Brandon Dorlus (DT/DE) – Oregon / Senior
6’3”, 285 Lbs. (Unofficial)
2022 Stats: 13 Games, 19 Solo, 20 Assists, 30 Total, 9.5 TFL, 2.5 Sacks, 2 PD
Awards: First team PAC-12 (2021), Second team PAC-12 (2022)
Measurables: (Available post-combine/pro day)
RAS: (Available post-combine/pro day)
Games Watched: Stanford 2022, Colorado 2023, Washington 2022
Dorlus is a unique prospect that split his time as an interior and edge rusher in 2022 for the Ducks. He’s extremely slippery through gaps and contorts his body to maneuver around lineman. Dorlus is bendy for a DL with quick and twitchy moves. Rangy run defender on the inside especially against zone runs. Dorlus wins with inside moves and constantly active hands. He’s the leader for Oregon’s D-line. Puts together a nasty stutter move on the outside. Vs Stanford, 2023, 3rd QTR 11:37, line up as edge an completely contours his body to swim inside, keeps his stride and hits QB for a sack. He’s improved every year. Dorlus is a quick processor and snuffs out options and designed runs.
An older prospect with a later “breakout” season. Still labeled as a tweener and will have to figure out a true role come draft day. Especially in 2022, Dorlus clearly needed more mass to play DL, but struggled to consistently win on the outside. 2-gapping is a clear weakness, he’s still inconsistent as a run defender. Posted a sub-40 tacking grade in the last three seasons. Only recorded seven sacks in the past five years. His twitchyness can be countered as an edge rusher by nimble lineman.
Dorlus was a fringe day two prospect and decided to return to Oregon for a final year. My biggest question coming into the season was whether he could add mass/weight while still retaining his explosiveness. So far he’s done exactly that, looking bigger than ever while impacting both the run and pass game. He hasn’t fully shed the “tweener” label and is still splitting his snaps on the line. I project him more as an interior pass rush specialist, but he’ll thrive in a system that moves him to his advantages. Oregon’s upcoming schedule is challenging, facing four ranked teams in the next five games, which is the perfect test for whether Dorlus can survive as a true inside defender.
Completed by: Mr. Irrelevant (@Mr1rrelevant), 09/28/23
Reviewed and edited: J. Clark, 09/28/23