Our new massive series here at Downtown Rams will give you players that catch our eye. We will bring you bring you draft prospects, see where their fit is with the Rams and of course give you a player comparison.
Who is the 6-foot-4 , 324 pound NT Glen Antoine?
Glen Antoine is likely one of those guys NFL draft guru Mike Mayock is going to say “made money” after the combine concludes. Antoine is my favorite nose tackle in this draft. He shows the athleticism to be run stuffer and occasionally enough speed to rush the quarterback. He is explosive and strong which will lead him likely to start at NT for an NFL 3-4 run defense.
Excellent size for a nose tackle
High motor and high desire
Always keeps his feet moving
Can take on double teams and embraces his ability to do so
Clogs the gaps with his size
Physical run stuffing monster
Possesses multiple moves to shred through blockers
Can engage and disengage blockers fluidly
Uses his strong vice grip arms and hands to either rip ball-carriers down or even clothesline them
Very intelligent and willing to work harder than anyone in the classroom
Needs to use the multiple moves he possesses to shred through blockers
Relies too much on his raw stength at times
Needs to improve burst off the line of scrimmage
Lacks versatility and will be doomed if he fails at nose tackle
How does he fit with the Rams?
Well, now he is a perfect fit for the L.A. Rams. Wade Phillips in and Gregg Williams out, that means the Rams will need a nose tackle (unless they are playing Brockers there). Regardless, Brockers would be the only nose tackle on the roster. Glen Antoine could start at NT and in a defense like the one the Rams have he could instantly make an impact. Antoine is going to be a mid-to-late round pick, so the Rams wouldn’t need to reach on this guy. He already met with the Rams according to Russell Brown of Fansided. There is a start, but now the Rams will show us if they are truly interested in this NT from Idaho as the draft process moves along. If I was a fan of the Rams or a fan of Antoine, I would be confident in a coach like Wade Phillips getting him to produce in his defense at a high level.
4th round – 5th round
Although Minnesota Vikings’ Linval Joseph has yet to play in the nose tackle position exclusively he is pretty much a nose tackle. He has practically the same body structure as Glen Antoine. He might be a little faster than Antoine, but they both excel at stopping the run and use their strength to rip through blockers like paper. Joseph has had a great career thus far and he hasn’t exactly been in his natural position. The success of Joseph gives Antoine hope in a 4-3.