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Drafted By: Jets

Combine Results

Grade
5.09 ?
  • 5.01 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 112.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.67 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.65 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Enemkpali played defensive end at Louisiana Tech, but was put through workouts as a linebacker at his pro day.

  • 6'1" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 261LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

His name is pronounced "EYE-KAY IN-em-PALL-ee." His full name is Ikemefuna Chinedum Enemkpali. His parents were born in Nigeria. The Texas prep helped lead his school to the state playoffs during his two years as a starter. Enrolled at Louisiana Tech and redshirted in 2009; was part of the same freshman class as defensive line mate Justin Ellis. Saw action in 11 games (10 starts) at defensive end in '10 and had 36 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Missed one game with a sprained ankle. In April '11, he was arrested following an off-campus incident and was subsequently charged with disturbing the peace and battery of a police officer. Was initially suspended by the team, but was reinstated before the season began. In 13 games that fall, he recorded 33-7.5-3.5 with one forced fumble. Started all 12 game at RDE in '12 and totaled 32-7.5-6 with one pass batted and one forced fumble. In 12 starts at right defensive end in '13, he tallied 47-11-5.5 with one pass batted and two interceptions. Was one of two linemen in the country to have two interceptions, picking off passes against North Carolina State and North Texas.

Analysis

Strengths

Very thickly built. Flashes shock and violence in his punch. Highly competitive, plays hard and motor runs hot. Keeps battling to the quarterback. Gave Texas A&M OLT and 2013 No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel fits in '12. Superb football character -- the game is very important to him. Film junkie. Tough and physical.

Weaknesses

Below-average height. Ultra-stiff and overly muscled, negating his quickness, speed and lateral agility. Green eyes and instincts -- gets outflanked too easily, is consistently late off the ball and can improve his snap anticipation and get-off quickness. Marginal hip flexibility. Lacks variety of pass-rush moves and gets hung up on blocks too easily. Can create better extension and improve hand use to swat, shed and disengage. Does not consistently convert speed to power. Bench-pressed 225 pounds only 19 times at the combine.

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line

A strong, tenacious, tightly wound leverage-power rusher most ideally suited for a 3-4 outside linebacker role. Will require patience to develop. Has a high-collision special-teams temperament to contribute in coverage if he can learn to unlock his hips. Best chance will come in Blitzburgh.
-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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