2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IDL Jarrod Hewitt

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Jarrod Hewitt was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for Virginia Tech and he enjoyed a productive career. When watching his tape, the effort he plays with on every snap immediately stands out. Everything he does on the field is done with urgency and at full speed. He attacks the neutral zone with aggression and is relentless in pursuit. This leads to some exciting reps where he chases plays down from distance or finds success shooting gaps and making plays behind the line of scrimmage. With that said, Hewitt is a limited player. He lacks mass, length, power, quickness, and the body type preferred for an NFL defensive tackle. He struggles to get off blocks and doesn’t have a powerful enough anchor to be consistent. Hewitt faces an uphill climb at the next level, where he doesn’t have a desirable skill set for a role on the interior or at defensive end. His best chance will come as a one-gap penetrator, but he has to get stronger and perfect his technique to survive in the trenches in the NFL. 

Ideal Role: Developmental 3-technique.

Scheme Fit: 4-3.

Written by: Joe Marino 

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Joe Marino

Founder and Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Founder and Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.

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