Kendall Langford # DE
Height: 6-6 Weight: 313 Age: 29
Born: 1/27/1986 Petersburg , VA
Experience: 8th season
High School: Petersburg HS [VA]
Positives: Has a big build, with wide waist and hips, broad shoulders, thick calves and thighs...Has the valid speed to play off the edge, but also shows the lower-body power to anchor and split double teams when lined up at defensive tackle...Smooth open-field runner with good body control and balance on the move...Quick to redirect in-line and has the running stride to chase down running backs in the second level...As a rush end, he keeps his pad level down to make plays working down the line...Plays until the whistle and gives solid effort throughout every play...When he gets that "fire in his belly," he can completely dominate a game (see 2007 Morgan State, Delaware State, Norfolk State and Florida A&M contests and 2006 Howard, Morgan State, Norfolk State, Bethune-Cookman and New Hampshire games)...Has the initial step and reach to get into the blocker's chest to stack and control...Has enough functional strength to control his side of the football in one-on-one situations, as he can hold ground at the point of attack and clog rush lanes...Plays with good leverage and, when he recovers off the initial block, he has the loose hips to redirect and work his way down the line...When he sets with a heavy anchor, he can control his man due to his ability to bend his knees and play with leverage...When he keeps his hands inside his frame, he is much more effective in attempts to recoil and reset quickly...His best hand move is his swim move to slip past blocks on the pass rush...When he shoots his hands with force, he will generally shock his opponent...For a player of his size, he does a very nice job of clearing his feet on the move...Gets through trash well due to his low pad level and is relentless chasing down ballcarriers inside the box...Has the loose hips to move from sideline to sideline and can make plays in long pursuit (see 2007 Morgan State, Delaware State and Norfolk State and 2006 Delaware State and Bethune-Cookman games)...Possesses good body control when changing direction, and is effective chasing from the backside... Has improved using his long reach to secure and drag down the opponent...Generates good lower-body power behind his hits and has made steady improvement keeping his feet to drive the lead blocker back through the rush lane...Because of his run-stuffing skills, Langford could shift to defensive tackle in a 4-3 alignment to take advantage of one of his better skills... Has short-area pursuit speed to give chase down the line and with his change-of-direction agility and field vision, he is quick to redirect and neutralize the cutback lanes...Developed a fluid spin move to clear the line of scrimmage and can generate pressure from the backside (see 2007 Howard, Delaware State and Norfolk State and 2006 Delaware State, Norfolk State and Bethune-Cookman games)...More of a bull rusher who might be better served as a tackle, as he does a good job of working on the offensive guard's edge...Has change-of-direction agility, combined with his knowledge of taking proper angles to generate good production pressuring the pocket...Uses his reach in attempts to dislodge the ball from the ballcarrier...His forward body lean and hip swerve let him deliver the spin move to slip off blockers and he shows good agility and balance in pursuit...Can penetrate the gaps and mash the pocket on a consistent basis. Negatives: Lacks explosiveness off the snap, but uses his strength well to get through traffic, showing proper hand extension to keep blockers off his feet...Has the lower-body strength in his anchor vs. double teams, but he must show better faith in his hand placement to keep blockers off his body...Earlier in his career, he needed hard coaching, as he was not fond of the training room, but has matured over the years and takes pride in his captaincy...Has smaller-than-ideal hand size (eight inches), leading to problems in attempts to grab on to his opponent's jersey (has a tendency of not locking on when placing his hands on the blockers chest, giving up body surface coming off the snap)...Showed marked improvement in taking proper angles when shooting the inside gaps, but used to take a wide loop to compensate for a lack of explosion...Good at using his size to close down the backside, but is still developing a better feel for play action, as he will bite on them at times...Slow to shed when he fails to keep his hands active, but shows good urgency to close when he locates the ball, especially when he gets free from his initial blocker. Compares To: TY WARREN-New England...Some scouts say Langford is more like Richard Seymour, but he is more than likely to play outside in a 3-4 alignment than to line up at under tackle. Langford is a dominant run stuffer who still needs to develop more pass-rush moves, but he has the size to clog rush lanes. He must develop better hand punch to help him combat isolated blocks and lacks ideal explosion to be much of an edge rusher, but like Warren, his ability to play a variety of roles and positions up front will help him earn a spot in a team's defensive rotation.