Position: Defensive end.
Combine measurables: 6-foot-6, 285 pounds.
Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.87 seconds. Vertical jump: 30 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.03 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.25 seconds.
Career stats: 50 games, 167 tackles, 44 tackles for loss, 26.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumbles recovered.
Draft projection: Third-fourth round.
Lowdown: Tremendous size, highlighted by massive wingspan, gives him the look of a power forward. He was, in fact, a freshman reserve on BYU’s basketball team during the 2012-13 season. … Plays with a great deal of power. … Shows an outstanding first step off the ball. … Makes good use of his hands to gain leverage. … Highly productive pass-rusher, but also can be stout against the run. … Shows enough versatility to play end in a 4-3 scheme or, with some bulking up that his frame can definitely handle, five-technique in a 3-4. … Can contribute on special teams, as evidenced by leading the nation in 2015 with five kick blocks. … Needs to work on being more effective in space, where he tends to miss tackles. … Seems to be a little bit more of a straight-line, rather than fluid, athlete. … Graduated from high school in 2010, but entering the draft now because he served on a mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand.
They said it: “He’s kind of like Justin Tuck for the Giants back in the day when they tried to create matchups inside over the guards in the Super Bowl. It’s not just about being a Von Miller, a dominant pass rusher in the NFL. It’s about versatility and creating matchups. Here is a guy who has played in a lot of different schemes. He is agile. His football skills are unreal with his feet, hips and hands. And he can line up across the board, both tackles or inside. He will be a guy – particularly if a coach gets him who can continue to mold and build him – who will be a lethal guy.” – ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge. – Vic Carucci
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