The Florida State Seminoles have had a lot of talented players on their defense in 2017 that helped them finish with a top 25 defense. A big part of that was the defensive line that allow their athletes to run free and while the Seminoles lost Josh Sweat and Derek Nnadi they do return their nose tackle Demarcus Christmas. Let’s get to know their monster defensive tackle.
Get to Know Demarcus Christmas
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Lining up as the nose tackle in the Seminoles defense, Christmas often was in the A gap looking to control the middle of the field. And at 6’4 308 Christmas used his size and power to control the point of attack to help clog up running lanes and allow the linebackers to run free. What separates Christmas from other space eaters is he shows the strength and enough quickness that he’s able to shed blocks and make plays on either side of him. As a pass rusher Christmas struggles and he lacks that lateral quickness or burst to get past defenders and has to rely solely on his strength bull rushing.
How Demarcus Christmas Fits into the New Defense
The good thing for Florida State fans is that Charles Kelly is gone and new head coach Willie Taggert has brought in Harlon Barnett who is bringing the quarters coverage defense that he’s been running as co-defensive coordinator at Michigan State the last several years. This means that the Seminoles will have their defense playing a more attacking style out of their defensive line and that could stand to benefit Christmas. He’s not know for his burst of quickness, but if he’s playing one gap and trying to get upfield, his power could be tough to stop.
NFL Outlook for Demarcus Christmas
While Christmas lacks the traits to be a highly regarded prospect that will be taken in the first couple of rounds, but he does offer a skill set that will be desirable for NFL teams. Christmas at his best is a good run defender and if you want to be a successful defense you have to stop the run. His ability to take on blocks and shed to make plays is something that every defensive tackle doesn’t have. Christmas projects as a nose tackle than can play in any front lining up on the center or shading the inside. He has shown the ability to play two gaps and if he does well in the new system he’ll have experience in an attacking one gap. While he’s not an elite prospect, his ability to have do a job in an elite way and do it in about every defense will make him very attractive.