Three-year starter who made 48 tackles (6.5 for loss) with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2016. Posted 26 tackles (7.5 for loss) and two sacks as a junior. Sophomore totals include 26 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss.
Hard-working college defensive lineman with limited upside for the next level. Tough, plays with good lean and plays bigger than his listed size. Gets leverage on opponents, occupies a lot of attention in the middle of the field and holds his ground against blocks. Quickly gets his hands up and uses them to protect himself or slide off opponents. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, fluid if asked to twist or stunt and plays through the whistle.
Solid change of direction and chases down the line to get to the action. Easily blocked from the action. Marginal pass rusher. Does not make many plays behind the line scrimmage.
Gutapfel is a competitive, hard-working defensive lineman who has been ignored by scouts. His quickness, ability to play with leverage and quick change of direction should get him consideration as a 3 technique tackle in camp.