Dexter Larimore, DT, Ohio State

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Dexter Larimore, DT, Ohio State

Postby Pudge » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:45 pm

DEXTER LARIMORE
6-3/319
Ohio State Senior
40: 5.18

PROS:

Has the size and ability to get leverage against the run at the point of attack. Shows some ability to anchor and does a nice job fighting through double teams. Can shed the blocker and make the stop at the point of attack. Plays with a good motor. Shows decent range to make plays laterally against the run and gets some push on the pocket.

CONS:

Gets redirected a bit too easily and pushed back at times against the double team. Needs to do a better job getting off blocks. Gets overextended at times trying to get leverage and will get engulfed at the point of attack because of it. Lacks short area burst and ability to finish plays as a pass rusher when he does press the pocket.

OVERVIEW:

Larimore has just enough quickness coupled with his strength to think he can compete at the next level. He's a nose tackle that plays there both when Ohio State uses a 3 or 4-man front. He is helped greatly by playing with more talented cast of guys around him, but he pulls his weight as well, which you like to see. Had his best year as a senior, his only as a full-time starter, where he had 40 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and 4 sacks. Previous three years combined for 51 tackles, 9 for loss, and 4 sacks. Missed most of second half of junior year with a knee sprain.

NFL FORECAST:

Larimore has enough power and a good motor to think he has a chance of working his way onto an NFL roster down the road. He's not a playmaker, but the type of guy that with some work and development, brings the sort of toughness and intangibles that endear him to coaches and gets himself a gig. He'll work best in a two-gap scheme where his lack of range and burst won't be limitations. There his strength and work ethic can help him win out. Eventually, he'll never be a great pro and will likely be a career backup even if he works out. But he can spend a year or two on a practice squad, and then develop into a decent backup for a 3-4 team. You sort of hope he develops into a Chris Hoke-type. Hoke was practically inactive for three years with the Steelers before Casey Hampton got hurt during his fourth year (2004) and he filled in admirably. Ever since, he's been a valuable commodity and depth guy for the Steelers. If Larimore can get that type of time to grow and develop, then he has a chance of being a similar player.

ATL FORECAST:

Larimore can play in the Falcons scheme, but he's not quite disruptive enough to really stand out. He can push for time with his motor and strength, but he's only a two-down player at best in Atlanta, and would probably need to slim down (10-15 pounds?) to even have a shot sticking long-term in Atlanta.

VALUE:

A 3-4 team looking for developmental depth might take him in the seventh. Otherwise, you could be getting a good value as an undrafted guy.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 4.0
Point Of Attack: 3.0
Quickness: 2.0
Pass Rush: 1.5
Motor: 3.5
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