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Drafted By: Eagles
  • Round 5
  • Pick 1
  • Overall 141

Combine Results

Grade
5.27 ?
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"To me, if I had to make a comparison now, he looks like a young Brett Keisel without the beard. He's got a promising future as a five-technique in any 3-4 defense. He broke his foot at the end of the (2013) season but he was a four-year starter. He's 6-foot-6, 280, can run and he's got violent hands." -- Brian Baldinger

  • 6'6" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 281LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Engaged to a former Oregon Ducks volleyball player. Prepped in Oregon. Also played basketball. Redshirted in 2009 and fractured his right hand. Saw action in 12 games as a reserve defensive lineman in '10, managing 18 tackles, two tackles for loss and two sack with one batted pass. Did not play in the BCS National Championship game against Auburn. Posted 44-3-2.5 with two batted passes, one forced fumble and a blocked kick in 14 starts at defensive tackle in '11. Made the switch to defensive end in '12, playing in all 13 contests (12 starts, all but Stanford) and logged 36-11-8 with three batted passes and one forced fumble. Named the team's co-MVP after registering 75-6-3.5 with five batted passes and three forced fumbles in 13 starts. Made the first five starts at DE and the remaining seven at DT. Broke his left foot while training in January '13 -- missed the Senior Bowl and did not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Terrific size and length. Good eyes and awareness. Plays on his feet. Holds his ground at the point. Gains extension and can stack and shed. Collapses the pocket. Good range and pursuit effort. Closes hard. Strong wrap tackler (very good production) -- snares ball carriers and drags them to the turf. Good soldier who falls in line willingly and has clean character. Three-year starter.

Weaknesses

Could stand to add bulk to his frame and get functionally stronger. Average athlete. Not explosive. Ordinary get-off -- takes short initial steps and exposes his frame off the snap. Needs to play with more consistent pad level. Fairly linear rusher. Limited shoulder flexibility to dip and bend the edge. Stiffness shows in space.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

Big-framed, smart, active, high-effort player who willingly does the dirty work and will make it difficult for coaches to cut him. Best chance to stick could be as a five-technique, but could also draw interest as a developmental left end. Has the makeup to surprise if he learns to play with power.
-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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