Photo of Ray Drew
Grade
5.2 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 284LBS. Weight

Analysis

Strengths

Has played defensive end and tackle in a 4-3 and defensive end in a 3-4. Has above-average burst off the snap as a pass rusher with an ability to get upfield and into blockers quickly. Can unlock power in his legs once he gets his feet churning. Able to create disruption when he plays on a guard's edge. Needs more weight to play on interior, but flashed interesting level of anchor against double teams. Willing to work his way out of a block and keep motor running. When he stays square and uses his hands even a little bit, he flashes potential to be more disruptive.

Weaknesses

Pad level too high. Doesn't come off snap low and doesn't show enough knee and hip flexion at contact to create leverage advantage. Can penetrate as interior pass rusher, but gets redirected off pass rush track too often. Only one sack all season in 2014 -- doesn't finish when the door opens for him. Doesn't have skills to rush passer off edge. Pass-rush game is all effort with no go-to move or counter to fall back on. Rarely uses hands as true weapons of engagement and allows blockers to get into his legs too often.

Draft Projection

Round 6 or 7

Sources Tell Us

"He came into that program with so much hype and never came close to living up to it. I'm not sure he has that overwhelming desire to be great. He might be too content." -- Regional scout assigned to SEC

NFL Comparison

Malik Jackson

Bottom Line

Former five-star recruit out of high school who ended up being a disappointment. Lacks dynamic pass-rushing ability as a 4-3 defensive end, but flashed at times while playing inside or as a 3-4 defensive end. High-rising pad level is primary culprit robbing Drew of potential production, but if he can improve in that area, he has enough strength and quickness to warrant a look on the third day of the draft.
-Lance Zierlein
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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