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Drafted By: 49ers

Combine Results

Grade
5.17 ?
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"(At South Florida's pro day) he had a real good 10-yard time of 1.52 seconds, which is an indication that he can be a good pass rusher at the next level." -- Gil Brandt

  • 6'5" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 249LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Highly recruited Florida prep. Began his college career at Notre Dame -- played 12 games as a true freshman in 2011, starting six at defensive end, and recorded 33 tackles, seven tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks with two passes batted and one forced fumble. Left the team during spring practice in 2012, expressing an interest to play closer to home, and transferred to South Florida. Was forced to sit out that season after his transfer waiver was denied by the NCAA. In his lone season with South Florida, he tallied 29 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and five sacks with one pass batted in 12 games (10 starts) in 2013. Had a 44-yard fumble return for touchdown against Connecticut. Weight has fluctuated heavily, which he reportedly said stems from his use of Adderall. Did not work out at the combine because of a right hamstring injury (medical exclusion).

Analysis

Strengths

Outstanding size and body length. Flashes some playmaking ability. Deceptive strength to leverage the edge. Has a giant wingspan and can corral ball carriers.

Weaknesses

Classic underachiever. Questionable effort, motor and desire. Leaves production on the field. Does not play with passion and lacks urgency. Goes through the motions. Is not a strong or creative rusher and does not create plays. Lacks concentration and focus. Will require maintenance. Weight has fluctuated a lot. Managed just 18 bench-press reps at the combine. Did not show well at his pro day -- managed a 29-inch vertical and recorded poor times in the three-cone drill (7.46 seconds) and short shuttle (4.61 seconds).

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

A big, athletic prospect who displayed the most potential as a freshman at Notre Dame. Has underachieved since transferring closer to home and shedding considerable weight. Must prove motivated to reach his potential. Finished the season strong and finally showed signs of the talent he displayed as a standout freshman. Would benefit from a strong, mentoring, veteran position coach, and could land with a team like the Bengals, who have a propensity to gamble on boom-or-bust prospects, especially in the mid to late rounds, when reward outweighs risk.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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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