Steelers 2013 Draft: Southern Illinois OLB Jayson DiManche – Small School Player Worth Closer Look

The 2013 NFL combine gets underway later on this week and Southern Illinois outside linebacker Jayson DiManche is one player that did not receive an invite.

Adam Caplan came across the Youtube video of the small school prospect, and while his technique is certainly tough judge based on the several camera angles, he is a kid that I feel needs more examination as possible late round selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially if they are unable to draft an outside linebacker early on in the draft.

The Salukis play a 3-4 defense and DiManche has experience playing on both sides as you will see in the video below. He appears to be a quick twitch athlete and good off of the edge with his speed rush. There is not much on him bull rushing, so I intend on trying to track down a few of games to get a better look at him. He does, however, look good playing the run, especially on the backside and he is also used to lining up and covering out in space as well.

According to DiManche measures in at 6012 and 230 pounds, which looks about right according to his highlight video. Further research reveals that he was a team captain in 2012 and was scheduled to graduate in December with a degree in communications and public relations and a minor in marking and journalism.

As far as his statistics go, DiManche recorded 8 solo sacks in 2012 to go along with 12 solo tackles for loss and 6 more assisted tackles for loss. That equates to a more than acceptable production ratio of 2.09, but keep in mind that this a small school player that we are talking about here.

In 2011 DiManche recorded just 2 solo sacks and 1 assisted sack to go along with 8 solo tackles for loss and 2 assisted tackles for loss. Why the lack of production? DiManche said that he battled a groin injury that season.

“I had a little groin injury my junior year and was never the same, DiManche told the Hamilton Post. “I wasn’t 100 percent, but I had to be on the field for the guys. I think if I hadn’t gotten injured would have been able to improve on my individual stats.”

The bottom video was just released on Monday and it shows DiManche training for his pro days, which are apparently set for March 5th at Northwestern University and March 28th at Southern Illinois. The video shows the linebacker doing 19 reps of 245 pounds on the bench, which should equate to him putting up 225 pounds around 25 times at his pro day. He also has a broad jump recorded in the video of 10\’10”, which is quite impressive.  At the end of the video he steps on the scale and it appears that he currently weighs about 234 pounds.

DiManche is certainly a small school outside linebacker prospect that is worth tracking over the course of the next several weeks.

  • RW

    Wow. Great find. I hope other teams’ GMs aren’t trolling around here.

  • HarryBackside

    230 lbs seems a bit small to play as a 34 OLB in the NFL

  • SteelersDepot

    I think it is pretty obvious that he would have to put a good 10-15 pounds on and get stronger. That is an understood. His frame can be filled more.

  • SteelersDepot

    James Harrison was 6’1″ 235 lbs when he arrived out of Kent State

  • LucasY59

    I don’t think the Steelers should use a draft pick on him, if he’s a UDFA then give him a chance to show something in camp.
    I think they already have a late round project OLB in Adrian Robinson, hope he improves and goes from one of the last players chosen to the 53 to a roster lock that at the least is a very solid ST player and someone they can trust to put in a few snaps/series a game (mostly on passing downs)

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Nice find, Dave. This is one of my favorite things about pre-draft time. People finding potential small school gems. For those who may say he’s too light, remember, Jarvis Jones is only 7 pounds heavier. Sometimes being shorter and lighter is an advantage. This guy obviously uses his quickness to get around blocks, not power. I don’t care how big an OLB may be he’s not going to beat a 320 pound tackle very often using power. And look at his quickness in coverage. Very explosive. I like him.

  • Clint Martin

    Hopefully he goes undrafted and we pick him up as a free agent.

  • steeltown

    I have a feeling A.Robinson WILL be backing up Worilds this season

  • Garrett Hunt

    Great find, would love to see what he could do in our defense. Will be interesting to track his progression wherever he goes.

    Has enough potential to me to merit a draft pick.

  • Garrett Hunt

    5:33 in the first video…. OUCH!

  • he is a way better athlete than Jarvis Jones, 5 lbs lighter. I don’t think his body is maxed out, either, like Simon.