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DL Trevor Guyton: Scouting Report

Round 7: Pick 219

Trevor Guyton
College: California
Position: DE/DT
Height/Weight: 6’3/285 lbs.

Scouting Report

Eric Galko
Optimum Scouting

Report completed by Mark Dulgerian
Final Grade: 6.5/10

Guyton is a high motor player who has played all over the defensive line throughout his career at Cal. He is an above average athlete for the position and he shows very good play strength, playing much bigger than his size would indicate. Guyton has a thick lower half and a good bubble to generate excellent power on his initial surge. He fires off the snap low and consistently drives linemen backwards. He delivers a good initial pop and drives his legs and his man into the pocket but he must refine his hand technique as he doesn’t make as many plays as he should in the backfield. His hands aren’t always as active as they should be and offensive linemen, while losing the initial contact battle, can still keep him at bay by getting their hands into his chest pads. Guyton usually uses a swim or jerk move to disengage but could be quicker in both. His motor is always going and he does not quit on the play. Against the pass, he consistently jolts linemen and uses agility and quick feet to establish an angle to the quarterback if he’s unable to initially disengage from the lineman’s grip. He has enough agility to fluidly execute twists and shows good closing burst. As an edge rusher, he can come from a stand up position where he shows a solid first step and relies on his power to jolt the tackle but he lacks ideal body control to break down enough to tighten the edge causing him to overrun too many plays. This is also an issue in space in general, as he looks zeroed in full speed on the ball carrier until they sidestep him leading to missed tackles. Against the run, Guyton controls his gap and flashes disruptive ability but he has some issues with recognition. He doesn’t always locate the ball quickly and will allow ballcarriers right past him. He could also be quicker in reacting to the direction of the play. He shows some instincts in coverage but lacks the overall body control and fluidity to be effective in space. Guyton is probably limited to one gap as either a 3-4 5 technique or as a tackle or strong side end in a 4-3.


Dane Brugler

A two-year starter, Trevor Guyton was a four-star DL recruit out of HS, choosing California over Washington, Washington State and Oregon. He saw limited duty in 2008 as a true freshman (7 gp/0 st), recording 3 tkls. Guyton was again a reserve in 2009 as a sophomore (11 gp/0 st), finishing with 13 tkls, 4.0 tfl, 1.0 sack and 1 FF. He became a starter late in the 2010 season as a junior (11 gp/4 st), recording 28 tkls, 8.5 tfl and 4.5 sacks. Guyton had his best season in 2011 as a senior (13 gp/13 st), finishing with 46 tkls, 12.5 tfl, 5.5 sacks, 2 FF and 1 FR (returned for a TD), earning Second Team All-Pac 12 honors.

STRENGTHS: Guyton is a wide-bodied athlete with big hands (10¼”) and a powerful frame. He is quick-footed with some explosive qualities and natural bend to play low and anchor – good functional strength and snap anticipation. Guyton is a physical tackler and doesn’t give up on plays – high-effort lineman who will catch players from behind. He does a nice job keeping his eyes up and sniffing out the play – smart football player. Guyton is aggressive with experience handling multiple blockers – good hand placement. He has good football character with leadership characteristics and competitive drive. Guyton has versatile experience, lining up all over Cal’s hybrid three-man front – played both 3- and 5-technique spots and was productive.

WEAKNESSES: Guyton has short-area range and won’t make a lot of plays away from the LOS. He allows his pads to rise off the snap and needs to consistently use better leverage to win at the POA – needs to do a better job disengaging. Guyton can play out of control at times with poor gap integrity and streaky technique – bites on fakes and will play overaggressive, taking himself out of plays. He needs to finish tackles once he gets his hands on the ballcarrier. Guyton has limited experience with only 17 career starts – has some minor injuries that need evaluated. He doesn’t have a natural position at the next level.

OVERALL: Guyton was a back-up for most of his career, but was effective and productive when he found the field – plays with a nonstop motor, working through the whistle. He plays with inconsistent pad level and needs to stay low to be effective, struggling to disengage with his hands alone. Guyton has NFL-level tenacity and versatility with top quickness for his size, but is a small-area player who lacks any dominating qualities – versatile skill-set to fit in a lot of defensive fronts, but doesn’t stand out at any one position.


Josh Norris

Really stout frame, DE in four man front or three man. Overruns assignment, loses edge responsibility early in game from crashing down vs run. Always driving feet and gets lower pad level but keeps arms too low, needs to extend. Can get reckless when shoulders get over toes, lacks consistent balance. Best burst comes in two step get off but he is not afraid of contact or engaging. Even spent some time from two point stance, drops into short coverage. Drive through, wrap up tackler unloads on ball carrier. Quick hands on outside moves but does not have a real burst around the edge, his angle loops more and more. Does not get backfield vision often enough. Takes on blockers on the edge but forced to reposition hands and shed, too late by that point. Frequently fooled by misdirection, one track/angle player? Lowers head when expecting contact, occasionally whiffs. Where does he play? Lacks quickness to react and COD.



Guyton brings experiance all along the defensive line. Can play inside and out, even though I think he’s best suited for a 3-4 defensive end position. I think there were better options for us on a need stand point but Vikings took a flyer on Guyton.

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