Possesses a girthy, wide-body size with a strong upper and lower body. Extremely strong with the raw power to overwhelm blockers at the point of attack. Anchors off the snap and holds his ground, staying stout in the run game. Has a coordinated frame to stay balanced on his feet through contact. Has very good awareness and always knows where the ball is, using his eyes to quickly locate and elevate his hands to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. High character player on and off the field with top work ethic and a positive attitude ... very good teammate. Versatile player, lining up at both defensive end and nose tackle in BYU's 3-4 defensive alignment.
Has seen his weight fluctuate over the years and it is something that needs to be monitored. Short in stature and doesn't have great length. Has limited range and doesn't have great lateral agility to move up and down the line of scrimmage in a flash ... won't make a lot of plays outside the numbers. Needs to clean up his technique and play with better leverage to consistently defeat blocks. Has some durability and conditioning concerns after missing most of the 2009 and 2010 seasons with injuries and doesn't look like an every-down defender. An older prospect and will be 27-years old when the 2012 NFL regular season starts.
NFL Comparison: Chris Nield, Washington Redskins.
-- Dane Brugler
edit -- I think it's interesting that PFW (Pro Football Weekly) had him as a third round pick and had said "... and he could factor in as a two-down run-stopper with teams like the Jets, 49ers and Steelers" prior to the draft. I think it's a great pickup if for nothing more than to give Ta'amu a little competition in Latrobe this offseason. Competition breeds the need for improvement, something Ta'amu and McLendon will need this coming offseason.