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JOHNATHAN SULLIVAN
Johnathan Sullivan - DT Position: DT
Class: Underclassman
School: Georgia
Conference: SEC
Ht., Wt.: 6'3, 313
40 Time: 5.04
Grade: 4.25

Selected by New Orleans Saints
Round 1, pick 6 (6 overall)
BIO: Junior entry and second team All-Conference selection last season after collecting 74 tackles, 18 1/2 tackles for loss and four sacks in 14 games. Started 10 games as a sophomore registering 46-8-4. Played 10 games as a freshman and totaled 34-3-1.

POSITIVES: Big, strong, interior player effective rushing the passer or defending the run. Quick off the snap, plays with forward lean and gets leverage on opponents. Doubled at the line yet tough to move out and drives blockers up the field, getting push from his legs. Moves well laterally, displays sideline-to-sideline range and has a burst of closing speed. Solid hand technique and physically defeats blocks or slides off them laterally. A load in the middle that collapses the pocket.

NEGATIVES: Lacks balance, overall range and haphazard at times.

ANALYSIS: Fine prospect with a large amount of upside for the next level. Effective as either a 43 tackle or a two gap lineman. Initially may need time to adjust to the next level but should be a productive starting defender for a long time.

PROJECTION: Mid First Round


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