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Grade
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  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 255LBS. Weight
  • 8 7/8" Hands

Overview

Ihenacho was productive as a defensive end at San Jose State but does not have the size to play end in the 4-3 at the next level. Stays low and plays with very good leverage and is difficult to move out of running lanes. Has quick hands to effectively shed blocks but does not have an advanced repertoire of pass-rushing moves. Ran a 5.1 at his pro day and lacks the speed to get around the edge at the next level. Will not be able to stick with backs and tight ends in man coverage and has not shown the ability to diagnose route progression and make plays in zone. Has been hampered by soreness in his knees leading up the draft and there are questions about whether he will be able to handle the pounding in the NFL. Ihenacho has a chance to be drafted late, but his limited size and speed make him more of a free-agent prospect.

Analysis

Strengths

Strong kid who is stout versus the run. Fires off the ball with great pad level and will consistently knock tight ends back on their heels. Shows the ability to find the ball, quickly disengage and pursue. Bull rusher with powerful and quick hands who can collapse the pocket.

Weaknesses

A bit undersized as a DE and will have to transition to OLB at the next level. Does not have adequate speed; ran a 5.1 40 during his pro day. Knees have been bothering him during the pre-draft process and there are some durability concerns. Limited athleticism prevents him from being effective in pass coverage.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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