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Grade
59.9 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 281LBS. Weight

Overview

The 2008 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year totaled 101 tackles for loss and 33 sacks in his final two years at successful Chaparral High School. Roh stepped into the starting line-up as a true freshman in 2009 at outside linebacker (37 tackles, 7.5 for loss, two sacks, three pass break-ups), and began his sophomore year there, as well (43 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 0.5 sack, two forced fumbles) before moving to defensive end for the last five weeks. He started every game for the third straight year in 2011, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors with 32 tackles, eight for loss, and four sacks. As a senior, Roh totaled 38 tackles (5.5 for loss) to go along with 4 sacks. Roh was named to the Coaches All-Big Ten second team, and finished off his career with 51 consecutive starts, a school record.

Analysis

Strengths

Solid build. High motor. Comes off the ball hard, works through his man’s shoulder to win the gap. Flashes an arm-over and spin move to get free from leaning tackles. Intelligent, instinctual player who keeps his eyes in the backfield, usually finds the ball. Maintains containment responsibility on the outside. Hustles to the quarterback when free from his block, also chases plays to the sideline. Shows good leverage against single blocks when his shoulders are square, holding the line, and is also able to disengage to grab backs coming through the hole. Possesses strength to rip off blocks in either direction to free himself.

Weaknesses

Tall frame and propensity to turn his shoulders while engaged cause him to lose leverage, get pushed back at times despite strong effort. Average pass rusher, pops up out of his stance and lacks the speed and bend to turn the corner against better tackles. Closing speed to ballcarriers outside the box is only adequate, is an upright runner and lacks great agility to change directions when on the attack. Fails to feel cut blocks or beat them with his hand, though he hustles to recover.

NFL Comparison

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Bottom Line

While Roh never established himself as an elite playmaker, this is something to be said for starting 51 consecutive football games. Throughout his career, Roh has grown from a 250-pound linebacker to 280-pound end. Roh is physical, smart, and works hard. While he lacks elite athletic ability or an explosive element, if he continues to add weight, he can stick on rosters as a 3-4 defensive end (five-technique).
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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