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2007 Rookie Profiles: Defensive Ends

Posted: 5/07
 

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Full Name:  Victor Abiamiri           School:   Notre Dame                               

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   268            40:   4.8                  Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons after seeing sporadic playing time with the

first team as a freshman.  Posted 43/15/10.5 last year after 48/15/8 as a junior.

Pos:

Athletic edge-rusher who makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage.  Fluid

 changing direction and plays with good speed.  Gets leverage on opponents,

plays with good balance and is rarely off his feet.  Displays excellent range on the

field, making plays in every direction.  Competitive, flies around the football and

always works to make something positive happen.

Neg:

Struggled as a senior and was lacking last year.  Overall game does not show a lot

 of quickness.  Slow locating the ball, and consistently over-pursued the action. 

Not strong at the point and easily pushed from his angle of attack.

Analysis:

After a brilliant junior campaign, much was expected from Abiamiri last season. 

While the numbers were good, his overall play was justifiably labeled as

disappointing.  Offers tremendous potential and has the ability to start at the next

 level if he gets his game back on-track.

 



Full Name:  Gaines Adams           School:   Clemson                                     

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   258            40:   4.70                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his junior campaign. 

All-American selection as a senior after posting 52/17.5/12.5 and breaking up

six passes.  Junior totals were 56/15/9.5, with 9.5 pass break-ups.

Pos:

Game-impacting defender with tremendous upside.  Breaks down well, is fast to

the sidelines and creates a lot of havoc.  Effectively uses his hands, rushes the

edge with speed and has the ability to alter his angle of attack and pursue from

the backside.  Fluid moving in reverse, displaying a back-pedal when asked to

play in space.  Plays with tremendous pad level, balance and rarely is off his feet. 

Covers a lot of area, displaying speed in every direction.

Neg:

Tends to turn it on and off.  Gives half-hearted efforts to shed blocks and does not

 always chase the action.  Accused of playing as though he did not want to get

hurt early in his senior campaign.

Analysis:

A defender who takes over games, Adams has the physical skills to be an early

draft pick and an immediate starter at the next level.  His motor and toughness do

 not match his physical skills yet he offers All-Pro potential if he’s willing to pay the price.

 


Full Name:  C.J. Ah You               School:   Oklahoma                                  

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   274            40:   4.72                Year:     6S

Bio:

Junior college transfer who began his career at BYU.  All-Conference selection the

 past two years after totaling 43/10/4 and 45/12/7 as a senior and junior respectively.

Pos:

Productive defender who plays with a nasty attitude.  Chases hard to get involved

in the action, displays a good head for the game and makes plays down the line of

scrimmage.  Nicely works his hands to protect himself.  Plays with a good degree

of quickness and displays a burst of closing speed.

Neg:

Not stout at the point, can be handled by opponents and has tackles broken. 

Struggled with injuries in the past.  Will be 25 years old before the start of the NFL seaon.

Analysis:

A hard working lineman who makes a lot of plays in the backfield, Ah You is a

backup at the next level.

 



 

Full Name:  Ikaika Alama-Francis   School: Hawaii                                      

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   280            40:   4.75                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who came to school as a basketball player.  All-Conference

selection as a senior after totaling 39/10/4.  Junior totals were 49/7.5/5.

Pos:

Athletically talented prospect with a high upside.  Quick off the snap, is fluid

moving about the field and nicely redirects to the action.  Plays with good pad

level and displays footwork moving laterally or in reverse.  Fast off the edge and

makes plays in every direction.  Tenacious, stays after the action and works to get involved.

Neg:

Slow shedding blocks and must improve his playing strength.  Bites on

play-action passes and lacks top instincts.  Tore a pectoral muscle in the Hula

Bowl, which hampered his ability to work out prior to the draft.

Analysis:

A prospect just hitting his stride, Alama-Francis offers starting potential as a

two-gap end in the NFL.  Must add bulk, strength and finish to his game, yet is

worth the investment of a first-day selection.

 



 

Full Name:  Jamaal Anderson       School:   Arkansas                                   

Ht:   6-5.5        Wt:   288            40:   4.78                Year:     3Jr

Bio:

Became a full-time starter last season and earned All-Conference honors after

numbers of 65/19.5/13.5.  Started five games as a sophomore and posted 47/10.5/4.

Pos:

Athletic defensive end with tremendous upside.  Keeps his pads low to the ground

playing with terrific leverage and is rarely off his feet.  Plays with terrific balance

and body control, and easily beats immobile blockers.  Fast off the edge,

immediately alters his angle of attack or quickly redirects to the action.  Shows

skills in pursuit and solid playing speed.  Attacks opponents with his hands

working to get off blocks and displays an array of moves to protect himself. 

Quickly gets off the snap with a nice first step and makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Neg:

Lacks overall playing strength and is slow shedding blocks once engaged at the point.

Analysis:

Possessing size, growth potential and a lot of natural skill, Anderson is a terrific

prospect with a large amount of upside.  Can be used as a pass-rushing right end,

but also has the abilities to grow into a two-gap lineman.  Must physically mature

and improve his playing strength, yet will quickly make an impact at the next level

 if he focuses on the task at hand.

 



 

Full Name:  Antwan Applewhite  School:   San Diego State                       

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   250            40:   4.83                Year:     4Jr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and sophomore

campaigns.  Totals last season included 52/8/6 after 56/8.5/5.5 the prior year.

Pos:

Fast, undersized defensive end who projects to linebacker at the next level. 

Quick off the snap, immediately alters his angle of attack and displays speed in

every direction.  Loses little momentum when he must change direction.  Shows

abilities backpedaling off the line and playing in space.  Reads the action and does not bite on ball fakes.

Neg:

Small at defensive end, controlled by opponents or driven off the line of

scrimmage.  Does not consistently chase hard to get involved in the action.

Analysis:

A solid athlete who has displayed a variety of skills, Applewhite has the tools to

be used as a rush linebacker in the NFL.  Needs time to develop his game yet

offers a good degree of upside.

 



 

Full Name:  Dan Bazuin                School:   Central Michigan                       

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   267            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter and All-Conference selection since his sophomore campaign. 

Senior totals were 67/15/10.5 when he struggled with injury and personal tragedy

 throughout the season.  Junior totals included 74/26.5/16, tying the conference

record for sacks and setting the school record for tackles for loss.

Pos:

Game-destructive defender with size and growth potential.  Quickly gets off the

snap with a nice first step, rushes the edge with speed and makes plays down the

line of scrimmage.  Displays excellent hand technique protecting himself, quickly

changes direction and plays with good body control.  Tenacious, works hard until

the whistle blows and plays to his timed speed.

Neg:

Lacks bulk, slowed by blocks or easily knocked from his angle of attack. 

Occasionally plays out of control, missing tackles and over-pursuing the action. 

Ran poorly at the combine then showed little skills during linebacker drills.

Analysis:

A high-motor defender who makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage,

Bazuin is a top-level collegiate performer with good upside for the next level.  Has

potential as a conventional defensive end or possibly a rush linebacker for a 34 alignment.

 



 

Full Name:  Rondell Biggs             School:   Michigan                                    

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   276            40:   4.83                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Posted 16/8/6 as a senior when he became a full-time starter.  Junior numbers

were 8/2/1 when he started four games.

Pos:

Speedy edge rusher who make plays down the line of scrimmage.  Plays with good

lean and immediately alters his angle of attack or flattens and pursues from the

backside with speed.  Keeps his feet moving on contact.

Neg:

Locked up at the point by a single blocker or engulfed by opponents.  Marginally

productive in college.

Analysis:

An undersized defensive end who gives good effort, Biggs finally showed signs of

life as a senior.  Potential pass-rush specialist for a conventional defense.

 



 

Full Name:  Larry Birdine              School:   Oklahoma                                  

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   260            40:   5.08                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Moved into the starting lineup as a senior, winning All-Conference honors after

posting 39/10/3.5.  Sat out the ‘05 season with a torn biceps muscle.  Posted

career-bests of 40/11/7 as a junior in ‘04.

Pos:

Productive pass rusher who is coming off a disappointing campaign.  Fast off the

edge, moves well laterally and displays good range on the field.  Works his hands

to get off blocks, chases the action and displays a solid head for the ball.  Breaks

down well playing with good leverage and redirects to make the tackle.  Has ability

 dropped off the line in coverage.

Neg:

Did not display a lot of quickness or explosion last season. Can be handled at the

point by a single blocker.  Marginal size and growth potential.

Analysis:

After a brilliant junior campaign when he looked like a future star, Birdine took a

big step backwards the past two years.  A situational pass rusher not stout

enough to be an every-down defensive end.

 



 

Full Name:  Mkristo Bruce            School:   Washington State                    

Ht:   6-5.5        Wt:   268            40:   5.18                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling

67/16/11.  Also intercepted one pass and broke up three more last year.  Junior numbers included 67/15/10.

Pos:

Hard-working leader of the Washington State defense with marginal upside for the

next level.  Quick off the snap, plays with good lean and exploits immobile

blockers.  Works his hands to get off blocks, quickly alters his angle of attack and

makes plays laterally.  Diagnoses the action, is rarely off his feet and plays with a

Neg:

Possesses only a short-area burst of speed, which he cannot sustain.  Easily

knocked from his angle of attack, cannot get off blocks and controlled at the point.

Analysis:

A productive collegiate player, Bruce has potential as a two-gap defensive

lineman once he physically matures.  Practice-squad material with the attitude needed to make it.

 



 

Full Name:  Noland Burchette      School:   Virginia Tech                             

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   259            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who posted career-best numbers of 44/7.5/3.5 as a senior. 

Junior totals were 25/4/3.

Pos:

Competitive yet undersized end with limited potential.  Plays with good pad level,

quickly changes direction and makes plays down the line.  Fast off the edge,

effectively uses his hands and rarely is off his feet.  Can drop off the line and

displays good recognition in space.

Neg:

Handled at the point by a single opponent and struggles getting off blocks. 

Possesses just a short-area burst of speed.

Analysis:

A passionate football player with a good motor, Burchette is a situational pass

rusher at the next level and offers a special-teams mentality.

 



 

Full Name:  Alex Buzzbee             School:   Georgetown                              

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   250            40:   4.79                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after posting

75/13/5.5 while intercepting one pass and breaking up three more.  Junior totals included 44/12.5/6.5.

Pos:

Undersized small-school pass rusher who makes a lot of plays behind the line of

scrimmage.  Breaks down well getting leverage on opponents and is rarely off his

feet.  Rushes the edge with speed, quickly changes direction and makes plays

down the line.  Intelligent, diagnoses the action and works hard to make positive

plays.  Nicely uses his hands to protect himself.

Neg:

Lacks strength and is easily handled at the point of attack or engulfed by a single

blocker.  Possesses only a short burst of speed and displays marginal skill in pursuit.

Analysis:

A productive defender in college, Buzbee’s only chance is as a situational pass

rusher at the next level.

 



 

Full Name:  Adam Carriker           School:   Nebraska                                   

Ht:   6-6           Wt:   295            40:   4.90                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and senior

campaigns.  Totals last season were 52/16/7, with one interception and three

pass break-ups.  Junior totals included 43/17/9.5.

Pos:

Physically impressive prospect who plays an intelligent brand of football. 

Instinctive and immediately locates the ball.  Moves laterally with speed

defending the run and has a burst upfield rushing the quarterback.  Makes plays in

 all directions, immediately altering his angle of attack or redirecting to ball handlers.  Flashes power and wraps-up tackling.

Neg:

Stymied at the point of attack by a single blocker.  Stands to develop more moves

 to disengage from opponents.

Analysis:

Hard-working and tenacious, Carriker is a smart prospect who could be used at a

variety of positions.  Looks like a perfect two-gap end, yet may also fit in at

defensive tackle.  His draft stock is soaring, and he may end up as a top 12 pick.

 



 

Full Name:  Tim Crowder              School:   Texas                                        

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   270            40:   4.72                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his

sophomore campaign.  Senior totals were 59/19/10.5, with three pass break-ups.

 Junior numbers were 50/3/9.

Pos:

Athletic base end with a complete game.  Plays with good pad level, is fast off the

edge and displays skills in pursuit.  Quickly changes direction, is fluid out to the

sidelines and makes plays in every direction.  Effectively uses his hands to

protect himself, beats immobile blockers and keeps his feet driving on contact.

Neg:

Lacks bulk, is slow getting off blocks and can be controlled at the point by tight ends.

Analysis:

A dedicated prospect with great work ethic, Crowder has shown continual

improvement in his game.  Less than desirable size/speed numbers will push him

out of round one, yet he could start  in the right system.

 



 

Full Name:  Keyunta Dawson       School:   Texas Tech                               

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   246            40:   4.69                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons after seeing action with the first team

during his freshman and sophomore campaigns.  All-Conference selection as a

senior after totaling 63/9.9/6.  Junior totals were 62/3.5/2.5.

Pos:

Well-built, undersized collegiate pass rusher who will be given looks at linebacker.

  Breaks down well playing with good pad level and fluid changing direction.  Makes

 plays down the line of scrimmage, redirects to the action and shows ability in space.

Neg:

Easily controlled at the point by a single blocker.  A liability defending the run.

Analysis:

Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, Dawson is a practice squad player and

developmental prospect.  Best fit is at linebacker in a 34 alignment.

 



 

Full Name:  Victor DeGrate          School:   Oklahoma State                        

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   250            40:   4.85                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors last year. 

Senior totals were 45/11.5/9.5 after a junior campaign of 53/13/5.

Pos:

Undersized collegiate pass rusher with poor size/speed numbers.  Quick off the

edge, immediately alters his angle of attack and pursues down the line with speed.

  Wedges inside of blockers, works his hands throughout the play and rarely is off

his feet.  Possesses a burst of speed, plays faster than his 40 time and covers a lot of area on the field.

Neg:

Does not possess the strength or size to be an every-down defensive end.  Rarely

makes plays in reverse.

Analysis:

Productive on the college level, DeGrate is a situational pass rusher in the NFL

who must produce on special teams.

 



 

Full Name:  Dennis Ellis                School:   Boise State                               

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   300            40:   4.96                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who broke into the starting lineup last season and totaled

41/3.5/2.  Rotated at defensive end as a junior and finished with 10 tackles.

Pos:

Underrated defensive lineman who showed a lot of ability last year.  Very quick off

the snap, is strong at the point of attack and holds his ground against blocks. 

Shows a fluid change of direction with the ability to make plays down the line. 

Effective if asked to twist or stunt.

Neg:

Slow shedding blocks.  Must develop more moves and protect himself with better

hand technique.

Analysis:

Displaying a lot of progress on the field last year, Ellis is a developmental player

with potential as a rotational lineman.

 



 

Full Name:  Jacob Ford                School:   Central Arkansas                      

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   249            40:   4.68                Year:     6Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who began his college career at Memphis.  Senior totals were

48/15.5/6, after 54/17/9 the prior year.

Pos:

Hard working pass-rusher with solid size/speed numbers.  Quick off the snap,

plays with good pad level and protects himself with solid hand technique.  Makes

plays down the line and shows a burst of speed.  Fires up the field and displays a good head for the game.

Neg:

Undersized, can be driven off the line and is a liability in run defense.  Tends to

run around blocks, as he cannot face them head on.  Struggled with injuries throughout his career.

Analysis:

An intense defender, Ford has possibilities as an outside linebacker in a 34

defense, yet must stay healthy for any chance of making it.

 



 

Full Name:  Marquies Gunn          School:   Auburn                                       

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   256            40:   4.83                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who posted numbers of 35/8.5/4.  All-Conference selection as a

 junior after totaling 40/12.5/4.5.

Pos:

Undersized college defensive end who flashes pass rush skills.  Solid athlete who

plays with leverage and moves well laterally.  Immediately alters his angle of

attack, quick if asked to twist or stunt and redirects to the action.

Neg:

Can be handled at the point by a single blocker or easily pushed from the action. 

Not a great worker.

Analysis:

After a solid junior campaign, Gunn’s play last season was uninspired.  Lacks the

size to be an every-down defensive lineman and speed to be a linebacker.  Could

develop into a pass-rush specialist if he picks up the intensity of his game.

 



 

Full Name:  Justin Hickman          School:   UCLA                                          

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   255            40:   4.82                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who started at UCLA the past two years.  All-Conference

selection last year and received some All-American consideration after posting

42/19/12.5.  Junior totals were 31/5.5/8.

Pos:

Undersized pass rusher who creates a lot of havoc up the field.  Plays with good

balance and pursues with speed from the backside.  Fires through the gaps up the

field, works his hands throughout the action and is deceptively strong.  Tough to

knock off his feet.  Flashes speed off the edge.

Neg:

Handled at the point by opposing tight ends and easily wired by blocks.  Can be a

liability in run defense and lacks a physical nature to his game.

Analysis:

A productive pass rusher in college, Hickman lacks the size to be an every-down

defensive end at the next level.  Offers potential as a rush linebacker in a 34

defense, but he must start doing more than just pinning his ears back and taking off up the field.

 



 

Full Name:  Jason Jack                School:   Texas A&M                                

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   265            40:   4.92                Year:     4Jr

Bio:

Used in a rotational system the past two years after starting 11 games as a

freshman.  Junior totals included 21/1/0.  Career bests of 48/4/1 came as a freshman.

Pos:

Fluid defensive lineman whose game has been on the decline.  Possesses solid

first-step quickness, easily changes direction and displays speed pursuing to the

sidelines.  Plays with good balance, body control and rarely off his feet.

Neg:

Rarely makes plays.  Held at the point by a single blocker.  Not decisive nor

instinctive.  Game lacks overall suddenness and explosion.

Analysis:

A fluid athlete who should be more productive on the field, Jack looks the part yet

rarely plays to it.

 



 

Full Name:  Xzavie Jackson         School:   Missouri                                     

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   278            40:   5.06                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter during his sophomore and senior campaigns after seeing

extensive time with the first team as a freshman and junior.  Senior totals were

55/12.5/7, when he also intercepted a pass.

Pos:

Competitive lineman who has continually improved his play.  Quickly gets off the

ball, plays with good leverage and uses his hands to protect himself.  Solid athlete

 who pursues from the backside and also shows the ability to be dropped in space.

  Makes plays laterally, redirects to the action and quickly changes direction.

Neg:

Can be handled at the point by a single blocker, is easily pushed from his angle of

attack and does not consistently play a strong game.

Analysis:

A motivated individual who competes hard, Jackson has potential on the left side

in a conventional defense.  Needs to add bulk and improve his strength, yet at the

very least can be a solid backup.

 



 

Full Name:  Charles Johnson        School:   Georgia                                      

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   270            40:   4.92                Year:     3Jr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors last season as a junior after

producing 44/19/9.5.  Sophomore totals were 23/8.5/4.

Pos:

Forceful defensive lineman who makes a lot of plays up the field.  Plays with

excellent pad level, displays quickness in his overall game and is rarely off his

feet.  Double-teamed by opponents, flashes power at the point of attack and

pushes blockers off the line.  Makes a lot of athletic plays and flies around the ball.

Neg:

Lacks instincts and misdiagnoses the action.  Marginal speed in pursuit or

laterally to the flanks.  Must develop more moves to get off blocks.

Analysis:

A productive lineman who has shown major improvement the past two seasons,

Johnson is a nasty defender who gives a lot of effort on the field.  Lacks great size,

 yet does enough things well that he could develop into a starter on the left side.

 



 

Full Name:  Turk McBride             School:   Tennessee                                

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   277            40:   4.88                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Became a full-time starter last season posting career-best numbers of 68/8.5/1. 

Used at both defensive end and defensive tackle in college.

Pos:

Athletic defensive lineman whose game is on the rise.  Displays great quickness,

gets off the snap with a tremendous first step and plays with good pad level. 

Rarely off his feet, effectively works his hands and shows a variety of pass-rush

moves.  Immediately alters his angle of attack and makes plays laterally.  Keeps

his feet moving on contact and gets a lot of momentum going up the field.  Fires through the gaps upfield and has a closing burst.

Neg:

Undersized and easily blocked at the point.  Marginally productive until last season.

Analysis:

Possessing a large degree of upside, McBride offers potential at a number of

defensive line positions.  Could develop into a two-gap defender or has

possibilities as a three-technique lineman.

 



 

Full Name:  Ray McDonald           School:   Florida                                       

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   276            40:   5.03                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman and earned All-Conference honors

last season.  Senior totals were 36/4.5/3.  Started three games as a junior before

missing the rest of the season after knee surgery.  Career-best numbers of 54/8/4 came as a freshman.

Pos:

Disruptive lineman effective at both the end and tackle positions.  Explodes off

the snap with a great first step, fires through the gaps and plays with good pad

level.  Immediately alters his angle of attack, redirects to the action and pursues

from the backside.  Effectively uses his hands to protect himself.  Fast off the

edge and consistently gives top effort.

Neg:

Can be handled at the point by a single blocker.  Has had a lot of problems staying

 healthy in college, and has undergone two knee surgeries.

Analysis:

A determined prospect who consistently gives top effort, McDonald is an intense

defender who can be used at a variety of positions.  Offers potential as a two-gap

end and may even be given consideration as a three-technique tackle.  His

potential at the next level hinges on his ability to remain healthy.

 



 

Full Name:  Jermaine McElveen   School:   UAB                                            

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   248            40:   5.04                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a freshman.  Senior totals

included 35/8/1.5.  Broke onto the scene as a freshman totaling career numbers of 63/6.5/6.

Pos:

Fluid lineman who makes plays in every direction of the field.  Breaks down well,

plays with good pad level and smooth changing direction.  Makes plays down the

line and quick getting out to the flanks.  Effectively uses his hands to protect

himself and shows speed rushing the edge.

Neg:

Handled at the point by a single blocker.  Marginally productive the past three

seasons after an outstanding freshman campaign.

Analysis:

A player who has glided through college the past three years, McElveen offers

adequate size as well as growth potential but must turn the intensity to have any

chance of sticking on a roster.

 



 

Full Name:  Larry McSwain          School:   UAB                                            

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   254            40:   4.94                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Former walk-on awarded All-Conference honors the past three years.  Senior

totals included 39/9.5/6.  Career-best totals of 56/18/13 came as a sophomore.

Pos:

Productive college defender with marginal size/speed numbers.  Plays with good

pad level, fluid changing direction and immediately alters his angle of attack. 

Rarely off his feet and effectively protects himself with good hand technique. 

Plays with a good degree of quickness and explosion.

Neg:

Handled at the point by a single blocker.  Possesses just a small-area burst of

speed.  Not known as a hard worker.

Analysis:

A prospect who has flashed abilities in college, McSwain is physically limited to

be anything other than a pass rush specialist in the NFL.

 



 

Full Name:  Jay Moore                 School:   Nebraska                                   

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   275            40:   4.98                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who posted 45/17/6 as a senior after junior totals of 37/14/3.

Pos:

Athletic pass-rusher with potential at a variety of positions.  Plays with good pad

level, gets leverage on opponents and squeezes through the small openings of the

 line.  Fast off the edge, quickly changes direction and makes plays laterally. 

Covers a lot of area on the field and shows ability dropped off the line.

Neg:

Can be easily knocked from his angle of attack and is slow to shed.  Struggles

defending the run.

Analysis:

A defender who makes a lot of plays in the backfield, Moore is a situational pass

rusher at the next level until he adds bulk and improves his playing strength.

 



 

Full Name:  Quentin Moses          School:   Georgia                                      

Ht:   6-5.5        Wt:   261            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who registered 33/12/4.5 as a senior after career-best numbers

 of 44/20.5/11.5 the prior year.  All-Conference selection as a junior. 

All-Academic pick in the past.

Pos:

Athletic, pass-rusher coming off a disappointing senior campaign.  Explodes off

the snap with a quick first step, possesses speed in every direction and

immediately alters his angle of attack or redirects to plays.  Effectively uses his

hands to protect himself, gets tremendous force going up the field and exploits

immobile blockers.  Displays a solid head for the ball, transferring his classroom intelligence onto the field.

Neg:

Seemingly suffered from a case of senioritis last year.  Did not show top instincts

and did not always chase hard to make plays.  Undersized, is slow to shed blocks

or easily removed from his angle of attack by blockers.  Does a bit of grab-tackling.

Analysis:

A top-flight athlete who failed to meet expectations last season, Moses is

watching his draft stock free-fall.  May get consideration at  outside linebacker in the NFL, yet clearly needs to quickly get his game back to on track.

 



 

Full Name:  Jarvis Moss               School:   Florida                                       

Ht:   6-6.5        Wt:   250            40:   4.81                Year:     4Jr

Bio:

Moved into the starting lineup last season and totaled 56/11/7.5, winning

All-Conference honors.  Used as a third-down specialist the prior year, finishing with 25/9/7.5.

Pos:

Gifted pass-rusher who is slowly pulling together a complete game.  Breaks down

well, plays with good pad level and is fluid moving in every direction.  Rushes the

edge with speed, effortlessly changes direction and makes a lot of plays in

pursuit.  Effectively uses his hands to protect himself and is rarely off his feet. 

Flashes power, defeats blocks or slides off them laterally.  Smart ballplayer who

quickly locates the ball and always works to make something positive happen.

Neg:

Possesses a thin build and struggles against big offensive linemen.  Marginally

productive until last season.

Analysis:

A sensational athlete and a disruptive force in the opponent’s backfield, Moss is a

 defensive line prospect with a large upside.  Will start off his career as a

conventional pass-rushing defensive end, yet has the ability to move to different

spots on the front line once he physically matures.

 



 

Full Name:  Jonathan Najm          School:   Arkansas State                         

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   248            40:   4.90                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Junior College transfer who started the past two seasons.  Posted 30/3/1

numbers as a senior in ten games after 30/5/3.5 the prior year.

Pos:

Instinctive pass rusher who moves well laterally.  Diagnoses the action, stays

with the play and quickly locates the ball.  Possesses a quick change of direction

and pursues from the backside with speed.  Explodes off the edge and plays with a relentless attitude.

Neg:

Undersized and is easily handled at the point by a single blocker.  Plays faster

than his 40 time, yet may not possess the outright speed to be used at linebacker.

Analysis:

A hard-working defender, Najm’s only chance is as a rush linebacker in a 34 alignment.

 



 

Full Name:  Alex Obomese           School:   UTEP                                          

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   236            40:   4.83                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a junior after career numbers

of 57/10.5/6.5.  Senior totals included 55/3.5/3.

Pos:

Undersized college defensive end who will get consideration as a rush linebacker

in the NFL.  Plays with good balance, fluid moving about the field and rarely off his

feet.  Quickly changes direction and makes plays from every angle.  Flashes

speed off the edge or out to the sidelines.

Neg:

Easily controlled at the point by a single blocker.  Coming off a disappointing

senior campaign.

Analysis:

A solid college defender with marginal size/speed numbers, Obomese has limited

upside for the next level.

 



 

Full Name:  Devon Parks              School:   Bowling Green                           

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   260            40:   4.96                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter, awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after posting 41/11.5/9.

Pos:

Leverage lineman who lacks size and speed.  Quickly changes direction, moves

well laterally and plays with good lean.  Slides to the inside defending the run and

nicely uses his hands to protect himself.  Chases around the field to get involved in the action.

Neg:

Slow shedding blocks and controlled by opposing tight ends.  Possesses just a

short-area burst of speed.

Analysis:

A productive player the past two seasons, Parks’ only chance is to back up in a

one-gap system at the next level.

 



 

Full Name:  Gilberto Perez           School:   Air Force                                   

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   276            40:   5.02                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter given All-Conference consideration since his junior campaign. 

Senior totals included 20 tackles after 33/9.5/1 the prior year.

Pos:

Hard-working lineman who gives excellent effort.  Disciplined, reads the action

and chases hard to get involved in the play.  Gets leverage on opponents and

flashes speed off the edge.

Neg:

Minimally strong at the point, easily knocked off balance and slow shedding

blocks.  Possesses a marginal burst of closing speed.  Has had minor injuries in

the past which kept him on the sidelines.

Analysis:

Always working to improve his game, Perez offers possibilities as a backup left

defensive end.

 



 

Full Name:  Chase Pittman          School:   LSU                                            

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   270            40:   4.93                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former Texas transfer who moved into the starting lineup two years ago.  Senior

totals were 27/6.5/5.5 after 34/7/3 as a junior.  Tough, hustling defensive end

with solid size/speed numbers.

Pos:

Quick changing direction, moves well laterally and collapses to the sidelines

defending the run.  Works his hands throughout the action, chases hard to get

involved and possesses a short-area burst of speed.

Neg:

Marginally strong at the point and handled by tight ends.  Not fast off the edge and

 shows minimal pass-rushing skills.

Analysis:

A prospect who looks better than he plays, Pittman has never met the

expectations of NFL scouts.  Offers the frame to add bulk and has shown skill defending the run.

 



 

Full Name:  Melila Purcell             School:   Hawaii                                        

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   280            40:   4.99                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore

campaign.  Senior totals were 60/15.5/9.5 after 34/1/1 as a junior.  Posted a

career-high 74 tackles as a sophomore.

Pos:

Fluid, athletic lineman coming off a solid senior campaign.  Quickly gets off the

snap, plays with terrific pad level and displays good technique with his hands. 

Smooth moving out to the sidelines, makes plays down the line of scrimmage and redirects to the action.

Neg:

Does not play to his size and is easily tied up at the point by a single blocker.  For

 the most part a marginal pass rusher.

Analysis:

An up-and-down player through most of his college career, Purcell is a prospect

with good upside.  Offers possibilities as a left defensive end if he elevates his game.

 



 

Full Name:  Jermaine Reid            School:   Akron                                         

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   280            40:   5.04                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter used at both defensive end and defensive tackle.  Senior totals

 were 47/8/3 after career-best numbers of 59/13.5/7 as a junior.

Pos:

Athletic prospect still developing on the football field.  Breaks down playing with

leverage, fluid moving about the field and quickly changes direction.  Pursues to

the action laterally and flashes the ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Neg:

Shows marginal playing speed and lacks a closing burst.  Must do a better job

using his hands to protect himself.

Analysis:

After a terrific junior campaign, more was expected from Reid this season.  Has

the size to be used as a one-gap tackle or potentially a two-gap end, yet is still a long shot to make it.

 



 

Full Name:  Jay Richardson          School:   Ohio State                                

Ht:   6-5.5        Wt:   279            40:   5.07                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter last year and posted 25/8.5/4 totals.  Rotational lineman the

prior two seasons, posting 11 tackles as a junior and 15 as a sophomore.

Pos:

Tall, explosive pass rusher who may be just hitting his stride.  Quickly gets off the

 snap, fast off the edge and fluid moving laterally.  Immediately alters his angle of

attack, makes plays down the line of scrimmage and has a closing burst of speed.

 Stays with assignments, displays good awareness and wraps up tackling.

Neg:

Not strong at the point of attack and gets wired in blocks.  Marginally productive

on the college level.

Analysis:

A solid athlete with good size, speed and growth potential, Richardson showed

flashes of big-time ability last season.  Has plenty of upside potential which will

get him consideration in the middle rounds.

 



 

Full Name:  Brian Robison            School:   Texas                                        

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   259            40:   4.76                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who began his college career at middle linebacker.  Senior

totals were 37/9/5.5 after a junior campaign of 58/15/7, when he was an All-Conference pick.

Pos:

Physically gifted defender who plays with a nonstop motor.  Quickly gets off the

snap, plays with tremendous pad level and chases hard to get involved in the

action.  Agile, can bend off the edge and shows skills in pursuit.  Relatively

effective playing in space.  Constantly works his hands to get off blocks.

Neg:

Easily slowed at the point and lacks functional football strength.  Times faster

then he plays.

Analysis:

Possessing outstanding size/speed numbers, Robison is an immensely talented

athlete and an improving football player.  Needs to fully translate his natural

abilities onto the field, yet offers a good degree of upside potential.

 



 

Full Name:  Justin Rogers            School:   SMU                                           

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   251            40:   4.83                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and All-Conference choice since his junior campaign.  Senior

totals included 59/15/9.5 after 64/10.5/7 the prior year.  Solid special-teams

contributor who has blocked kicks in the past.

Pos:

Undersized ‘tweener who makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. 

Displays a quick first step off the snap, rushes the edge with speed and displays

good lean.  Intelligent, diagnoses the action and makes plays in every direction. 

Flashes the ability to drop off the line and play in space.

Neg:

Marginal skills pursuing from the backside.  Easily controlled at the point by a

single blocker.

Analysis:

A hard-charging defender productive on the college level, Rogers possesses

marginal size/speed numbers for the next level.  Could back up as a rush

linebacker in a 34 system yet must make his mark on special teams.

 



 

Full Name:  Clifton Ryan              School:   Michigan State                         

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   310            40:   5.14                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter experienced at tackle and end.  Senior totals included 25/6/4.

 Posted career-best numbers of 41/8/2.5 as a sophomore.

Pos:

Hard-working leverage lineman who makes plays in all directions of the field. 

Quick off the snap, wedges through the small creases of the offensive line and

immediately changes direction.  Slides to the inside defending the run, quickly

diagnoses the action and works hard to get involved.

Neg:

Undersized and controlled by a single blocker.  Marginally productive in college.

Analysis:

An explosive lineman who made plenty of big plays in college, Ryan is an

underrated prospect who can be used as a three-technique tackle or possibly at

end in a two-gap alignment.

 



 

Full Name:  Darius Sanders          School:   Oregon                                      

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   260            40:   4.95                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Senior numbers were 27/11.5/9 when he became a full-time starter.

Pos:

Undersized pass rusher who makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage.  

Explodes off the snap, plays with good pad level and pursues from the backside

with speed.  Displays an array of moves getting off blocks, is fast off the edge and

quick closing to the action.  Works hard to make plays.

Neg:

Struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point of attack.  Marginally

productive until his senior campaign.

Analysis:

A solid athlete with a nice build, Sanders offers a good deal of upside potential. 

Based on his play the past year the arrow is seemingly pointing north.

 



 

Full Name:  Marcus Smith            School:   Arizona                                      

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   285            40:   4.92                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter for two seasons, posting 16/3/3 as a senior.  Missed the ’05

season with a major ankle injury. Posted a career-high 41 tackles in 2004.

Pos:

One-time explosive edge rusher whose progress has been slowed by injury.  Plays

 with good lean, gets leverage on opponents and moves well laterally.  Pursues to

the flanks with speed, making plays out to the sidelines.  Works hard, giving effort

until the whistle blows.

Neg:

Easily locked up at the point or handled by opposing tight ends.  Fractionally

effective last season coming off the ankle injury.

Analysis:

Displaying a lot of skill early in his career, Smith looked sluggish and

unproductive last year with an added 20 pounds of bulk.

 



 

Full Name:  Anthony Spencer      School:   Purdue                                       

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   261            40:   4.77                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after posting

career-best totals of 93/26.5/10.5.  Also broke up six passes last year.  Junior

totals were 23/7.5/3 in a rotational system.

Pos:

Outstanding athlete who took his game to another level last year.  Quick off the

snap, fast off the edge and shows a burst of speed in every direction.  Plays with

terrific balance, leverage and body control.  Fluid changing direction, makes plays

down the line of scrimmage and goes hard until the whistle blows.  Agile, slips

blockers and shows an array of moves.  Possesses a decent head, immediately locating the ball.

Neg:

At times easily controlled by a single blocker.  Rarely used in space or asked to

make plays in reverse.

Analysis:

Coming off a sensational senior campaign, Spencer has significantly elevated his

draft stock.  Could be used as a conventional defensive end or a rush linebacker

in a 34 defense.  Needs to improve his playing strength, yet has all the skills

necessary to produce at the next level.

 



 

Full Name:  Calvin Thibodeaux    School:   Oklahoma                                  

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   255            40:   4.94                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Totaled 31/9/1 in six starts as a senior.  All-Conference choice the prior year

after career-best totals of 44/17/10.

Pos:

Undersized defensive end with poor size/speed numbers.  Quickly gets off the

snap, plays with leverage and displays an array of moves.  Plays with balance and

body control, and rarely is off his feet.  Fluid moving laterally and has the ability to play in space.

Neg:

Marginal speed in pursuit.  Easily knocked from his angle by the first block.

Analysis:

Giving effort at all times, Thibodeaux lacks the size to be an every-down end or

the speed to play linebacker.  Best shot is as a situational pass rusher brought on

 the field during third-and-long situations.

 



 

Full Name:  Lorenzo Wims            School:   Southern Illinois                        

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   259            40:   4.81                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Former Ball State transfer who moved into the starting line-up as a freshman. 

All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 53/16/7 totals.

Pos:

Hard-working defensive end who makes a lot of plays behind the line of

scrimmage.  Keeps his pads low to the ground, is fast off the edge and makes

plays in all directions.  Rarely off his feet, immediately alters his angle of attack

and pursues from the backside with speed.  Quick closing to the action and plays with balance.

Neg:

Tends to pin his ears back, rush up the field and can be a liability in run defense. 

Handled at the point by a single blocker and easily pushed from his angle of attack.

Analysis:

Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, Wims is a technically sound player who

 could find a home at the next level as the pass rush specialist.

 



 

Full Name:  LaMarr Woodley        School:   Michigan                                    

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   266            40:   4.80                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Big-10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after posting 36/16.5/12.  Junior

totals were 48/16/70 after a career-high 70 tackles as a sophomore.  Broke into

the starting lineup as a freshman.

Pos:

Hard-working defender who makes a lot of plays up the field.  Explodes off the

snap with a quick first step, can bend off the edge and is fast up the field.  Plays

with terrific leverage, displays an array of moves and easily beats immobile

blockers.  Tenacious, tough to block and rarely off his feet.  Fires through the gaps

 upfield, quickly alters his angle of attack and pursues to the flanks, making plays

laterally.  Quarterbacks the defensive line and works well with teammates.

Neg:

Lacks the ideal measurables and may not have a true pro position.  Only

occasionally asked to make plays in reverse.  Benefited from the terrific talent around him.

Analysis:

A game-disrupting defender on the college level, Woodley positively impacted the

Michigan defense since his arrival.  Impressive on film, he could be ideally suited

as a rush linebacker in the NFL.  May need time to get adjusted but will be

productive at the next level if placed in the proper scheme.

 



 

Full Name:  Abraham Wright        School:   Colorado                                    

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   242            40:   4.84                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors last year after posting

57/11.5/4.  Junior totals included 30 tackles, one interception and five pass defenses.

Pos:

Undersized college defensive end with potential as a rush linebacker at the next

level.  Breaks down well playing with leverage, is fast off the edge and pursues

laterally with speed.  Immediately alters his angle of attack and shows the ability

to drop into coverage.  Tenacious and works to get involved in the action.

Neg:

Solely lined up in a three-point stance at Colorado.  Controlled by opposing tight

ends or easily ridden from his angle of attack.

Analysis:

Chasing hard to get involved in the action, Wright is a tough defender who plays

with a nasty streak.  Improved his overall game last year, and good workouts prior

 to the draft could push him into the late rounds.

 

 

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