40: 5.05 (estimated)
Has a decent first step for his size, showing some quickness to beat the guard in one on one situations. Has good strength, and hard for blockers to lock onto. Has potential to develop a nice power move. Shows some ability to eat space when he plays the nose.
Doesn't really show the ideal first step. Doesn't make a ton of impact plays.
Laurent played inside for Ole Miss, providing them a lot of beef there as he teamed with Jerrell Powe. He can play either nose or under tackle and has a nice combo of size and quickness. His senior year was his lone as a full-time starter, recording 21 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and 2 sacks in 12 games. Previous two years, he combined for 36 tackles, 9.5 for loss, and 1.5 sacks with 10 starts in 26 appearances. Hails from Powder Springs, GA, not far outside Atlanta.
Laurent looks the part of a two-gap nose tackle and while he can develop there down the line, he's probably a better fit as one-gap defender. His primary role will be clogging running lanes. He just doesn't really do that well enough to really like his chances compared to other options as a backup nose in a 3-4 scheme. But either way, he's probably only ever going to be a rotational guy. As a potential 4-3 guy, he can be a decent No. 4 option that can give you 15-20 snaps per game. He'll just never be really an impact guy, more of the type of player that can clog the middle and keep other guys fresh on run downs. I would compare him to someone like Rashad Moore.
Laurent could push for time in Atlanta's rotation, but because he's not that disruptive, it's hard to see him landing a spot. His main competition would likely be Vance Walker, and he doesn't seem quite at a level where he could beat Walker. His best hope would be to impress enough to land a practice squad position and hope a role opens up for him next summer as the No. 4 guy. But he's not a long-term option really. He's a guy that is good enough to keep around for two or so years, but eventually the team will bring along someone that is better.
He's not really worth a draft pick since he doesn't seem like a strong bet to make a roster. But some team desperate for depth and size inside might snag him at the end of the seventh.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 2.5
Pass Rush: 2.0
Scouting reports of the defensive tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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