6’4″ – 269 lbs. – 4.65
Began his collegiate career as a linebacker, contributing on special teams as a freshman. Transitioned back to defensive end, his high-school position, and started the next thirty-eight games of his career, sitting out the team’s bowl appearance this year. Highly-productive team captain who plays with an excellent motor. Has a prototypical build for a defensive end prospect, carrying his weight well and with impressive length; added nearly thirty pounds of bulk from his freshman to senior season. Rushes from both the right and left ends of the line, sometimes out of a two-point stance, and more often out of a four-point stance. Limited snaps as an interior rusher. Played out of a lot of wide alignments to maximize his athletic gifts. Has a very explosive first step and covers a lot of ground when using his speed to win the edge. Very smooth, natural mover who can bend the edge back to the quarterback. Gets good extension with his arms and has some power in his hands; relies much more on his explosiveness to win with speed than on his power. Go-to move is the swim, but can also slap an opposing tackle’s hands away, and will work in inside moves, swims, or bull-rushes on occasion as well. Overall hand use is very active, but didn’t need to develop many counters at the college level because he could often win the edge at will. Has the speed and burst to close effectively when rushing on stunts and twists. Has the presence of mind and length to go for strip-sacks when generating pressure from the backside, and will also get his hands up to contest passing lanes. Athletic enough to carry opposing running backs into the flat. Solid run defender who gets good extension with his arms to lock out opposing linemen. Has a respectable anchor; doesn’t tend to reset the line of scrimmage with his power, but is able to hold his ground. Patient in backside contain, and also exhibits impressive instincts to use inside moves to blow up rushing attempts in the backfield. Rangy player who can pursue opponents to the sidelines. Has just about everything teams look for in a primary pass-rusher, whether physically, athletically, or temperamentally, and that should cause him to be one of the top players selected in this year’s draft. Hasn’t taken many snaps in coverage, but could potentially play in either a three- or four-man defensive front.