Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame #99

6052, 306, 5.32

Notes: From Shreveport, LA. Played on the defensive line in 12 games and credited with 12 tackles, 2 TFL and 1 sack in 2015. Was sent home from the 2016 Fiesta Bowl for “violation of team rules.” Played in 12 games, starting 11, posting 37 tackles and 3 TFL in 2016. Lost his cool, nudging an injured player in the head and stomping on the foot of another in the USC game in 2016, resulting in unsportsmanlike conduct penalty along with admonishment from his teammates and coaches. “I want to take full responsibility for my actions,” Tillery said in a statement posted to his Twitter account. “I am truly sorry. I acted in a way that was out of character for me. What I displayed in those two instances were completely unbecoming and not indicative of the kind of player or person I am. My actions in those instances do not represent what my family or Notre Dame has molded me to be. I want to especially apologize to Aca'Cedric, Zach, their families and anyone else affected by what I did. I assure you I will learn and grow from this moment and become a better man because of it.” Both Trojan players responded to acknowledge and accept the apology. He started all 13 games, with 56 tackles, 9 TFL, 3 sacks and 1 FF in 2017. Graduated in May 2018 with degree in economics. After playing mostly nose tackle his first three seasons, he will play more of a “three-technique” defensive tackle position as a senior.

Positives: Great length. Big, strong and quick for his size. Creates leverage advantages against shorter blockers. Virtually unblockable at times. Can anchor at the point when his technique is right and he doesn’t get too high. Has gap quickness and can penetrate and disrupt. Appears to have learned and grown from his journey as a college football player. Has become more a student of the game and taking practice reps more seriously.

Negatives: Plays too high and negates his size and strength at times. Disappears for stretches. Work ethic and dedication was marginal, especially earlier in his college career.

Summary: A prospect on the rise who could reach a higher level in the NFL if he continues to work hard and focus on improvement. Has the tools to be very good.

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