Many years ago I looked forward to your high unit plays
especially your pick of the month, I may not be following your plays
this year but I still read your stuff. Brother you're in rare form this
year especially as of late. I think it's time to tweak your system a
little, it's cosmically bad right now for you and getting worst by the
I'm not exactly killing the books right now myself with all the
injuries and upsets etc. but I'm lucky enough right now to still have my
head above water (still in profit in the NFL).
Keep your head up
brother and either restructure your system or I hate to say it but stay
with your system and fade your own picks because you're playing on a way
different level right now.
PS. If indeed you do decide to stay
with your system but instead just flip your picks at the end of your
write-ups will you let us know.
Strengths: Very good (upper and lower) body strength ... Reads and reacts very well to the ball ... Strong hand use and at times truly controls his opponents ... Gives a very nice second effort in pass rush ... A finisher with a consistent motor ... Dive tackles with very solid form ... Polished swim and rip moves ... Takes solid angles to the ball ... Outstanding, powerful bull rush ... Redirects running backs with his athleticis ... Solid agility ... Outstanding sack production in sophomore year (16).
Weaknesses: He's not short, but he does lack some length and height for a 4-3 defensive end ... Quick twich athleticism is somewhat inadequate and doesn't get much of a burst off the snap ... Could get better leverage in run support ... Athleticism will limit his double move in the NFL.
Summary: Middelton doesn't have all the tools you look for in an edge rusher (height, length, speed, athleticism), but he makes the most of what he's got and has room to grow being a young player. Had a pro body being a sophomore, and it's exciting to see what's to come. Not a fit in the 3-4 as an outside linebacker, but a great fit as a 4-3 left defensive end where he could take advantage of slower right tackles. Middleton would be a solid right defensive end as well.
Player Comparison: Dewayne White. White and Middelton are very similar prospects, considering they are shorter than ideal 4-3 ends, with decent athleticism, and very strong at the point of the attack. I think Middelton is a much better prospect than White was, and has more upside in the pros because he is a little more athletic and gives a better motor in pass rush.