Joey Ivie, DL
School: Florida | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 301 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Late Rounds or UDFA
NFL Comparison: Xavier Cooper
Joey Ivie is an oft overlooked and underrated player. It’s understandable, he played on one of the most talented and deepest defensive lines in the country. With the likes of Caleb Brantley, Jordan Sherit, Jabari Zuniga, and Cece Jefferson, Ivie still was an important and effective defensive tackle in Florida’s defensive front. Ivie is at his best when used in a stunt.
Ivie is the type of rotational player you want to fill out your defense. He may never be an all pro but he can come on on 2nd and 3rd downs and cause problems for the QB and/or help stop the run. He’s a hard working player with a high motor that will work his way onto an NFL active roster.
- Worker bee and high effort player.
- Displays a good series of pass rush moves including a nice bull rush and club move, doesn’t stop if the first action fails.
- Shows good power and strength off the snap and is able to get inside leverage and get into the backfield.
- Playing the run he shows good vision and ability to disengage from his blocker and make a tackle.
- Doesn’t consistently display the quick twitch off the snap he would need to be a starter.
- Average athlete with decent chase speed, won’t be running Wentz, Wilson, or Rodgers down, though.
- Labored in his lateral and turn movements.
Let’s see his work:
2017 NFL draft prospect Joey Ivie (Florida #91) flattens FSU lineman Kareem Are https://t.co/cskPkALZ6N— Ryan McCrystal (@Ryan_McCrystal) March 1, 2016
Joey Ivie killing it in reps. Gets skinny and can burst out of it. None of the OL stopping the Florida DT. Looks like a 5T— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) January 17, 2017
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
Ivie may not be starter material but the Redskins desperately need an influx of talent and youth from starter to rotational player at the DL position. Ivie can come in and provide immediate talent and depth for the Redskins at both the NT and DE spot especially on obvious passing downs. I personally think he is better suited to play end in the Redskins base scheme but could see him as an effective inside rusher in a 4-3 or nickel look as well. As I mentioned earlier Ivie is the type of young player you want to fill out your defense not Cullen Jenkins (no disrespect intended). If the Redskins are going to address the whole at the DL position(s) they should not only be looking for starting level talent but quality rotational players as well. Ivie fits that bill.