2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Idaho NT Glen Antoine

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Glen Antoine/NT Idaho – 6’1” 337 lbs.

The Good:

– Demands double teams
– Physical run defender
– Uses his hands well to set up bullrush or rip and go
– Very strong and powerful
– Motor never stops, refuses to give up
– Give him a gap to defend, nothing will go thru it

The Bad:

– Rarely gets near the quarterback with one career sack
– Doesn’t change directions well
– Might not beat Rich Eisen in a foot race
– Likes to throw blockers down, but that doesn’t always create an advantage for his team
– Give him multiple gaps to defend, he will defend one gap

Bio:

– Attended two junior colleges Navarro JC (Texas) and Highland CC (Kansas) before coming to Idaho in 2015
– Stats at Navarro Junior College: 32 total tackles with 2 of those for loss
– Two years at Idaho: 22 solo tackles, 18 assists, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 sack
– Tore his labrum at Highland Community College

Tape Breakdown:

The nose tackle gets a good push off the snap of the ball, dances with the blocker for a step or two, then throws him to the ground showing off his balance and power. He spots the ball fumbled behind and dives for it, only to have a receiver duck underneath him to secure the fumble for the Rams.

Antoine keeps low into the line of scrimmage, thrusting his arms out to keep the blocker off his body. This causes a pile to form, which gums up his entire side of the line including the runner. The result is a minimal gain with maximum pileup.

The rotund Vandal fires out low, quickly spins away from his blocker, locates the runner and follows him down the line of scrimmage through the trash. Antoine pounces on the running back with his full weight bringing the ball carrier to the ground violently.

The behemoth defender quickly attacks the A Gap low, reads that its run. Swims over the guard right into a double team with the tackle. He runs between them to hustle downfield to watch the tackle get made.

Antoine is a true nose guard who can realistically only handle one gap well. He fires out low and has a very powerful stout rotund body. This forces many teams to double team him so they can clear the defender out of the way. His motor is always running, but that comes at a cost because Antoine plays less than 65% of the defensive snaps in the games I reviewed. The defender is inefficient getting to the passer. Like an alligator, he moves quick enough in a straight line, but loses speed moving side to side. I’m not sure if he would ever be a starter in the NFL, but could certainly help the Steelers if they are looking for nose guard depth.

Projection: mid 5th round through the mid 7th range

Games Watched: at Washington, at Colorado State, vs. Georgia State, vs. South Alabama

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Charles HarrisAlvin KamaraTyus BowserDavid NjokuDeMarcus Walker
Chidobe AwuzieDeShone KizerMarlon MackCameron SuttonZach Cunningham
Corey DavisCarl LawsonPatrick MahomesKareem HuntEvan Engram
Derek RiversRyan AndersonJoshua DobbsJordan LeggettSamaje Perine
Corn ElderBucky HodgesJames ConnerCooper KuppStanley Williams
Fred RossJamaal WilliamsGeorge KittleEjuan PriceChris Wormley
Jeremy McNicholsJoe MathisDerek BarnettAmba Etta-TawoGareon Conley
Taco Charlton Elijah McGuireRyan SwitzerTanoh KpassagnonTre’Davious White
Brian HillMatthew DayesDonnel PumphreyJosh ReynoldsNazair Jones
De’Veon SmithDavis WebbObi MelifonwuTJ WattJohn Ross
Jerod EvansVince BiegelJosh CarrawayJosh MaloneKevin King
Fadol BrownChris GodwinNate GerryJordan WillisStacy Coley
Zay JonesJimmie Gilbert

  • pittsburghjoe

    I think I like this guy.. even with his limitations, if he draws a double team it frees the linebackers up to do their job. He may be worth a 5th round pick.

  • Spencer Krick

    I’d like to see a 3 tech who has a little more to offer as a pass rusher, but as far as pushing McCullers goes, I’m for it.

  • newguy68

    I like the summary. He is better suited for NG than McCuller and can push the gentle giant to be …. less gentle.

  • Steel City Slim

    Makes me wonder how the Steelers feel about McCullers? Because I think they can do better.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I’ve soured on him as well. I think we would have seen some glimpses of “it” by now if he had what it takes.

  • Spencer Krick

    It’s a contract year and I don’t think the Steelers are going to pay him.

  • Steel City Slim

    Good point.

  • Steel City Slim

    Yeah, pardon the pun but he’s been a BIG disappointment.

  • Steve

    Andrew – This guy is a true Nose Tackle, who fires out and fills the hole. Never seen Glen move backwards, but he does his job and does it well. Only problem is, the Steelers have two guys currently on the team that would be in front of Glen, namely Hargrave and Shade Tree (McCullers). Hargrave has a much faster motor than Glen, and will be in his second year in 2017. Glen could be a late round pickup. But for a team that only uses the NT position less than 50% of the time the Steelers could make use of this draft in a much more wiser way IMHO.

  • Steve

    We have one and his name is Javon Hargrave.

  • Steve

    LeBeau with the Titans will draft Glen in the 5th round and make him the next “Snack attack”.

  • Andrew Miley

    Dave assigns players and I write them up. Thanks for reading.