Dominant Miami DT Gerald Willis III

Miami DT Gerald Willis III Draft profile

The Eagles are a team that love to have depth on the D-line. Having multiple bodies to rotate in and out to get pressure on the quarterback is the key for Jim Schwartz. Its especially important considering the Eagles aren’t a heavy blitzing team and rely on the front four. Now last season Fletcher Cox was his normal dominant self but he needs help. Tim Jernigan missed most of the year. In addition, Haloti Ngata is a free agent. If the Eagles look to the draft Miami DT Gerald Willis III could be the answer.

Becoming a new man

Willis III has had a very up and down career. He started out committing to the University of Florida back in 2014. He turned in a solid season but after one season left the program. As a result of leaving due to transfer rules, he sat out the 2015 season. After turning in a great season with the Hurricanes in 2016 he consequently sat out 2017 to deal with some personal demons.

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In 2018 with the right mindset Willis III would return and become the player many know he can be.

Setting the tone for the turnover chain defense

In the first game of the season in Jerry World against LSU Willis III put on a show. While Miami would lose the Miami DT was simply unstoppable.

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The Louisana native finished with eight tackles four for a loss and a sack. This game set the tone for the season for the big man. The Miami DT started all 12 games and finished with 59 tackles four sacks and 18 tackles for loss which as a result, were the most by a Defensive tackle in the country. As a result, he would finish second-team All-ACC and named a Second-team All American.

Fit with the Eagles

At 6’4 300 pounds the Miami DT is a big man in the middle. However, when you watch him he is very disruptive for his size. He has a deadly swim move and in Miami’s defense he was asked to attack and he would have the same chance to do that in Philly.

This could be a match made in heaven for the Eagles. You have Cox and Jernigan but when one or both are off the field the Eagles struggled. As a result, having Willis come in on the second unit would allow the Eagles front to not miss a beat. Furthermore, with his size and ability if he remains consistent in his technique could be a very disruptive force in the NFL. He has drawn comparisons to Jurrell Casey and Malcom Brown of the Patriots.

Destined for greatness

Willis will be at the combine and will look to impress. In short with the draft steadily approaching Willis III will be a name to watch for.

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While he has had off-field concerns before Willis III seems set for greatness as we approach April’s draft.

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