Photo of Aziz Shittu
Grade
5.09 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 279LBS. Weight

Overview

Shittu was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2015, when he recorded four sacks and 14 tackles for loss.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 5.4 seconds
Vertical: 29 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 8 feet, 6 inches
Short shuttle: 4.52 seconds
3-cone: 7.52 seconds
Bench: 31 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Has length to disrupt if he learns to use it effectively. Quality footwork after first contact to work himself around the blocker and onto the other side of the line. Has enough upper body strength to displace blockers on occasion and find the ball carrier in the backfield. Converts tackles attempts into finishes at a high rate. Flashes some disruptive quickness that might be channeled as a 1­-gapper. Was that a spin move I saw as a rusher? Why yes it was. Motor is a plus and became a much better player as the season rolled on.

Weaknesses

Plays with inconsistent pad level which prevents him from reaching athletic potential. Doesn't do nearly enough with his long arms and big hands. Allows blockers entry­way into frame rather jolting and controlling point of attack. Played inside at Stanford, but lacks anchor base of NFL defensive tackle. Lay and pray pass rusher lacking dynamic rush skills. Suffered season­-ending ACL injury in 2014. Has just 2015 a starter under his belt and played less than 62 percent of the defensive snaps this season.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

Bottom Line

Shittu posted some eye-­catching tackles for loss numbers this season for the Cardinal and there are flash moments that force you to make a projection value on him over tape value. His instincts inside are below average and his lack of pass rush is a concern considering his body type isn't a natural fit for an NFL interior. While Shittu is considered an ascending prospect in some circles, it’s hard to find a position or a trait that can get you excited and his final destination may be a run­-only base end in a 4­-3.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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