|Salt Lake City (UT) Highland defensive tackle Bryan Mone|
(image via Scout)
Mone is a 6'4", 315 lb. defensive tackle who had 70 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks as a junior in 2012.
Rivals: 4-star DT, #12 DT, #172 overall
Scout: 4-star DT, #7 DT, #111 overall
247 Sports: 4-star SDE, 93 grade, #8 SDE, #114 overall
Mone was Michigan's first offer for the class of 2014. He maintained that Michigan was his leader almost all the way throughout the process, partly because rising sophomore fullback Sione Houma is an alumnus of Highland. Mone took an unofficial visit to Michigan for the Northwestern game this past season.
Mone played a lot of strongside end for Highland last season, but his size and skill set suggest that he'll end up somewhere on the interior in college, either at nose tackle or 3-tech defensive tackle. He has really grown in size from his sophomore season, when he was listed as a 255 lb. defensive end. He's legitimately up around 315 now, and the weight doesn't look sloppy. He shows good feet and an ability to stay low, which are both promising qualities for someone with his size. Perhaps the most impressive thing about him is his hands; he shows an array of moves, and he understands hand placement to keep offensive linemen out of his body. That's an important skill that kept someone like Quinton Washington off the field for his first few seasons at Michigan.
There aren't many weaknesses that show up on film. Mone might not ever be one of the top two or three guys at his position in this class because he's not quite as explosive as some other defensive tackles that get ranked that high (Eddie Vanderdoes, Montravius Adams, Andrew Brown, etc.), but he does look like a player who could be one of the top five or seven defensive tackles.
When I watch Mone's film, I see Johnathan Hankins, the Ohio State Buckeye who is projected as a potential first round pick in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. Mone isn't extremely fast or quick, but he understands leverage and he carries his weight well. There will be a step up in competition from the high schools of Utah to the Big Ten, and that may require an adjustment period. But with his size, athletic ability, and the technique he has already shown, I think Mone could be an early contributor for the Wolverines.
TTB Rating: Pending until I finalize the 2013 TTB Ratings, which will be soon but I'm busy