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5.31 ?
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.19 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.27 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 259LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands


2013: Third-team All-ACC pick . Started all 13 games. 2012: Second-team All-ACC selection. Played in all 13 games with 11 starts. 2011: Second-team All-ACC selection. Started all 13 games he played in. 2010: Played in all 14 games and made two starts. 2009: Redshirted.



Excellent height-weight-speed ratio. Looks the part and has weight-room strength. Explosive athlete with rare leaping ability for his size. Good balance and edge burst and enough flexibility to turn the corner. Dogged in pursuit and ranges all over the field to make tackles. Fllattens and crashes down the line. Strong wrap tackler. Durable three-year starter. Has NFL bloodlines (uncle, Shaun, was a Pro Bowl safety for the Bears).


Average eyes and instincts. Questionable football intelligence. Short on bulk and anchor strength to play with his hand in the dirt -- soft edge setter. Not equipped to shadow in man coverage and is unnatural playing in reverse. Limited scheme versatility. Could require short leash and extra reps.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

Explosive, high-motor see-and-go reactor whose calling card is his ability to pressure the edge. Does not play to his weight-room numbers against the run and lacks desirable length and smarts, projecting as a situational 3-4 rush linebacker.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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.