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5.22 ?
  • 4.91 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 25.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.80 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 261LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


2013: First-team All-American, first-team All-SEC and a Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist. Started all 14 games. AP SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year pick. 2012: Played in 12 games and started nine. 2011: Played in 13 games and started one. 2010: Played in 13 games and started one. 2009: Redshirted. High school: All-District as offensive lineman and defensive lineman as a junior and senior. Also lettered in track and powerlifting.



Good arm length. Anticipates the snap and has a very good initial first step. Plays hard -- gives great effort and competes every down. Good on-field intensity and demeanor. Attacks the edges aggressively and motor runs hot. Outstanding weight-room strength -- can squat a small house. Very durable.


Lacks burst and acceleration off the edge to get a step on blockers and finish. Sack production results from effort and production flushed to him and is not creatively produced with savvy pass-rush moves, speed, power or bend. Average hip flexibility and snap -- struggles clearing his hips at the top of his rush and trimming the corner. Adequate anchor vs. the run. Is late to disengage from blocks. Does not strike with authority. Inconsistent tackler. Late bloomer who could require time to adapt to the pro game.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

A productive, 4-3 weakside rusher who came on as a senior and it made his last season his best. Could fit most ideally as a 3-4 outside linebacker in a zone-blitzing scheme like the Steelers or Ravens. Compares favorably to Chargers 2009 first-round pick Larry English, an overhyped, overdrafted, marginal producer in the pros.
-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.