- AProjectionRound 2-3
- Hand10 ⅝
- Arm34 ¼
Strong Points: Excellent size, speed and overall athleticism. Two years as a full-time starter after playing in a rotation his first two years. Got stronger and more explosive in the offseason, and it showed in his play last season. Has very long arms, which help him as a pass rusher. Had 8.0 sacks in 2018 after recording only 4.5 in 2017. Quick off the ball and consistently disruptive in the run game. Gets off blocks quickly. Good pursuit player. Played with a higher level of intensity in 2018.
Weak Points: Has many interests outside of football, causing some to wonder if he has a strong passion for the game. Others question how mentally tough he is. Can get tall, causing him to lose leverage. Has some spurts in games when he doesn't get much done.
The Way We See It: Fourth-year senior and two-year starter at Notre Dame. He was a 5-star recruit out of high school who was recruited to play offensive tackle. Notre Dame had to promise it would play him at defensive tackle after LSU made the same promise. Earned significant playtime as a freshman and played in a rotation as a sophomore. Has improved every year and flashed dominating ability last season. Still, questions linger regarding his football character and passion for the game. Clubs wonder if he'll play a couple of years and then go on to something else. He is going to have to sell himself very well during interviews. He is best suited to play as a 5-tech in a 3-4 scheme but showed he could be a 3-tech this past year. Tillery will be an interesting guy to track this spring during the draft process. A lot of upside, but there also is a bust factor.