Photo of Shilique Calhoun
Drafted By: Raiders
  • Round 3
  • Pick 12
  • Overall 75

Combine Results

Grade
5.7 ?
  • 4.82 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 115.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.97 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.25 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"The Raiders are making some moves on the defensive side of the ball. They signed Bruce Irvin in free agency. This is a good, solid pick to help rebuild that defense." -- NFL Media analyst Brian Billick

  • 6'4" Height
  • 34 1/4" Arm Length
  • 251LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands

Overview

Not many players are named to All-American squads once during their college career, much less twice. Calhoun's managed to earn the nod three straight years, making big plays for the Spartans as they competed for Big Ten titles. As a redshirt sophomore, Calhoun was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and first team all-conference recognition in addition to second team All-American notice from several sources after recording 14 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries and an interception. The two-time Ted Hendricks Award finalist (2013, 2015) didn’t disappoint in his second year as a starter and first as a team captain, making 39 tackles, 12.5 for loss and eight sacks. Calhoun could have left for the NFL after 2014, but decided to return to compete for a Big Ten title and a national championship. The Spartans did accomplish the former, with the help of Calhoun’s 14.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks before losing to eventual champion Alabama in the College Football Playoff.

Analysis

Strengths

Former high school basketball standout with an athletic, well-­proportioned frame. Three-­year starter with above average pass rush production. Posted 128 quarterback pressures and 26.5 sacks over last three years. Rushes passer with forward lean and good knee bend. Keeps running after contact to better position. Improving shoulder dip around corner to run the arc tightly and get after the quarterback. Flashes above average burst to the quarterback when sack is in his sights. Good play recognition and awareness in run game. Good backside chase speed against the run and able to change directions when needed. Two-­time team captain under Mark Dantonio who is highly respected in the building. Has shown potential for more complex pass rush attack using several different rush moves from various angles.

Weaknesses

Missing aggressive, nasty play demeanor at point of attack. Showed too much respect to blockers rather than playing through them with aggression. Gets caught up in slap-fighting rather than dominating with hand strength. Can improve feel for when to use power and when to use finesse as a rusher. Flagged for nine encroachment penalties this year. Needs to play faster. Play strength doesn’t match his frame. Won’t often whip a base block and gives in too easily to double team coming from tight end. Wasn’t a factor in the opposing team’s backfield in 2015.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3 or 4

NFL Comparison

Andre Branch

Bottom Line

Calhoun’s career could go one of two ways -- he’ll become more aggressive and improve his hand usage which will unlock his full potential as an NFL defensive end OR he will become a decent NFL starter who doesn’t have the upfield burst to win up the field as a pass rusher and isn’t strong enough to hold up at the point of attack. Calhoun may need to become tougher against the run before he is handed a starter’s position, but the skill­set is there if he can unlock it.
-Lance Zierlein
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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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