangy kid and can deliver a good pop and hold his ground when he does. If he can improve his pad level consistency, the sky is the limit. He flashes active hands and good lateral mobility to squeeze and take away cut back lanes as well.

Against the pass, Darrell can be active and violent with his and flashes the ability to transfer speed-to-power. He flashes the ability to redirect inside as well as attack half-man and flip hips. All the tools are there, but he can improve and better utilize his power and work to stay lower. His length is a huge advantage in disrupting throwing lanes when he gets his hands up.

The bottom line is that Darrell is a lengthy and active defender that flashes the ability to be disruptive as both a run defender and pass rusher. He will need to continue to develop to be a more consistent and well-rounded defender, but his ceiling is enormously high. He’s athletic enough to play on his feet and strong enough to set the edge against the run. This is the type player Pruitt has a history of developing into a star.

Tyreak Sapp

Tyreak Sapp is a physically impressive prospect with a big, broad well-built frame. He has elite strength and displays better range and play speed then testing might indicate. He has a non-stop motor and a tremendous work ethic.

Against the run, Sapp has the size and length to be able to set the edge when he stays low. He displays the ability to fire out with a good pad and deliver a good pop and hold his ground. He flashes active hands and good awareness with the ability to quickly locate the ball. He uses his strength to disengage and play the ball. He has good discipline and will play responsibility with adequate lateral mobility to squeeze and take away cut back lanes. He needs to build to top speed but can be a factor in backside pursuit.

As a pass rusher, he has some good moves including an effective club and swim. I would like to see him tighten it up a bit this offseason, but he doesn’t make a big swooping motion. Sapp flashes the ability to redirect inside as well as attack half-man and flip his hips. The tools are there but he could improve and better utilize his power and work to stay lower.

Sapp is a strong defensive end prospect with the tenacity and effort to get the most out of his abilities. I wouldn’t be surprised if he develops into a dominant 5 technique at the next level.

Deontae Lawson

Scouting Report (3/9/2020) Deontae Lawson is an athletic, active linebacker that is tall, lean and high-cut. Although he needs to work to add more bulk to his frame, he is explosive and plays like he is 25-pounds heavier. He was highly productive last season for Mobile Christian is an athletic, active linebacker who amassed 144 tackles, including seven tackles for a loss, seven sacks, and three interceptions.

Against the run, he fills inside with a good base and shows great power and strength when taking on pulling linemen and fullbacks at the point of attack. Lawson consistently forces blockers upright and ball carriers inside. He’s a rare athlete who can slip blockers with good lateral quickness or shed using his strong hand technique. He possesses very good pursuit-speed and can close quickly, He can cover a lot of ground and makes a ton of stops up field in opposing backfield.

Against the pass, Lawson has improved his hand usage and strength as a pass rusher from his sophomore season. A ton of upside as a standup rusher given his length, strength and quickness. I would like to see more film in pass coverage but he does show the ability to drop and get depth and will close quickly.

Deontae is elite against the run and should continue to grow in the other areas of his game. There are no red flags in his game, he just time to continue to develop his body in a college strength and conditioning program.

Chris Braswell

Chris Braswell possesses excellent height and length with a lean muscular build and should be able to continue to add needed mass with further physical development. He does display excellent playing strength, which should continue to improve as he fills out. Chris has an elite first-step quickness.

Against the run, he consistently fires out low and plays with good pad level. He does an excellent job of shooting his hands and can be very active with them using his reach and upper body strength to slip blockers quickly. He also can get off the ball and power through contact and knife through gaps at times to disrupt with penetration. He can fight to hold ground, but he is best on the move at this stage with adequate anchor and needs to continue to add size.

Against the pass, Chris has as good of an initial burst that you will see in the 2020 class. He needs to continue to refine but can be active with his weapons and displays the ability to flip hips and quickly pull thru.

Braswell is a player that is not afraid to compete and mix-it-up and displays a good motor and willingness to move around and play where he can help the team. He is an excellent tackler with a long reach to reel in ball carriers.

Braswell is an outstanding prospect but is just scraping the surface of where he should get to. He could offer some versatility to a college defense as well with the ability to potentially fit as a DE or OLB.

He is a versatile, highly-disruptive defender who can play standing up or with his hand in the dirt with speed to make plays on the perimeter. With refinements and continued physical development in his game, he should develop into at least an All-SEC performer.

 

Jashaud Stewart

Jashaud Stewart will not wow you in terms of measurables on paper, but once you turn the film on you will be pleasantly surprised. At 6’2 and 221 pounds, he will arrive on campus a bit undersized as a defensive end but has an amazing skill set. In fact, when he reaches the offensive player, he brings more pop than most guys 30 pounds heavier than he is. He has a frame that should be able to add more good mass but if not could move to outside linebacker.

Against the run, is where he will need to add good mass to help anchor against bigger blockers but demonstrates he can fire out and maintain a good ‘football position’ and creates separation. He displays elite lateral agility to squeeze and take away cutback lanes and shows great awareness and discipline as a defender.

As a pass rusher, he is capable of quickly firing off the ball and getting up-field. Jashaud stays active and is violent with his hands in attacking blockers. Flashes the ability to convert speed-to-power and is a very good edge rusher at this stage.

Last season he recorded 89 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries. The key to Jashaud success will be finding the right spot between gaining weight and not losing his athleticism. I have to admit, I was skeptical before I watched his game film. However, now I think he has the potential to become a big-time contributor for the Razorbacks. You cannot teach the type of instincts and aggression that he plays with.

Daniel Foster-Allen

Scouting Report: (6/14/2019) Daniel possesses a nice blend of height and bulk with a leaner, lengthy frame that can continue to be developed with time in a college weight program. He is currently 250 pounds but could potentially add another 30 pounds of good mass.

He has a quick first step and uses his hands well to stack and shed and has the speed to move down the line or get after the quarterback. He moves very well laterally and has the speed and effort to make plays from the backside. Daniel is a strong tackler who explodes on contact. He has a relentless motor and fights through the whistle.

Against the run, Daniel displays the ability to fire out with good pad level and can deliver a good pop and hold ground when he does. Displays good discipline and will play responsibility with adequate lateral mobility to squeeze and take away cut back lanes. Needs to build to top speed but makes up for it with relentless effort.

Most recruiting services have Daniel as a three-star but I think most are overlooking the fact that he is a full year younger than most players in the 2020 class. He is just scratching the surface of how good he can be. He showed the inconsistencies you expect out of 16-year old last season. However, he showed flashes of the player he will become.