Prepped at Glenville High in Ohio, where he played for Ted Ginn Sr. Began his college career at Ohio State, where he played five games as a true freshman in 2009 (wore jersey No. 55) and recorded five tackles, zero for loss and zero sacks. Appeared in all 13 games in '10 (one start as an injury replacement) and was credited with 15-0-0 with a blocked kick. Did not keep up academically (sat out '11 spring practice) or climb the depth chart at OSU. Transferred and sat out '11, per NCAA rules. Was arrested in August '12 for marijuana possession and was also held on a warrant for a conversion charge from an incident in which he and a teammate allegedly tried to shoplift male enhancement pills. Served a two-game suspension before starting all 11 games played at right defensive end and notching 52-12.5-8.5 with a batted pass. Started 11-of-12 games played in '13, tallying 64-11.5-8 with a batted pass, an interception and two forced fumbles. Did not play against Army or start against North Texas (ankle).
Very good edge burst. Has a long second step and attacks the edges with speed and leverage. Flattens down the line -- good lateral pursuit. Can get depth in coverage and spot drop. Flashes explosive striking ability as a tackler.
Strength-deficient and gets hammered in the box. Thin-legged and narrow-based. Too light to set the edge. Limited cover skills -- is tight in the hips and not natural moving in reverse or coming out of breaks. Immature early in college career.
A 4-3 open-side speed rusher ideally suited for an elephant end or 3-4 Jack linebacker role. Is at his best rushing the passer and has shown improved maturity since departing Ohio State before the 2011 season.