Biography: Three-year starter who finished with 42 tackles as a senior after 45 the prior year.
Positives: Short, explosive plugger with great explosion. Possesses outstanding first step quickness, shows strength in his lower body and bulrushes opponents off the ball. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, naturally strong, and holds his ground against blocks. Plays with exceptional leverage, bending his knees and keeping his pads low to the ground.
Negatives: Possesses just a small area burst of speed. Very slow to shed blocks once engaged at the point. Lacks natural size and may struggle transitioning at the next level.
Analysis: Givens has the playing style of a nose tackle yet the body type teams want in a three-technique lineman. He could be an inexpensive backup in a one-gap defense if he improves his ability to make plays laterally.
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