Breeland Speaks had a growth spurt over the offseason and went from a 255-pound
inside linebacker to a 6' 3", 285-pound defensive lineman.
Last season Scout.com's No. 33 rated defensive tackle led Callaway's defense with
135 tackles. This season he moved down to defensive end on some sets and defensive
tackle in other formations. He has collected 67 tackles so far, including 41
solos, six and half sacks, 14 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and a blocked
It is easy to see why Speaks is one of the more coveted players inside the
Mississippi this year. His first step is explosive, and he uses his lower
body to shut up the gap to beat his man. What impresses us is how natural he
looks at both end and tackle. Reminds us of a Robert Nkemdiche, Lavon Hooks,
or a Fadol Brown. This is invaluable because he can play both end and tackle
which as we have seen this year you never know where the injuries will fall
in a given year.
His lower body explosion allows him to get off the ball quickly, but
if someone does get their hands on him, he is so quick off of his blocks. That
is where the battles are won in the SEC.
It looks like the Rebels are adding a sure-fire difference-maker in the trenches
for the next four to five years.