Photo of KEMOKO TURAY
Grade
5.73 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 252LBS. Weight

Overview

Turay only played two years of high school football because he attended a school without a program for his sophomore and junior seasons. He exploded as a senior (19 sacks) but only had two scholarship offers (Rutgers, James Madison). Turay redshirted in 2013 while honing his skills, which appeared to have paid off as he earned Freshman All-American honors. He played in all 13 games as a reserve, but led the team with 7.5 sacks (26 total tackles) and tied for the FBS lead with three blocked kicks. His production dropped off over the next two years, however. Turay started once in 11 games played in 2015 (nine tackles, two sacks) and played in eight games as a reserve in 2016 (three tackles, two sacks) after undergoing two surgeries on his right shoulder before the season. Back to health in 2017, he started nine of 12 games played, compiled 65 tackles, seven for loss, four sacks, two fumble recoveries, and forced one fumble. Turay's family immigrated to the United States from Guinea, a country in west Africa, when he was 3 years old.

Analysis

Strengths

Extremely explosive with tight-skinned, sinewy build. Sudden lateral quickness can disrupt in the gaps. Able to crash down the line and close down back-side lanes on stretch plays. Plays with good closing burst to the ball. Rangy with good pursuit motor. Starts what he finishes as tackler. Rarely allows a broken or missed tackle. Former high school long jump and triple jump champ with springy lower half to make a sudden, lateral pounce to capture runners in his area. Moves easily and naturally in space. Aware when dropping into coverage. Slides in space to mirror quarterback's eyes. Able to ramp up secondary rush to harass quarterbacks. Has coachable traits as pass rusher.

Weaknesses

Rigid pass rusher with tight hips. Has issues dipping and bending when he gets to the top of his rush. Rushes with a face-up approach that makes him easier to find and punch for tackles. Bounced by contact in his rush and is forced to re-start. Needs to improve hands and get beyond his basic rush approach. Unable to absorb and counter. Inconsistent at holding his ground when faced with angle blocks from tough tight ends. Shoulder injuries and subsequent surgeries ravaged his sophomore and junior seasons.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3

NFL Comparison

Yannick Ngakoue

Bottom Line

Explosive edge defender with the coveted traits of an NFL pass rusher. Turay is still behind on feel and skill in that area and will need to develop a go-to move and a workable counter to beat NFL tackles. However, his ability to chase and tackle could translate right away. Turay splashed at Senior Bowl practices and certainly helped his cause.
-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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