NFL Draft Scouting Report: Dalvin Tomlinson

Alabama
RS Senior DT #54
6’3” 305

Dalvin Tomlinson was overshadowed in previous years because of the guys drafted last year, Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson, but Tomlinson was able to make the most of his time this year. Tomlinson is looked at as a run stuffer but in the right scheme he is able to get pressure on the quarterback. Here are some scouting notes based on Tomlinson’s game film.

  • Powerful hands
  • Great leverage
  • Able to eat up multiple blockers in the run game
  • Consistently shreds blocks in run game
  • Does not have good pass rush moves
  • High football IQ
  • Gets his hands in the passing lane
  • Willing to do the dirty work

Tomlinson was finally able to get some quality starting time this season for the Crimson Tide after the departure of Reed and  Robinson. He lined up as the big man in the middle stuffing the run and taking on double teams. Tomlinson was able to rack up 62 tackles with five and a half for a loss as well as three sacks and four pass deflections. His stats may not look super productive but that’s because he did most of the dirty work inside to allow Alabama’s talented back seven make a lot of plays.

Tomlinson was a three-time heavyweight champion wrestler in high school and was a goalie on the soccer team. Because of these other sports have helped develop him into a very talented defensive tackle. He is able to take on double teams and anchor down to eat up blockers due to his wrestling background. He has powerful hands and is able to shed blocks in the running game.  Tomlinson is very quick at diagnosing the running lanes and maintains his gap responsibility. In the running game he is able to shed blockers consistently and will pursue the ball carrier.

Tomlinson lacks the quick-twitch pass rushing ability and is not quite strong enough to win with a bull rush. He benefited greatly from Alabama’s pass rushing twists and stunts and needs the right scheme to be able to get home consistently.

Overall, Tomlinson should easily work into a defensive line rotation and get a majority of his snaps on earlier downs. In the right scheme he could see some third down snaps but he must develop more effective pass rush techniques.

Round Value: 4

Tomlinson has the talent that NFL teams are looking for but, similar to Andrew Billings in last year’s draft, he will probably fall because he is labeled as just a run stopping defensive tackle and not much of a pass rushing threat.

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Writer for The Draftster. Chemical Engineering Student at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

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