The term “low rider” certainly applies to USC nose tackle Antwaun Woods for his stocky low center of gravity. After two years of spot duty, Woods made the most of his opportunities as a junior starting 10 games and collecting 37 tackles and one sack. As a senior in 2015, Woods compiled 41 tackles, seven for loss, and three sacks as he proved to be an immovable object in the middle of the Trojan’s defensive front.
Antwaun Woods | Defensive Tackle, USC
Height – 6’0″
Weight – 329 lbs.
Age – 23 yrs.
At First Glance
First Team All-PAC 12.
6th – 7th
Stout, compact defensive tackle with great size for the NFL.
Good motor with non-stop feet. Always hustling and playing hard.
Showed improvement as a run stopper as a senior.
Pursues hard down the line with surprising foot quickness.
A clogger in the middle who can fill running lanes with his wide frame and strong base.
Great character guy who is coachable and has enough potential to continue to improve in the NFL.
Squatty with short limbs and a thick mid section.
Plays upright and can lose his leverage advantage.
Needs to become more of a penetrator and consistently collapse the pocket better.
Wears down easily and doesn’t have range to chase plays outside of the box.
NFL Player Comparison:
A shorter less rangy version of Pat Sims of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Vikings Slant
Defensive tackle is not a draft need for the Minnesota Vikings as Shariff Floyd, Linval Joseph and Tom Johnson have all played at a high level under defensive line coach Andre Patterson. Patterson enters his third season as the Vikings defensive line coach and his returning unit looks poised to again be an area of strength along the front seven.
Staying healthy throughout an entire 16 game season is probably the biggest challenge in front of Patterson’s unit. Adding depth players and camp bodies to compete with Shamar Stephens, Ellis Kenrick and Isame Faciane might be addressed late in the draft or in free agency.
Woods is a likable burly big boy who has enough potential to develop into a solid contributor in certain run stoping situations in the NFL. Named USC’s defensive lineman of the year as a senior, Woods finished his career with 33 starts, eight sacks and 113 tackles.