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A four-star recruit from Bradenton, Fla., Christmas played briefly as a freshman for the Seminoles before injury led to a medical redshirt. After seeing time in 13 games as a reserve in 2015 (20 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 0.5 sack), he started 37 games over his final three seasons, totaling 85 tackles (10 for loss) and three sacks over that span. He did not register a sack as a senior, but he was voted third-team All-ACC by coaches and media.
Christmas has NFL size (6-foot-3, 294 pounds) and power, and he played a ton for a major college program. He shows good power both in his lower body (to hold ground) and upper body (to shock blockers and shed), and he can slip gaps at times to make splash plays. As a pass rusher, he can push the pocket and regularly gets his arms up to bat passes (13 in his career).
Christmas doesn't move the needle much as a pass rusher, as he lacks the twitchiness -- supported by poor athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine -- or technique to win consistently. For a one-dimensional player, he's not overly disciplined as a run defender. Also, his lack of length (32 3/4-inch arms) is a detriment while anchoring, though he should be able to earn a spot in a rotation.
Projection: Seventh Round
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Career Defensive Stats