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Drafted By: Bengals
  • Round 3
  • Pick 24
  • Overall 88

Combine Results

Grade
5.18 ?
  • 4.77 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 112.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.26 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.57 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He's got some twitch to him. The 4-3 teams are looking for the long defensive ends with some twitch. That Bengals front is going to be excellent again." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'6" Height
  • 34 5/8" Arm Length
  • 271LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands

Overview

Played defensive line and tight end as a Pennsylvania prep. Redshirted in 2009. Saw his first West Virginia action in 2010, playing in four early games and collecting two tackles, one-half tackle for loss and zero sacks. Suffered a high ankle sprain against Marshall and missed the remainder of the year. Moved into a starting role in 2011 and recorded 34 tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks with one pass batted away in 13 games (11 starts). Was the listed starter at defensive end in seven games and at defensive tackle in four contests. Registered a sack in the Orange Bowl against Clemson. Was a starting defensive end in 2012 and had 26 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack with three passes batted in 12 games (11 starts). Missed one game with a right MCL sprain. Started all 12 games for the Mountaineers at defensive tackle in 2013 and recorded 49 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and six sacks with three passes batted and one forced fumble.

Analysis

Strengths

Has a long, athletic, muscular frame. Very good movement skills for his size. Flashes the ability to penetrate or stack and shed. Gives effort in pursuit and ranges to make tackles. Solid personal and football character -- has leadership traits. Smart and coachable. Durable three-year starter.

Weaknesses

Does not play to his size -- plays too tall and does not generate power through his core. Shrivels against double teams and is too easily uprooted. Needs to play with better pop and power in his hands. Linear, vanilla rusher -- does not have a variety of moves to defeat and accelerate off blocks.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

Looks the part with desirable length and musculature to warrant consideration as a developmental five-technique in a one-gapping 3-4 scheme or base end in a 4-3 front, though he will have to make significant strides with his technique and improve his run defense to be more than just a guy.
-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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