BIO: Two-year starter previously awarded All-Conference honors. Totaled 53/8.5/3.5 as a senior after 50/17.5/5.5 the prior year.
POSITIVES: Explosive defensive tackle with potential as a three-technique lineman. Quickly gets off the snap and works hard until the whistle blows. Plays with good pad level, immediately locates the ball and resilient. Flashes a burst of closing speed and nicely redirects to the action.
NEGATIVES: Wears down over the course of a game and can be handled at the point. Lacks great speed in pursuit.
ANALYSIS: A highly competitive defender, Villarreal could find a home as a reserve one-gap lineman. At the very least should produce on special teams.