Photo of Tanoh Kpassagnon
Drafted By: Chiefs
  • Round 2
  • Pick 27
  • Overall 59

Combine Results

5.63 ?
  • 4.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 128.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.46 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.62 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"You wanna talk about genetic freaks, folks. Step right up. I had a DC tell me when he's the first guy off the bus, he looks so good, he should be pick No. 0. But he's gonna be about a year away." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'7" Height
  • 35 5/8" Arm Length
  • 289LBS. Weight
  • 10 5/8" Hands


Tanoh Kpassagnon (Tawn-oh pass-N-yo) is an intelligent young man and a fantastic athlete. The son of a chemical scientist and economist was an accounting/finance double major who already had an internship with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. His career got off to a slow start, redshirting in 2012, playing as a reserve in 2013 (15 tackles, one sack) and then missing eight games with a torn right MCL in his sophomore campaign (12 tackles, five for loss, 3.5 sacks in six games). Kpassagnon got healthy in 2015, turning in a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association season with 9.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. The Pennsylvania native took his game up a notch last fall, garnering first-team Associated Press FCS All-American honors, ranking sixth in the FCS with 21.5 tackles for loss and tying for fifth nationally with 11 sacks.



Big body and long frame. Should be able to continue packing pounds onto his frame. Flashes some upper body power with an ability to fight through move blocks. Has plus athleticism with explosive hip thrust that can jolt blockers at point of attack. Has lateral quickness to beat reach blocks and slice into the backfield. Has the tools to be a one- or two-gap player. Raw in his pass rush, but shows occasional glimpses into his potential. Athletic with range and above average tackle radius. Highly intelligent and very mature. History of blocking kicks will catch the eye of a special team's coach.


Average explosiveness up the field. Doesn't find ways to the edge as a pass rusher often enough. Too content to just ride on a stale bull rush. Plays with excessively narrow base and anchor. Functional contact balance seems to be a coin-flip from snap to snap. Legs don't always look steady under him. Tussles with blocker in front of him and loses track of the ball. Plays upright and gets pads turned too easily by blockers widening him out of the hole. Need to learn to use his length to punch and control at the point.

Draft Projection

Round 2-3

Sources Tell Us

"He's raw but he's got a chance. He's quiet and I don't think football is going to define him, Do you know what I mean? I just want to make sure that he loves football." -- NFC regional scout

NFL Comparison

Margus Hunt

Bottom Line

While he has the length, size and athleticism that is the foundation of what teams look for along their defensive front, his issues with contact balance and body control might not be easily remedied. Kpassagnon lacks natural pass rush talent and may need to strengthen his lower body so he can lock in as a two-gapping, edge-setting base end who can reduce inside on rush downs.
-Lance Zierlein
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