Jack Sawyer (EDGE) – Ohio State / Junior
6’4”, 265 Lbs. (Unofficial)
2023 Stats (as of 11/17/23): 10 Games, 14 Solo, 32 Total Tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 2 PD, 1 FF
Measurables: (Available post-combine/pro day)
RAS: (Available post-combine/pro day)
Games Watched: 2023 vs Penn State, 2022 vs Michigan, 2023 vs Notre Dame
Now the leader of Ohio State’s front seven, Jack Sawyer is an experienced college rusher. It’s obvious through his ability to dissect runs and find the ball that the game has slowed down for him. At 265 lbs, Sawyer is a heavier edge with the strength to fight through blocks on run plays. He has strong hands and uses them often, usually resorting to an efficient two hand punch. Sawyer uses double hand swipes on outside rushes and can counter with a spin move. Ohio State dropped Sawyer back occasionally where he has the football IQ to survive at the second level. Sawyer’s best trait is his intensity, where he gives his all every play. His motor is impressive.
Sawyer is a power rusher, but lacks the power to truly dominate tackles in the NFL. He’s clunky and doesn’t turn the edge well with limited bend. Sawyer’s pass rush plan revolves around his strength, so when tackles were able to counter that he struggled to win a second way. Penn State’s Olu Fashanu stonewalled him completely in their meeting. Even with his experience, Sawyer still hasn’t developed a full arsenal of moves. Even when he wins reps, Sawyer’s stiffness causes him to miss finishing plays on the outside. He rushes head on and can open up for counters easily. His first step is average.
Sawyer is a smart and experienced pass rusher whose traits fare better at the college level than the NFL. The professional jump will neutralize his strength to where he can no longer lean on it every down. His showing against Olu Fashanu may have been a preview of NFL pass rushing outcomes. Sawyer is mostly maxed out technically and physically, still lacking a true NFL way to win. Sawyer’s selling point is his physicality, consistency and experience to stick him onto an NFL roster. Sawyer projects as a rotational edge rusher with an early day three grade.
Completed by: Mr. Irrelevant (@Mr1rrelevant), 11/17/23
Reviewed and edited: J. Clark, 11/20/23