Kevin Givens

Penn State
DT
DL05

Prospect Info

College
Penn State
Hometown
Class
PA
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
285 lbs
32 1/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.17
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.08
Seconds
 
Bench Press
32
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
115.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.63
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.62
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Givens grew up within an hour of Penn State's campus in Altoona, earning first-team All-State honors as a defender and punishing tacklers as a fullback. He got a chance to start early on, beginning 6 of 14 games his redshirt freshman season and racking up seven tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks among his 26 total stops. Givens started five times in 13 games played in 2017, at both defensive end and tackle (23 tackles, four for loss, 3.5 sacks and two pass breakups). He started 12 of 13 contests in his third and final year on the field, accumulating 33 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and five sacks.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
Overview
Built low to the ground and plays with excellent leverage and pad level that allows him to seep into gaps and create disturbances. Givens' problem will be his lack of size and functional anchor. Finding a slanting, upfield front is a must, but he'll need to play with better burst off the snap and more consistent hands to try and keep himself clean. His inability to defeat man-on-man engagement against Wisconsin may be an indicator of the issues he would have as a pro.
Strengths
  • Can make it happen at the squat-rack
  • Plays with consistent knee-bend and low pad level
  • Leverage worker with ability to play under blocks
  • Beats reach blocks with sunken hips and wide lateral first step
  • Was moved all over the defensive line over last two seasons
  • Efficient in his movement
  • Can get in and out of short-area operation
  • Good quickness in his hands
  • Possesses stutter-step to arm-over rush move
  • Early acceleration in closing burst
Weaknesses
  • Lack of mass is a factor inside
  • Scheme-dependent
  • Unable to maintain gap against power
  • Was a non-factor against Wisconsin's interior power
  • Washed away if he doesn't win in early stages
  • Unable to dislodge from power sufficiently
  • Lacks urgency to fight back across blocker's face
  • Tends to be one-and-done pass-rusher when punched
  • Too gradual working to blocker's edge as rusher

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league