Todd Bates (Clemson's D-Line coach) will have a plethora of gigantic, explosive athletes rushing the QB for years to come. Joining the #1 overall recruit in the country Bryan Bresee is a homegrown South Carolina defensive tackle Demonte Capehart. Capehart is the third of three 5-star defensive linemen to commit to playing for Dabo. Here's what makes him so special.
Motor - He doesn't stop attacking and pursing until the QB is down. His speed ends up putting him very close to the QB nearly every time the QB is forced from the pocket. A considerable amount of his sacks were from him collapsing the pocket, and then sprinting at a flat angle down the LOS to cut off the (slower) QB's scramble.
Explosiveness - He's consistently in the backfield in the blink of an eye. Just too fast for HS offensive linemen. This might work to his disadvantage in college because penetration up the field by D-linemen can be easily exploited. Todd Bate's coaching will take care of that.
Bend - Capehart has impressive bend for a 6-5 290 DT. His position in high school was never DE, but he did at times end up playing 5 technique. He showed that he can work the edge and use his speed outside against the tackles. He likes the swim move, followed by a quick dip under combo, but it looks a little unpolished. The bend is there, he just has to be taught how to pass rush. Even at DT he can get caught standing up high, and can be swallowed up once his momentum is stopped. But like I said earlier, he still gets the sack because he can just run down the scrambling QB, which brings me to my next point
Forty - 4.84
These forty times being put up by defensive linemen at all levels are just getting ridiculous. Across the board, athletes are getting faster. But a high school DT should not be running a 4.84 forty, the same time as 2nd overall pick of the NFL Draft Quinnen Williams (DT).
Improvements To Be Made By Todd Bates
Pad Height - Demonte plays too high for my liking. He's never needed a reason to play with leverage since he's always been the most imposing force on any football field he's stepped on. But at the next level if you play too high you get merked, plain and simple.
Check out some of his pass rush moves in this 1v1 session.
These pad-less 1v1's are a lot like watching 7-on. I mostly use it to judge the athleticism, and not so much pass rushing.
Let Me Know Your Opinion!
How much do pad-less 1v1 pass rushing sessions help players get better? Do they help at all? How? Let me know in the comments, let's have a conversation!
Check out fellow Clemson commit and class of 2020 offensive lineman Mitchel Mayes' highlights and evaluation. These two will get to know each other very well in the trenches in the next few years.