Pack Goes Defense: Boston College DT Raji the Pick at #9

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The Packers added some needed size to their defense in Saturday’s draft, taking big Boston College DT B.J. Raji with the 9th overall pick in the draft. Raji is a huge lift for a D-line that is going with a new 3-4 look with new defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

Here’s the lowdown on Raji from Draft Countdown:

Strengths:

Outstanding mass and bulk…Excellent strength…Stout at the point of attack…Can fill two gaps…Able to occupy multiple blockers…Tough, powerful and nasty…A beast against the run…Can really collapse the pocket…Able to penetrate and make plays in the backfield…Above average athleticism…Quick and agile…Pursues well and has a burst to close…Good instincts and awareness…Will offer schematic versatility.

Weaknesses:

Conditioning and stamina have been problems…Is shorter than you’d prefer…Maturity and commitment have been questioned…Doesn’t always play with proper leverage…Inconsistent and his motor tends to run hot and cold…Is not an elite pass rusher…Struggled to keep up with his studies and intelligence may be an issue..Durability concerns?

Notes:

First name is “Busari”…Father migrated from Nigeria…A three-year starter in the ACC…Named 1st Team All-ACC in 2008…Sat out the 2007 season for academic reasons and redshirted…Was ejected from a game in 2006 for throwing a punch…Missed spring ball in 2008 after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery…Weighed more than 350 pounds at one point but is most effective at 325-330…Potential 3-4 nose tackle but could also fit in a 4-3 scheme…Has the physical tools to be great but intangibles could hold him back and prevent him from maximizing his potential…Had an amazing senior season and showed what a truly dominant force he can be when in shape and motivated.


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