Will Houston DT Logan Corridor Transfer into First Spherical?
NFL Draft – Georgia’s defensive position has dominated this 12 months’s NFL draft protection, and rightfully so. Jordan Davis, Devonte Wyatt, and Travon Walker are all going to be first-round picks and are thought of the consensus prime three inside defensive linemen within the class, if we rely Walker as a pseudo-interior participant. Hell, some persons are already getting their top-10 slots for subsequent 12 months prepared in preparation for Jalen Carter. The Bulldogs’ three-headed monster of 2022 prospects should not the one stud defensive linemen donning pink jerseys on this 12 months’s class, although. Houston’s Logan Corridor, a 6-foot-6, 283-pounder with an angle, is each bit as deserving of first-round discuss because the trio of nationwide champions.
Corridor’s path to changing into the participant he’s at this time is a novel one. Popping out of highschool, Corridor was a three-star edge recruit who weighed 225 kilos. Corridor began to pack on weight with every passing 12 months, ultimately hitting the 260 vary by the point he took a beginning job as a junior in 2020. Corridor beefed up once more for his senior marketing campaign, up close to the 280-pound mark, and transitioned extra to being an inside participant and heavy strong-side finish reasonably than the sting rusher he got here to campus as.
What’s fascinating about Corridor is not only the transition itself, however how comfy he has already turn into as an inside participant. Inside work occurs extra rapidly, is extra violent, and is suffering from totally different stimuli than edge defenders are used to. It may be a tricky transition, however Corridor is already as nasty and attuned to the place as anybody else within the class. With just a few years of expertise, Corridor has been in a position to mix method and consciousness with explosive athleticism and an unrelenting ass-kicker’s mentality.
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Let’s begin with a few of the athletic traits that allow Corridor to be a playmaker up entrance.
Corridor is aligned simply exterior the proper guard (77) on this clip. Houston stunts their complete entrance reverse of Cincinnati’s offensive line stream, permitting Corridor to slide behind the guard. Whereas the stunt does a part of the work to free Corridor on this situation, he nonetheless wants the uncooked explosiveness to get out of his stance, aspect step, and hearth into the backfield with out getting hemmed up. Corridor does simply that, however what’s extra spectacular is how he immediately kicks into excessive gear and covers floor to convey down Desmond Ridder on the perimeter. Had Corridor not made such a ridiculous play in area, Ridder would have probably picked up 10 or so yards on that designed run.
Listed here are Corridor’s quickness and suppleness on show as soon as once more, this time towards a fellow draft prospect, Memphis Tigers proper guard Dylan Parham. To be clear, each gamers had their fair proportion of wins towards one another on this sport, however Corridor (92) takes this rep handily. Corridor’s potential to fireplace off the ball throughout Parham’s face and switch his shoulder immediately to melt the punch is one factor, however to lifeless cease and bend again round Parham in the direction of the ballcarrier to assist on the deal with is absurd flexibility and physique management for a giant man. Corridor took away the within hole along with his preliminary explosion, then squeezed the surface hole with that cease and switch. That’s how defensive lineman helps change the maths up entrance.
Corridor additionally usually performs with good method and comparatively spectacular pad degree for his dimension, each of that are made higher by his steadiness and heavy palms. Corridor has a approach of at all times coming to equilibrium and remaining within the combine, regardless of the place he will get engaged from or what sort of project he’s being requested to execute.
Corridor is up towards Parham once more. On this play, the proper deal with can also be working to Corridor in order that he and Parham can combo as much as the linebacker. Corridor simply doesn’t let that occur. Somewhat than fly off the ball into Parham, Corridor instantly seems to be to get below Parham, gaining the leverage and throwing a two-hand punch that halts Parham’s potential to climb in any respect. What’s fascinating is that Corridor additionally feels the proper deal with working to him and rapidly responds by turning his shoulders, permitting him to squeeze into the hole in addition to lowering the goal space with which the proper deal with can work. In flip, the deal with whiffs on Corridor and will get no motion, giving Corridor the chance to spin again round and meet the working again.
On this instance, Corridor is on the opposite aspect of the entrance and slides exterior the left guard proper on the snap. Corridor will get double-teamed once more, however this time on a counter idea whereby the double crew needs to completely clear him out of the best way, not simply combo off of him. Corridor acknowledges it immediately and takes to a knee, a standard technique for taking up double groups because it offers an anchor level towards the primary blocker and provides the second nothing to strike. That alone is a job effectively achieved by Corridor seeing as he created visitors for the pullers coming round, nevertheless it would not cease there. Corridor then showcases unbelievable steadiness and explosion to spring proper up off the bottom and pounce on the working again, virtually single-handedly shutting down this run.
As a run defender, Corridor shall be able to go immediately. He’s sensible, powerful, and greater than athletic sufficient to deal with any situation or project successfully. Corridor is usually a rock simply the identical as he is usually a playmaker.
With regards to dashing the passer, Corridor’s profile is a bit of murkier, although nonetheless fairly promising. The first concern is that Corridor’s pure peak points come up extra steadily in passing conditions. He tends to play increased and it could result in some points with permitting offensive linemen to get below him. It’s not a frequent situation per se, however these sorts of reps do present up on movie and will restrict Corridor early on.
That being mentioned, Corridor’s beforehand talked about steadiness tends to make up for his leverage points. Corridor, largely an influence rusher, can stay balanced and proceed trudging ahead regardless of initially dropping out on the pad degree battle. He has a uncommon potential to get well and by some means flip the momentum of the rep again on the offensive lineman to drive them into the quarterback. It’s uncommon for such a tall inside defensive linemen to have the ability to achieve this, however gamers comparable to Calais Campbell and Arik Armstead have discovered methods to make it work within the NFL, and Corridor exhibits shades of being that sort of participant.
Corridor is over Tulsa’s left guard (73) on this clip. The left guard takes an aggressive strategy to the rep, setting ahead at Corridor reasonably than backwards. It’s a good changeup for offensive linemen, particularly once they land the strike as cleanly as they intend to. The left guard will get a good strike on Corridor right here, nevertheless it simply doesn’t matter. Corridor eats the punch prefer it’s nothing and retains his legs churning to bulldoze straight over the guard. Numerous guys would find yourself on the filth themselves after that, however Corridor miraculously finds his footing (as per typical for him) and crushes the quarterback. NFL offensive linemen will certainly give Corridor extra of a combat than that, however he’s working with an incredible baseline of power and steadiness, and has already confirmed he can develop on the place and doubtlessly develop even craftier in these eventualities.
Corridor can also be simply relentless as a pass-rusher. Properly, Corridor is relentless in all that he does, nevertheless it serves him effectively when dashing the passer. For this rep, Corridor is aligned over the middle (which is one thing Houston solely tried a lot of on clear passing downs) and finally ends up looping across the left deal with (72). It’s a testomony to Corridor’s flexibility that he can run such a good nook and rapidly drop his pads to shoot into the deal with, however that alone doesn’t win him the rep. It is Corridor’s unrelenting, borderline-reckless hand-fighting and scrapping that ultimately free him to search out the quarterback, who did Corridor a little bit of a favor by drifting in the direction of his path. When paired along with his uncommon steadiness and energy, that sort of unrelenting mentality may enable Corridor to blossom right into a stress machine.
Corridor isn’t an ideal prospect by any means. For one, it is not exhausting to think about how his leverage points may turn into extra prevalent within the NFL. Professional linemen are higher, smarter, and stronger than their collegiate counterparts, and will very effectively have the ability to expose Corridor that approach, not less than early on. Moreover, Corridor is a bit mild for a defensive deal with, probably enjoying across the 275- to 280-pound vary earlier than bulking up a tad for the NFL mix. He’s undoubtedly an odd physique sort for the place, and typically that’s all it takes to restrict a participant on the professional degree.
Corridor has some particular traits that can let him break the mildew, although. It’s no simple activity to search out defensive linemen with Corridor’s steadiness, energy, and savvy, particularly in a participant nonetheless type of contemporary to the place. Groups searching for their very own Campbell or Armstead must be able to dash to the rostrum within the occasion that Corridor falls to them. Perhaps Corridor hears his title known as on the finish of the primary spherical, maybe on the prime of the second, however whoever sends within the card for him is getting a titan up entrance.