Defensive Tackle – Bravvion Roy – Baylor
If you aren’t someone that has really dug deep into this draft class or watched a lot of Big 12 football, you may not even know who Baylor’s Bravvion Roy is. He isn’t talked about as one of the top defensive tackles in this class. However, I think he might be overlooked.
Roy is built like a typical nose tackle, measuring 6-foot-1 and 332 pounds. So at this point you are probably envisioning Roy as a lane clogging run stuffer and thinking, “I don’t know if that’s needed with guys like Derrick Nnadi, Khalen Saunders, and Mike Pennel on the roster”. The thing is, Roy doesn’t play like a true nose tackle. The best part of his game right now is his ability to disrupt and get into the backfield.
Look at how Roy shoots right through the line in this clip and gets to the ball carrier about the same time that the ball does.
Roy’s tape is full of these kind of plays. Take a look at how Roy’s numbers at getting after the quarterback stack up with the best defensive tackles in this class. Below are their number of pass rush snaps, sacks, QB hits, and hurries.
- Derrick Brown – 382 snaps, 5 sacks, 10 QB hits, 20 hurries
- Javon Kinlaw – 352 snaps, 7 sacks, 7 QB hits, 26 hurries
- Ross Blacklock – 323 snaps, 3 sacks, 3 QB hits, 24 hurries
- Jordan Elliott – 290 snaps, 4 sacks, 9 QB hits, 21 hurries
- Bravvion Roy – 422 snaps, 6 sacks, 15 QB hits, 30 hurries
Look, I’m not saying that Roy should be drafted as high as those guys with prototypical defensive tackle size and measurables, but his production simply can’t be ignored. Roy could be a mid round pick with the physical tools to develop into a solid run stopper and someone that can penetrate and blow up plays when asked. That’s not too bad for a prospect that very few are talking about.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Elliott – Missouri
If the Chiefs wanted to go after a more typical defensive tackle talent, they wouldn’t have to travel very far to find one of the better ones in this draft class. Jordan Elliott out of Missouri has a lot of the traits you would want. Elliott has flashed great skill, but his production hasn’t been quite there yet. If the Chiefs think they can develop him he has the potential to be an even better pro than he was a college player.
Next up, my top draft crush for the first round.