Dion Bergan Jr. 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Consensus three-star recruit
- Three-sport athlete in high school (football, wrestling, track)
- Brother, Alex, plays football at Marist
- Scheme tendencies: 4-2-5
- 2022 projected role: Starting DT
Pros: Dion Bergan Jr. is a rock-solid force in the middle of the Demon Deacons’ run defense. His dense frame shows up at the point of attack—he holds his ground to reset the line of scrimmage. The combination of upper and lower-body strength aids his efforts to quickly disengage blocks. He has a good motor that continues to run as he is working through blocks. He has impressive core strength to handle solo blocks and maintain his balance when bumpers are engaged. As a shorter defensive tackle, he naturally owns leverage and the ability to get underneath the opponent’s pads. For a sub-300 pound DL, Bergan Jr. shows impressive reps handling two-gap responsibilities and duo blocks. When he plays with good anticipation and quickness at the snap, his power can overwhelm opponents.
Cons: Dion Bergan Jr.’s arm length does not provide much room on the interior. He does not stack OL the best, to say the least. I counted instances of lateness at the snap. He must anticipate snaps better to better optimize his reps. There are not enough flashes on passing downs to project Bergan Jr. having three-down value at the next level. Outside of power rushes, he does not have a wide array of moves to apply consistent and quick pressure.
Dion Bergan Jr. NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson