His father, Buddy, was an offensive lineman for South Carolina from 1984-1987. Kelcy was a Parade All-American as a South Carolina prep. Attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy prep school before enrolling at South Carolina. Played in 12 games as a true freshman in 2011, starting the last six games at defensive tackle, and had 28 tackles, two tackles for loss and no sacks. Started all 11 games in which he appeared in 2012 and recorded 38 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Was suspended by coach Steve Spurrier for punching an LSU player. Also missed a game with a sprained shoulder. Saw action in 12 games (11 starts) in 2013, recording 39 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks with one pass batted. Missed one game with a concussion.
Good size and initial quickness. Long arms and strong upper body -- can press and extend to create operating space. Flashes the ability to walk guards back. Is fairly light on his feet and shows nice closing burst to the quarterback. Good pursuit effort when his battery is charged. Heavy tackler. Excellent sack production, particularly for an interior defender -- 9.5 sacks ranked second nationally among defensive tackles.
Narrow-based. Gets upright off the snap. Lets his pads rise and gets controlled or washed. Struggles to fight through blocks. Chewed up by double teams. Does not generate powerful hand violence. Could stand to get in better shape and improve his stamina. Posted a meager 23 1/2-inch vertical jump at the combine. Production was inflated had plays flushed to him, benefiting from attention paid to Jadeveon Clowney. Character needs to be evaluated very closely.
Thickly built, long-armed, talented defensive tackle who was not as consistently dominant as his numbers or accolades suggest. Has quickness, strength and enough pass-rush ability to develop into a rotational three-technique in the pros, but could have benefited from another year of SEC competition.