Position: Defensive end.
Combine measurables: 6-foot-3, 269 pounds.
Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds. Vertical jump: 33 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet. 20-yard shuttle: 4.21 seconds.
Career stats: 43 games, 129 tackles, 46.6 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, 2 forced fumbles.
Draft projection: First round.
Lowdown: After a breakout season with 12.5 sacks in 2015 (his first as a full-time starter) and a strong Combine, he has emerged as one of the draft’s top players at his position. … Great versatility; can play end in a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense, and can work from a three-point stance or play standing up. … Although he started for only one full season, he saw a good deal of playing time in a defensive-line rotation in his first two years. … Extremely quick and athletic, and strong at the point of attack. … Highly instinctive and does a nice job of shedding blockers. … Can defend the run every bit as well as he rushes the passer. … Doctors paid close attention to shoulder issue that showed up at the Combine, but it didn’t cause him to miss any games in three seasons at Clemson.
They said it: “After the Combine, when you look at his numbers compared to, say, his teammate Kevin Dodd and some of the other defensive ends, I mean, he tested out very well. And then you go back and look at him two years ago, he was there with (now-Atlanta Falcons defensive end Vic) Beasley, you look at him this past year, when everybody knew that was who you had to stop ... he’s nearly 270 pounds, he ran a 4.7, he’s got good athletic ability.” –ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
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