By: Steve Johnson
Jerry Tillery, IDL, Notre Dame
6’6 1/2″ 295lbs
34 1/2″ arms. 10 5/8″ hands.
4.93 40 32″ Vert. 115″ Broad Jump. 23 Bench Reps.
7.45 3 Cone Drill 4.33 20 yard Shuttle
2015: 12 games. 12 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack,
2016: 12 games. 37 tackles, 3.5 TFL,
2017: 13 games. 56 tackles, 9 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 FF
2018: 12 games. 28 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 2 FF
Accolades: 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, 2018 Second-team All-American
History: Four-star recruit from Shreveport, LA. Played both ways at Evangel Christian High School. He was a top ranked Offensive Tackle coming into Notre Dame in January 2015, after enrolling early.
Strengths: Tall with long arms and strong. Huge hands. Strong at the point of attack. Long arms help him get an initial pop and keeps them extended. Has improved his lateral ability for his size. Good get off. Feet are always moving, does not allow himself to be stalemated. Good awareness of his role, doesn’t overpursue, gap sound. Plays with good balance. Has the strength to drop anchor in double teams. Has some experience on special teams, including 2 blocked kicks in 2018.
Weaknesses: Lateral ability is good, not great. Closing speed is average, doesn’t get home enough. Pass rush moves are lacking. Might be limited to specifically a 5-technique in a 30 front, at the next level. Was susceptible to double team down blocks vs Boston College 2017 tape. Has had some character concerns, which includes kicking opponents.
Overview: Tillery is a long and strong power rusher. He lacks the lateral agility of elite pass rushers, but is strong against the run and has a good understanding of his assignment. He is still somewhat raw and a bit of an underachiever, but he should contribute right away. He projects best as a 3-4 end, although I could seem some teams giving him a shot as a LE in a 40 front.
Draft Projection: Late First Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.01
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