Watch: Javon Hargrave Proving He’s Already One Of The NFL’s Best Nose Tackles

Hopefully Sunday night served as a coming out party for Pittsburgh Steelers’ nose tackle Javon Hargrave. Locally, we all know how good he’s been but there was virtually no buzz about him on the national stage. But he was sensational against the Detroit Lions.

In today’s video talking to the tape, we break down five of his best plays (and a bonus one I added at the end). That shows why he’s already close to stud status.

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Alex Kozora
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  • Taylor Williams

    He’s not getting enough snaps. He’s a guy who blows up the interior offensive line regularly. They gotta get this guy on the field more. Maybe take Dupree out on some plays, who’s only good as a speed rusher.

  • Pack

    Can you do a video on why our zone wasn’t effective against Stafford?

  • Taylor Williams

    Because Stafford is borderline elite. And it’s easy to sit in the pocket and pick apart prevent zone with no pressure.

  • Bastiat

    He’s definitely Big Snacking it!!!

  • Lambert58

    Great work Alex! Love these kinds of videos.

    Hargrave is a beast. (Swanson is still having nightmares.) I love his development in year 2. What a find at the end of the 3rd round! That 4th down play was so critical to winning the game. What a performance!

  • srdan

    All in due time. We are 6-2 without showing our cards.

  • blue

    J Wobble

  • Rotten Sircus

    i’ll take gravedigga over McCullers anyday. Praying that he stays healthy !!!

  • Gluebucket

    Man that goal line stop with him and Williams was something else. Vince Williams is a grown man and he went flying after that hit. Hargrave went nowhere.

  • David Shoff

    Alex, are the Steelers insisting that Hargrave stay at nt? I would try giving him snaps to spell tuitt and heyward at de. He’s too good to not be playing a LOT. I think he’s as good of a pass rusher as tuitt and heyward.

  • PaeperCup

    Good studious QBs will find those pockets. Zone is a very effective defense, but leaves small holes in specific areas of the field. I know I don’t have to explain that to anyone, but consider that Stafford, and already upper tier QB had the extra bye week to study our defense and find those holes, it’s not surprising how he was able to exploit the zone.

    The top top veteran QBs like Brady will find those holes with a week of prep.

    I’m going to make a prediction here, when the Steelers face the Patriots, they will bring a different look……geez I hope they do.

    I really don’t know what to say about rushing only 3 on a regular basis.

  • Alex Kozora

    Nah, don’t think it would work. Doesn’t have the length you need to take on OTs. Get him on guards/centers, for sure.

  • renoir

    Love this stuff as an average fan, the second play was so offensive holding…
    Third play was so poor on the guard’s part that it was kind of sad…

  • Aj Gentile

    Stafford has a very good arm and can beat cover 2

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    You can watch his college tape and see he is a special player. A similar reason I liked Carl Lawson so much is they don’t have to depend on one move to get home. They’re working with a full toolbox if you will.

  • Crowned

    It’s really sad we can’t be in the base 3-4 more often. Hargrave is so good out of the base.

  • Steeldog22

    I’d still like to see a front 4 of Heyward Tuitt Wobble and Deebo every now and then.

  • Love Hargrave!!! He needs more reps in pass rush situations.

  • Yep! I wanted the Steelers to draft him in round 2 because I thought he’d be gone for sure by our pick in the 3rd.

  • King Wodi

    Waiting for the Casey Hampton comparisons. This guy is special.

  • Alex K

    Those limited snaps might be part of his effectiveness.

  • rystorm06

    Last year’s draft is proving to be solid. The first 3 picks are solid starters and Matakevich is a great ST / depth player

  • MC

    I think he should be rotated in at DE when they go sub package. Gives him more time on the field and more rest for other guys. He seems to have the attributes to play DE. He might not have the length but he has quickness and power to penetrate.

  • MC

    I’ve seen him do that 95 percent of the time. Whenever he can’t get around the tackle he never converts speed to power and tries to push them back. Im telling ya, he is scared of contact with Tackles. I key on him all the time and it baffles me how he hasn’t been chewed out for his lack of rush moves and technique.

  • MC

    That’s when you need a thumper like VW!

  • Jason Vancil

    Word is he is also a hit with the ladies.

  • Charles Haines

    what the hell are you talking about? He doesn’t have “the length”? First of all, please refrain from using the word length, these guys aren’t boats and secondly are you implying Hargrave is too short to effectively rush the QB vs OT’s because on average they are 1 inch taller than a guard? Being shorter is an advantage from a physics standpoint. Ask James Harrison. Or Elvis Dumerville. Or the current sack leader in the NFL, 6’3″ DeMarcus Lawrence. Or the the guy second on that list, 6’3″Everson Griffen. 3rd place on the list is 6’2″, the same height as Mr. Hargrave.

  • SoCal Steeler

    I was wondering earlier last week what was going on with Hargrave. It seemed like he hadn’t done much lately but after the Lions game I thought, ok, there he is!
    Just may have been his best game ever so far in his career but I think we’ll see a lot more of those. Atta’ boy Javon!

  • jsteeler

    Alex, thanks for giving “the Grave Digger aka J wobble some attention.
    SC State Univ is appreciating you giving one of the “Bulldogs Alumni some Love.
    to answer your question: Hell Yeah Hargraves = #1 NT in the NFL.
    Am I a homer to pull for my own just because I went to SC State and Clemson?
    I think not.
    Thanks for your Article and gifs of Martavus Bryant why he is not on the field.
    Hopefully, Ben & the Steelers will need him to stretch the field or be a decoy in the second half.
    Ben said on his show that he (MB) should have a great second half.
    Ben should know, He is throwing the balls!
    Great read & visuals.

  • Dubb Betts

    Great work. I’m curious why Butler doesn’t use Hargrave in sub packages when Tuitt is out. Also didn’t he play some of Heyward positions when he got hurt last year? I just want more Jwobble. He’s a second year player and he’s close to demanding a double team . Put him out there on kick blocks Danny He’s gonna make big plays.

    Pretty Sure you and Jon give the most knowledgeable insight on the Steelers. No disrespect to Dave and Dave. I would love if you joined his podcast full time or just more often .

  • Dubb Betts

    He’s a disruption whenever he’s on the field. I thought it was a no brainer that no Tuitt would mean more Hargrave. Hargrave could play nt, de, or olb he’s a beast

  • colingrant

    He already has his coming out party. We’re in the “after party” phase now. VIP only!

  • Ehrren Lee Phyzeque

    This front 3 that we have now is Far and Away the best & most explosive front 3 we’ve ever had. They’re much better than Hampton Kiesel and Smith. If there’s any front 3 you want rushing it’s this one. This group will put tremendous pressure on Brady allowing 8 people to stay underneath and or bracket those New England receivers. And there’s only two of their receivers we need to worry about. In fact New England’s red zone offense right now is barely better than ours they’ve averaged about 20 points a game the last four games they played.