Photo of Caushaud Lyons
Grade
5.07 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 295LBS. Weight

Analysis

Strengths

Prototype frame to be a 3­-4 end. Extremely athletic with plus explosiveness for his size. Ran a sub 4.9-second 40-yard dash at his pro day with a 10-foot broad jump. Explosive quickness out of stance that can be harnessed with better pad level and more coaching. Shows off agile feet when sliding down the line of scrimmage after a ball carrier. Overwhelmed competition once he took the lead on a snap.

Weaknesses

Very basic use of hands. Needs to learn to punch, extend and shed blockers. Still developing as a pass rusher and will often just try to win with brute force. Motor doesn't always rev. Often overwhelmed much smaller competition in front of him. Needs to keep pad level down.

Draft Projection

Round 6 or 7

Bottom Line

Big and raw with a tremendous amount to learn about playing the position, but with the athleticism and talent that warrants close inspection. Lyons is lacking many of the basics needed at the position and a team will have to have a plan for him that involves teaching and a great deal of patience. If he can learn to use his hands properly and add a little more nasty, he could become an intriguing 3­-4 defensive end down the line.
-Lance Zierlein
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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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