2012 NFL Draft: DT/DE Trevor Guyton

Trevor Guyton is a 6-3 285 lb Senior from the University of California. He doesn't have much experience but he's seen snaps at every defensive line position. He even stood up as a linebacker at times. I must say I have a soft spot for Guyton. Even with recent acquisition Jason Jones on the roster, I still think we might target him in the latter half of the draft.

The first thing you'll notice about Guyton is how low and hard fires off the snap. His weight might suggest a weakness at the point of attack but the film says otherwise. His powerful lower body, quick first step, and excellent pad level help him consistently put blockers on their heels.

You'll next notice Guyton's rapid-fire feet and the non-stop motor driving them. He doesn't have the athleticism to dominate but with his quickness, strength, and aggressiveness, he can occasionally overwhelm and even beat double teams. When the play breaks outside, he pursue as doggedly as I've ever seen a defensive linemen do so.

Guyton possesses strong arms and flashes the power to simply toss weaker blockers aside. However, his footwork currently outpaces his hand use. This really hurts his ability to shed blocks since opposing linemen are mostly free to lock on while his feet carry him flush into their power base. He also focuses too much on working past his blocker and not enough on the ball, which compounds the negative effects of his inability to shed.

At this point Guyton leaves more plays on the field than he makes. Even so, I feel he could become a consistent contributor with little more than better hand use. Active hands also have a way of bringing a player's head up, which could indirectly improve his ball awareness. Throw in a pass rush move or two and he has the makings of a starting caliber defensive linemen.

As a player with starter intangibles who's probably a couple training camps away from earning real playing time, Guyton will most likely be drafted in the 4-6 round range. As a Seahawk he would further fill out an improving defensive line and help generate a level of competition there that we haven't seen yet in the Carroll-era. Jason Jones might have closed Seattle's door on DT/DE prospects, but Pete's desire for competition knows no bounds so who knows.

After the jump you can watch him against Washington State in 2010, and both Stanford and Texas in 2011.


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Big thanks as usual to DraftBreakdown for the excellent scouting videos they put together. If it wasn't for their hard, unheralded and humble work, we'd be forced to watch those godawful horrible highlight videos with terrible soundtracks all day. So, thanks to Aaron Aloysius, JMPasq, JPDraftJedi, TTN2810, MARI0clp and the whole DraftBreakdown crew.

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