6’1” – 230 lbs. – 4.55e
Has been a contributor for each of the last four seasons, with escalating production in each campaign culminating in an outstanding senior season. Very undersized pass-rusher who usually lines up in a two-point stance in Temple’s exotic defensive fronts, but who will also put his hand in the dirt and rush from a three-point stance at times. Accomplished pass-rusher who draws some extra attention from opposing blockers. Has an excellent first step and creates a lot of disruption in opposing backfields because of his quickness and hand use; mixes up his rushes and isn’t a one-dimensional speed rusher off the edge, working some inside moves into his game. Extremely quick and fluid mover who can beat opposing tackles off the snap, win the edge, and bend back to the quarterback seamlessly. Does a good job of redirecting back to the passer in the event that the opposing quarterback climbs the pocket. Has the speed to chase down opposing ballcarriers in backside pursuit, flowing very well; runs the field like a running back or safety. Usually asked to play downhill but looks very smooth and natural when asked to carry opposing ballcarriers downfield on wheel routes and so on; looks like a very versatile sub-package defender at the very least. Seems to have long limbs relative to his height, with some ability to extend his arms when taking on blocks; length also carries over into his tackling radius. Gives good effort and doesn’t really have a finesse temperament but also isn’t really the type of player who has the functional strength to take on blocks and maintain gap discipline as a run defender. Relies on his ability to win to either side and doesn’t have much of an anchor. Can easily be pushed off of his spot by opposing linemen and even some tight ends; will also get steered wide of the pocket when attempting to win the outside. Struggles to break down in the open field at times and missed a few tackles during the games reviewed. Has a past arrest for assault which will require further investigation. Exactly how well his game will transition to the pro level and what type of position and role he’ll be able to handle are question marks, but offers outstanding speed, quickness, and explosiveness, with the ability not only to threaten quarterbacks as a pass-rusher but also to cover backs and possibly receivers on passing routes. Should be a sub-package and special-teams staple at the very least.