I still haven't watched Settle so right now, I just know what people have said about him without any of my own bent. Settle seems in reputation the Ryan Anderson of the draft in a way. That is, he seems be really liked or disliked depending on the audience. With Anderson he had his critics saying the dude simply doesn't have the athletcism, arm length and speed to become an established pass rusher in the NFL -- the motor/attitude can get you through college but when you play with the really good athletes you likely will struggle. Then those that liked Ryan talked about the motor, the attitude, the smarts, how he can set the edge.
I noticed one of the critics of Anderson -- Jon Ledyard (same guy who loves Guice over Barkley) isn't a big Settle guy. Brugler who I like and I know some others do as well, isn't really in love with Settle, I recall them from an interview.
I'll get around to watching some Settle. Just saying its hard to miss that Settle is the guy this year that reminds me some of the rap around Anderson where some really dug the guy and some really didn't. On Settle the wrap from the critics seems to be poor balance. I noticed the PFF guys actually like Settle but at the same time they don't think he's a natural nose in spite of his size, they think he plays more like a 5 technique. So in their eyes, he'd play the spot that McGee plays now.
21. Tim Settle, Virginia Tech – Late Day 3
Settle was getting first round hype before the Combine, but never from this analyst. I am at a loss as to what people see in Settle’s tape, as most of his top plays come as a result of his opponent’s failures rather than anything he does to free himself up. Settle’s balance and technique are terrible, and he’s on the ground twice as often as he makes a play. I’ll admit he moved a little better on tape than he did at the Combine, where he could barely get through drills without falling down, but Settle’s testing doesn’t leave much room for a high upside projection.
Ideal Scheme Fit: Settle is 330 and has had issues controlling his weight in the past. Ideally I’d have him cut weight and develop him for an attacking, upfield role, because his first step is his best asset.
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Ryan Anderson 7.73 3-cone at 6-2, 253 pounds. Weight-adjusted folks, that's gotta be one of the worst results in memory, right?
15. TIM SETTLE | Virginia Tech 6026 | 329 lbs. | rSO. Manassas, Va. (Stonewall Jackson) 7/11/1997 (age 20.8) #4
BACKGROUND: A four-star defensive tackle recruit out of high school, Tim Settle Jr. earned First Team all-metro honors his junior and senior seasons at Stonewall Jackson (just outside Washington D.C.), recording 72 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and three sacks in 2014. He was considered a top-10 recruit in the state of Virginia and all the usual suspects (Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, etc.) offered him a scholarship. Settle narrowed his finalists down to Virginia Tech, Louisville and USC, deciding to stay in-state and sign with the Hokies. After redshirting in 2015, he saw action in every game in 2016 as a reserve on the defensive line, recording 17 tackles and 7.0 tackles for loss. Settle became a sophomore starter and started every game in 2017, finishing with 36 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks to earn Second Team All-ACC honors. He chose to forego his final season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
STRENGTHS: Carries a lot of weight with an impressive blend of athleticism and body mass...explodes out of his stance with agile feet for his size...reactive quickness and lateral range to pursue the football outside the tackle box...excellent effort for the position and wants to fill up the stat sheet...raw strength to work through the numbers of blockers...gap splitter with fierce swipe/punch to generate force...sniffs out screens and his play recognition appeared to improve throughout the season...regular on both sides of the line of scrimmage with 36.8% of his career tackles coming in the opponent’s backfield...was in the “best shape of his life” in 2017, according to Virginia Tech defensive line coach Charley Wiles – worked hard in the weight room and with his diet.
WEAKNESSES: Weight needs monitored to keep from ballooning out of control...plays tall and top-heavy...anchor strength comes and goes, especially when he fails to drop his hips at contact...too often ends up where the blocker wants...unreliable gap discipline...relies on his effort over instincts or technique...active, but wild limbs and finds himself off balance...pass rush lacks thought or purpose...fatigues and play falls off later in games...still learning blocking schemes...didn’t take academics seriously and was close to being a non-qualifier out of high school...only one season as a starter and lacks ideal experience at the college level.
SUMMARY: A one-year starter at Virginia Tech, Settle settled in as the nose tackle over the A-gap in the Hokies’ gap slanting defensive front. He doesn’t have an extensive resume, but when evaluating Virginia Tech prospects, it was impossible not to notice his burst and strength, creating splash plays that put him on the NFL radar. A massive player, Settle is a bulldozer on the loose with his light feet and natural momentum to power through congestion. He weighed 360+ pounds during his redshirt season and worked hard to stay around 330-pounds in 2017, but his weight management will be an important variable for his NFL future. Overall, Settle isn’t yet the sum of his parts and needs time to evolve from a traits prospect into a more consistent football player.