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Drafted By: Rams

Combine Results

Grade
5.1 ?
  • 4.91 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 25.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.80 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"His best thing is his first step. He doesn't have length, so he wins with quickness. He's not going to be a player in space. He'll play with his hand in the dirt. I applaud St. Louis. He'll join one of most ferocious fronts in football. Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is very good at identifying what you do well; in sub packages, he can be creative." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 261LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Also lettered in track and powerlifting as a Texas prep. Redshirted in 2009. Played all 13 games in '10 (one start) and tallied 24 tackles, seven for loss and 3.5 for sacks with an interception and a forced fumble. Played all 13 games in '11 (one start) and collected 29-3-1-1.5 with an interception. Started 9 of 12 games in '12 and was credited with 22-7-4.5 with two forced fumbles. Did not start against Central Florida, Vanderbilt and Alabama. Was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year (AP) in '13 when he started all 14 games and registered 48-19-11.5 with two batted passes and two forced fumbles. Would be the first openly gay active player in NFL history -- came out to his teammates in August, then announced his sexuality publicly prior to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Good arm length. Anticipates the snap and has a very good initial first step. Plays hard -- gives great effort and competes every down. Good on-field intensity and demeanor. Attacks the edges aggressively and motor runs hot. Outstanding weight-room strength -- can squat a small house. Very durable.

Weaknesses

Lacks burst and acceleration off the edge to get a step on blockers and finish. Sack production results from effort and production flushed to him and is not creatively produced with savvy pass-rush moves, speed, power or bend. Average hip flexibility and snap -- struggles clearing his hips at the top of his rush and trimming the corner. Adequate anchor vs. the run. Is late to disengage from blocks. Does not strike with authority. Inconsistent tackler. Late bloomer who could require time to adapt to the pro game. Poor combine showing -- bench-pressed 225 pounds just 17 times, recorded a 7.8-second 3-cone drill and posted an abysmal 25 1/2-inch vertical jump.

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line

A productive, 4-3 weakside rusher who came on as a senior and it made his last season his best. Could fit most ideally as a 3-4 outside linebacker in a zone-blitzing scheme like the Steelers or Ravens.
-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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