Jerry Tillery- 3-Tech ND

6-6, 296, (O) 4.93, 

23 Reps, 34 1/4"Arms, 

9'7" Broad, 32" Vert,

7.45 3-Cone, 4.33 SS,

The Best 3-Tech In The Draft, But ... 

By TOM

Tillery was the best 3-Tech in the 1st half of the season, and unblockable is a word that comes to mind. Then he got hurt. He was a pure power burst right up the middle into the QB's space. He is not just explosive at 3-Tech, he is also huge. When he smashing his way through the 3-Gap the QB can't see over him. At 6-6 with 34 1/2" arms, when he wins instantly the QB cannot throw. He affected the QB more than nay other player in this Draft when he played, and that is really saying something this year. 

Tillery was a great 3-Tech last year. He was the best 3-Tech in the FBS in the first half of the season. He will line up standing up, and has great speed winding around the ORG. Better looking athlete than I thought. Amazing how he splits the double rushing the QB, and forces him to throw too early. He got more pressures on QBs per snap than other DL in this Draft, and that is saying something. 

He tore his labrum in his shoulder, which is rather important for a DL. "Football's given me a different outlook on life, a new outlook, and that would have been much smaller without football," Jerry Tillery said. "Growing up in northwest Louisiana, I never really got out much. We didn't take vacations far, far away. I spent a weekend in Singapore last summer. That was so beyond the realm of possibility when I was growing up. But playing great football in high school, getting a chance to come to Notre Dame and play great football here, set up all of those opportunities." He has that knack for hitting the quarterback, and would have put up numbers like Quinnen Williams if he was healthy. 

He will zone drop on blitzes sometimes. Great burst outside on stunt. Great use of hands to slap his way past the OG. He played more outside in the playoff, and not just at NT. He can grab a couple of OLs, and let his LBs flow to the RB on big downs. He will line up on the Nose on short and goal line. 

He can really control the OL in front of him. He looks like a great 5-Tech as well to me. He will line up outside the ORT, and can slap his arms down and hit the QB. Nice swim over ORG in run defense. Nice upfield burst off a stunt to sack the QB. When he sees the QB in the backfield, he gets to him. Elite burst off the snap. 

Great penetrator against the run. He forced teams to run to the left. He can knock the ORG onto this butt, and grab the RB. He just destroyed the FLA ST ORG. Very tough to run outside on his side. He stacks and sheds and get into he backfield whenever they run to his side. He is so good at forcing a team to run left handed. Injures are a concern for him.

He is a trouble in the rush. He can put speed to power, and knock the ORG back, and then slip inside for the great Sack. Powerful and heavy hands to jolt and toss aside the ORG sometimes at will. 

He didn't run at the ND Proday. "I feel like I did pretty good," Tillery said. "I didn’t get the best numbers that I usually get, but I got around it. I came out and got to show my skill set. I didn’t do as good as I thought I could do or would do, but at the same time, I thought I did a pretty good job." The results were mixed.

Great job shooting the gap when they line him up at 3-Tech. They need to let him go more. Great shoulder slap to burst to get to the QB in a flash. He is the guy Stanford doubled all day. When Costello stepped up into the pocket he was there to cause the bad pass. He absolute destroyed Costello in the 3rd, and the ball went into Tranquil's hands and he dropped it. 

He so good stacking and shedding at the point in the run D. "The Tillery kid is 6-foot-7, 305 pounds. He's a monster," Pitt HC Narduzzi said. "They should probably name a new cartoon after that guy. You've got Superman? They've got Tilleryman. That guy? He's a beast." He is the first line of run defense for ND. 

He is so good at pushing the OG back with his long arms extended, and then pulling himself past his inside shoulder to the QB. "I don't want to just make it to the NFL, I want to be the best at it," Tillery said. "This is obviously a good defensive line class. I don't want to be just among them. I want to be the best one out there, the best one in this league. I want to make a Pro Bowl, I want to win a Super Bowl, I want to wear the gold jacket some day. I want to be great." If he stays healthy he will be one of the best. 

He is a very smart guy. "His impact as a leader in our football program has probably elevated itself," Brian Kelly said. "Because his worth ethic is so much better than it's ever been." Both on and off the field he excelled at Notre Dame. 

Once of the top character guys in the Draft. "I studied institutionalized racism in South Africa, the main figure being Nelson Mandela," Tillery said. "I probably told them more than they wanted to know." He is a very smart man. 

He was recruited to Notre Dame as an OLT. "It was like, tears, you know? I don't like to admit as a man that I cry, but that was a tough one, for sure," ND WR coach Denbrock said about loosing Tillery to the Defense. "Obviously we're all in it to do what's best for our football team. But he obviously would've been (great on offense). If he's doing the amazing things he's doing on defense, you can imagine what he'd be as a left tackle?" He is a true freak athlete.

SENIOR SEASON (2018)Maxwell Award finalist named Midseason All-America by Sporting News (1st team), The Athletic (1st team), Sports Illustrated (1st team) & AP (2nd team). Named to the Pro Football Focus College Team of the Week after two sacks and a forced fumble in win over No. 14 Michigan. After four sacks, forced a fumble and added two QB hurries in win over No. 7 Stanford, named Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week, Bronco Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and Reese’s Senior Bowl Senior of the Week. Team-best eight sacks and three forced fumbles with 30 total tackles (10.5 for loss) and five QB hurries

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Combine: He played last season injured. He was the best DL in the first half of the season. He is a very smart guy who takes his future seriously. He has a subscription to the Economist magazine and the New Yorker. He was one of the best movers at Combine.

Unbelievable how he moves on the field. Amazing mover over the bags laterally. That was the guy I saw in the first half of the season. A little high. Great explosive hips. He got as low as anyone in Hip drill. He is a phenomenal freak football athlete. Great hop back. Guys his size and height should not look like that. He can really burst forward, read, and hop back outside.

JUNIOR SEASON (2017): Saw action in and started all 13 games. Helped a Notre Dame defense that improved by at least 20 spots in the FBS rankings in third down conversion percentage, interceptions, rushing defense, scoring defense, passing efficiency defense, sacks, tackles for loss and turnovers gained. Irish were the last team in the FBS to surrender more than 20 points in a game (Irish allowed 20 points or less over each of their first eight games). Notre Dame allowed only four plays of 40 yards or longer in 2017—the second-fewest of any team in the FBS. The Irish allowed only one play of 50 yards or longer in 2017—the second-fewest of any team in the FBS. Registered 56 tackles, 25 solo stops, 9.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. Led the team in quarterback hurries and sacks. Third on the team, and tops among defensive lineman, with 9.0 TFLs. Sixth on the team and tops among all defensive linemen in tackles. Registered a season-high seven tackles, including four solo stops, and one sack at Boston College (Sept. 16). Recorded five tackles and two quarterback hurries against Georgia (Sept. 9). Collected three tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry against Miami, Ohio (Sept. 30). Registered five tackles, one for loss, and two quarterback hurries at North Carolina (Oct. 7). Recorded six tackles, all solo stops, a career-best three tackles for loss, one sack and two quarterback hurries at Stanford (Nov. 25). Registered four tackles, half a sack and one quarterback hurry against LSU (Jan. 1).

Tillery Vs Stanford:

He had his best game against Stanford. It was like Quinnen Williams game against LSU.  He looked to me like the best player in the Draft in this game. Then he hurt his shoulder and the Sacks remained at arms length. You can see right off the snap that he is half a step ahead of everyone else (:01). He split the double, and then watch the quickness and agility to spin back and snag the RB. Guys his size just can't do that. That is crazy COD and quicks. 

He consistently got doubled, and split the double consistently when he was healthy (:07). They lined up three OLs on his side. Watch the great explosion outside, and around what was normally the ORG and ORT, and chased Love downfield (:23). Triple teamed. Or he popped the two OLs doubling him back so fast that they hit the ORT pulling inside. Oh, and he got to Love anyway (:31). They moved him to the other side as a 5-Tech sometimes (:48). He took on more blockers than anyone else in this game. Teams schemed more blockers against Tillery and Williams than anyone else in this Draft. 

When he uses his hands and feet together in balance he is the best. Watch the great burst and quick feet that get him to the OG before he is ready. Than he shoulder clubs past him. Watch how fast he gets to the QB and destroys him (1:20). Watch this Elite Shoulder Club that knocked the ORG off balance and out of the way (1:27). Then he went and hurt the QB. 

He popped the ORT to the ground (1:34). He played all over the D-line. Watch the nice arm Swipe into the Rip (1:43). He moved laterally down the line and was blocked by three OLs (1:54). Speed to power to pop the ORG back, and he had to Hold Tillery (2:01). He got cut blocked inside as Stanford ran a toss (2:10). This is what makes him special. Watch him get up and capture Love outside. He was the one who brought Love down (tee hee). 

Back at DT on the Goal line. They doubled him on the backside (2:19). Watch the power to pop the ORG back again, and get a hand up in the QBs face (2:28). He has the best hands of all the DTs. Watch him grab the OLG and pulled himself past him (2:47). A half second more and he would have gotten to the QB. 

He ripped his way around the OLT, and he almost got to Love in the middle. His agility is astounding (2:54). He has that elite burst before everyone else on the D-line (3:03). His punch to Rip, is as good as it gets. It's like Quinnen's Swim. Look how fast he beat the OL (3:11). He played the 3-Tech in even fronts and 5-Tech in odd fronts (3:19). He got blocked by three guys in the stunt. 

He will play DT on both sides as well. Watch the elite blast off again. Then the triple team by three OLs. That is the most respect their O-line gave any DL they faced (3:27). Back at 3-Tech. Watch the explosive power to put the ORG on skates. The QB has to take off. He had the hands, quicks and COD to turn instantly back and grab the ball (3:36). Watch him beat up the ORG like he was a couple weight classes below him (3:50). Is there anything better than when the DL tackles the QB by the ball. 

Stack and shed to close down the lane (3:55). Outside at D-end, and he tried to turn the corner on the ORT (4:27). He got caught on the OG, but almost powered to Love (4:35). He jammed the ORG back to his outside shoulder. Then watch the explosion when the QB took off (5:04). He shoved off the ORG, and slammed the QB's throwing arm. 

I love how he always played at arm length. Then the lateral burst on the stunt (5:12). Watch him absorb the initial burst of the OL. Then he pushed him off and redirected to the QB (5:31). He took the outside shoulder of the OLG. Watch the speed to power to toss the OLG aside when the QB stepped forward (5:38). Then he burst back and got the QB For his 2nd Sack. 

He put speed to power on the OLT on the stunt. He was blocking for the D-end. When the OLG stopped to pick up the DE. Tillery had the OLT on skates, and just had to break inside to Sack the QB. That was as great a stunt as you will ever see (6:11). He was blocking for the DE, and was so explosive that he opened a giant hole to the QB for his third Sack. Plus, he punched the ball out just for fun. He has that knack for punching the ball out of the QBs hands. 

Oh wait. Do you want to see some explosion. Five... Four... Three Two... One... blast off. Watch the great speed to power, with his arms full extended. Then he pulls himself past the OL for his forty Sack (6:20). Just watch his great hands. He pushed the OLG up, and then pulls his way past him (6:28). He was the best defender in the FBS in the first half of the season. His ability to stay healthy is his only question. 

Tillery Vs Stanford:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_MHQHrNJUU

Tillery's Official Bio:

HONORS AND AWARDS: Bednarik Award Watch List (2018). Outland Trophy Watch List (2018). Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List (2018). Moose Krause Lineman of the Year (2017). Notre Dame Defensive Newcomer of the Year (2015). 

SENIOR SEASON (2018): Maxwell Award finalist named Midseason All-America by Sporting News (1st team), The Athletic (1st team), Sports Illustrated (1st team) & AP (2nd team). Named to the Pro Football Focus College Team of the Week after two sacks and a forced fumble in win over No. 14 Michigan. After four sacks, forced a fumble and added two QB hurries in win over No. 7 Stanford, named Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week, Bronco Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and Reese’s Senior Bowl Senior of the Week. Team-best eight sacks and three forced fumbles with 30 total tackles (10.5 for loss) and five QB hurries. 

JUNIOR SEASON (2017): Saw action in and started all 13 games. Helped a Notre Dame defense that improved by at least 20 spots in the FBS rankings in third down conversion percentage, interceptions, rushing defense, scoring defense, passing efficiency defense, sacks, tackles for loss and turnovers gained. Irish were the last team in the FBS to surrender more than 20 points in a game (Irish allowed 20 points or less over each of their first eight games). Notre Dame allowed only four plays of 40 yards or longer in 2017—the second-fewest of any team in the FBS
The Irish allowed only one play of 50 yards or longer in 2017—the second-fewest of any team in the FBS. Registered 56 tackles, 25 solo stops, 9.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. Led the team in quarterback hurries and sacks. Third on the team, and tops among defensive lineman, with 9.0 TFLs. Sixth on the team and tops among all defensive linemen in tackles. Registered a season-high seven tackles, including four solo stops, and one sack at Boston College (Sept. 16). Recorded five tackles and two quarterback hurries against Georgia (Sept. 9). Collected three tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry against Miami, Ohio (Sept. 30). Registered five tackles, one for loss, and two quarterback hurries at North Carolina (Oct. 7). Recorded six tackles, all solo stops, a career-best three tackles for loss, one sack and two quarterback hurries at Stanford (Nov. 25). Registered four tackles, half a sack and one quarterback hurry against LSU (Jan. 1).

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2016): Played on the defensive line in all 12 games and started 11
Did not start at USC (Nov. 26). Recorded 37 tackles, including 17 solo stops. Added five quarterback hurries and 3.0 TFLs. Third among all defensive linemen in tackles with 37. Made a season-high nine tackles, including five solo stops, and one TFL at NC State (Oct. 8). Registered five tackles, including four solo stops, and two TFLs against Michigan State (Sept. 17). Recorded at least one tackle in all but two games. 

FRESHMAN SEASON (2015): Played on the defensive line in all 12 regular-season games and started three contests (Georgia Tech, Navy and Stanford). Did not play in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State (Jan. 1). Sixth among all defensive linemen in tackles with 12. Added two TFLs and one sack. Recorded a sack against Texas (Sept. 5) in his collegiate debut. Made a season-high four tackles, all solo stops, with a TFL at Clemson (Oct. 3). Collected three tackles against Georgia Tech (Sept. 19), two against Boston College (Nov. 28), and one each against Texas, Navy (Oct. 10) and at Stanford (Nov. 28).

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