2017 NFL Draft

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Jason Trusnik

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 249 | College: Ohio Northern
 
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Overview

One of the most dominating pass rushers in the history of NCAA Division III football, Trusnik closed out his career ranking sixth nationally with 37.5 sacks and 74.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Both of those figures set school all-time records and rank second in the annals of the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Trusnik was a standout defensive end at Nordonia High School, where he played alongside his brother, Lenny, a linebacker who was also his teammate at Ohio Northern. He was the team's quarterback until his junior year and also lettered in wrestling, winning the state championship as a senior.

Trusnik decided to attend a local college, enrolling at Ohio Northern in 2002, where he started three of nine games at defensive end. He finished his rookie season with 27 tackles (12 solos), five sacks and 10 stops for losses.

As a sophomore, Trusnik took over strong-side defensive end chores, starting all 10 games. He produced 62 tackles (21 solos) with 3.5 sacks and made 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also recovered a fumble and deflected three passes.

Trusnik earned All-American, All-Ohio Athletic Conference and All-Region first-team honors in 2004. He led the nation with 18 sacks and set a school single-season record with 31 stops for losses. Starting all 10 games, he also led the team with 101 tackles (50 solos), as he caused three fumbles, recovered four others, blocked a kick and deflected a pass.

Trusnik was off to an equally impressive start during 2005, registering 27 tackles (15 solos) with 5.5 sacks and 13.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. But in the team's third game against Muskingum, he suffered a broken bone in his right foot, missing the rest of the season.

He returned with a vengeance in 2006, once again earning All-American and All-OAC first-team honors. He led the team in tackles in each of its 10 games, posting 60 hits (30 solos) with 11 sacks and 19.5 stops for losses. He caused one fumble, deflected three passes and blocked a kick. He also recovered two fumbles.

In 42 games at Ohio Northern, Trusnik started 36 contests. He recorded 277 tackles (128 solos) and set school career records with 43 sacks for minus-305 yards and 85 stops for losses of 413 yards. He caused four fumbles and recovered seven others. He deflected seven passes and also blocked a pair of kicks.

Analysis

Positives: Has a tall, lanky frame with good lower body thickness, especially in his thighs, but his frame might be at maximum growth potential … Good at executing stunts and plays both end positions, showing enough quickness to have a valid shot at converting to an outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment … Has an explosive initial burst and gets excellent leverage off the snap thanks to his quickness … Holds the point firmly in run defense and knows how to get his outside arm free to neutralize the double-team coverage … Can flatten and get down the line with ease … Relentless in his pursuit and is a highly instinctive player with a good grasp of the defensive schemes … Hard worker in the training room, adding more than 40 pounds of bulk since his freshman season … Comes off the snap at a good pad level and gets across the blocker's face, using his hand strength to defeat blocks … Maintains balance in pursuit and has the ball recognition skills to chase down backs from behind … Uses a classic arm-over move in his pass rush technique and shows superb body lean to pressure the quarterback … Uses his hands with forceful authority and consistently finishes plays … Takes good angles closing and it is rare to see him get reckless in his play … Very effective on stunts and has the hand placement to toss aside offensive linemen at the level he played in (might not have that success in the pros, though) … Does a good job of breaking down in space.

Negatives: Lacks ideal lateral agility, as most of his plays are made in front of him … Lacks upper body development, and while he dominated at his level of play as a pass rusher he will need to play at a lower pad level in the pros to prevent blockers from getting into his chest and washing him out of the play … While he's an instinctive player, he sometimes has problems with his reads and locating the ball working through trash … More of a finesse-type rather than an all-out aggressor, as he lacks the mass and leg strength to take on an offensive lineman at the next level … Does not have the lower body bulk or leg drive to stay low in his tackles … When he gets upright coming off the snap, it allows the blockers to get a piece of his jersey to knock him off stride.

Compares To: KAMERION WIMBLEY-Cleveland … Unless utilized as a situational pass rusher in a 3-4 alignment, Trusnik has probably seen the last of his playing time on the defensive line. He lacks ideal bulk and lower body strength to play with his hand down and any attempts to add more weight will impact his quickness. He will have to adjust to playing linebacker, but has minimal experience dropping back in man coverage. He is certainly worth a look on the draft's second day, but will need time to mature physically and adjust to playing a new position at the next level.

Career Notes

Ranks fourth in NCAA Division II history with 85 stops behind the line of scrimmage, topped only by Steven Wilson of King's (106.5, 2000-02), Brandon Tisdale of Wilmington (89.5, 2001-04) and Kevin Culbert of Frostburg State (87.5, 2002-05) … His 85 stops for losses broke the old school record of 46 by Scott Sweat (1997-2000) … His 43 sacks rank second in Division II history, surpassed only by Wilson (49) … Trusnik's 43 sacks broke the old Ohio Athletic Conference career record book of 42.5 by Tisdale … His 43 sacks topped the previous Polar Bears all-time record of 29 by Mark Evans (1994-97) … His 277 tackles rank sixth in school annals … His 18 sacks in 2004 set school and conference single-season records and ranks tied for fifth on the NCAA Division III single-season record list … Trusnik's 31 tackles for losses in 2004 also set Ohio Northern and OAC single-season records and rank tied for eighth on the Division III annual record book.

2006 Season

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and the American Football Coaches Association … Added All-Ohio Athletic Conference and All-Region first-team honors … Named OAC Defensive Player of the Year … Started all ten games at strong-side defensive end, leading the team in tackles in each game, as he registered 89 tackles (44 solos) with 5.5 sacks for minus 33 yards and nine stops for losses of 44 yards … Had two interceptions for 89 yards in returns with a touchdown … Deflected a pass, recovered two fumbles and blocked one kick.

2006 Game Analysis

Millikin … Returned to the gridiron with five tackles (4 solos), a pass deflection and 3.5 stops for losses of 14 yards, including a 6-yard sack of QB Joe Albin.

Muskingum … Posted seven tackles (3 solos) with 2.5 stops for losses of 13 yards, including 1.5 sacks of QB Andre Nash for minus 10 yards.

John Carroll … Added another seven tackles (5 solos) with 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including two sacks of QB Mark Petruziello for minus 12 yards, as Trusnik recovered a fumble and blocked a first quarter PAT that was recovered by Ohio Northern for a defensive score.

Otterbein … Delivered nine tackles (6 solos) with a pass deflection, 4.5 stops for losses and three sacks of QB Paul Stelzer for minus 23 yards.

Baldwin-Wallace … Made a single-season high fourteen tackles (6 solos) with 2.5 stops for losses, including two sacks of QB Anthony Gardner for minus 17 yards.

Heidelberg … Followed with eight tackles (2 solos), as he assisted in sacking QB Bryan Prorok for a 2-yard loss.

Wilmington … Closed out his career with six tackles (3 solos), as he sacked QB Billy Blackburn for an 8-yard loss, causing a fumble on the play that Trusnik recovered.

2005 Season

Was having a banner season until breaking a bone in his foot during the Polar Bears' third game vs. Muskingum, missing the rest of the season … Was granted a medical hardship … Finished with 27 tackles (15 solos), 5.5 sacks for minus 40 yards and 13.5 stops for losses of 57 yards.

2005 Game Analysis

Registered eleven tackles, 2.5 sacks and 6.5 stops for losses vs. Westminster … Added twelve tackles, three sacks and six stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. Baldwin-Wallace.

2004 Season

Earned All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association … Added All-Ohio Athletic Conference and All-Region first-team honors … Started all ten games at strong-side defensive end, leading the team with a career-high 101 tackles (50 solos) … Led the nation and set school and conference single-season records with eighteen sacks for minus 132 yards and 31 stops for losses of 168 yards … Caused three fumbles and recovered four others … Deflected a pass and blocked one kick.

2004 Game Analysis

Posted fourteen tackles with 3.5 sacks for minus 17 yards and five stops for losses of 24 yards vs. Westminster.

2003 Season

Started ten games, lining up at defensive tackle for the first two contests before shifting to defensive end for the rest of the season … Ranked fifth on the team with 62 tackles (21 solos), adding 3.5 sacks for minus 27 yards and eleven stops for losses of 46 yards … Had three pass deflections and recovered one fumble.

2002 Season

Appeared in nine games, starting the final three contests at defensive end … Posted 27 tackles (12 solos) with five sacks for minus 28 yards and ten stops for losses of 41 yards.

Injury Report

2005: Missed the final seven games after suffering a broken bone in his right foot vs. Miskingum (9/24).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.66 in the 40-yard dash … 1.59 10-yard dash … 2.7 20-yard dash … 4.17 20-yard shuttle … 6.78 three-cone drill … 36-inch vertical jump … 10'2" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times … 300-pound bench press … 545-pound squat … 335-pound hang clean … 32 1/4-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 28/47 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Nordonia (Macedonia, Ohio) High School … Standout defensive end, where he played alongside his brother, Lenny, a linebacker who was also his teammate at Ohio Northern … Was the team's quarterback until his junior year and also lettered in wrestling, winning the state championship as a senior.

Personal

Early Childhood Education major … Brother, Lenny, was a teammate at Nordonia High School and at Ohio Northern (2004-present), where he competes as a linebacker … Born 6/06/84 … Resides in Macedonia, Ohio.

 
 

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