The experts give their thoughts on former Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun.

The experts of the NFL Draft give their opinion of former Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun. (Video Credit: MSU Athletic Communications)

Defensive End Shilique Calhoun


ESPN analyst and 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian:“He’s an established pass rusher and even more important than that, he can play every down. He’s going to be an every down defensive end. I’m not sure he’s not a right defensive end in a 3-4, really, with exceptional pass-rushing skills for that position. He’s a guy who has three-down ability, and multi-defense value, so he’s a value pick somewhere on the first day of the draft, or at very least, the second day.”


ESPN analyst Todd McShay: “He can rush the passer. He’s going to have to improve in terms of consistency versus the run, lower-body strength and those sorts of things, but at the end of the day, if you can rush the passer there’s a place for you in the league, and he does that with relentlessness (and) quick hands. He’s a savvy pass rusher. It will be interesting to see, but I think wherever he gets drafted, probably in the day-two range, I think that he’s going to be brought in initially just to get heat on the quarterback, and then he can continue to improve his game in those other areas.”


NFL Network analyst Charles Davis: “I think teams that don’t mind huge guys at defensive end, remember the Colts? We’re here in Indianapolis, they had those really under-size guys with (Dwight) Freeney and (Robert) Mathis rushing the passer. Teams like that, I think Shilique Calhoun is a defensive end. I like him better there, even though he’s got the basketball background, I’m not sold that the move to outside linebacker is beneficial for him, although I’m not saying he can’t do it. But him putting his hand on the ground and going and getting someone, that’s his strength. I think that the team that gets him and plays to that will be very happy with his production.”


Sirius XM NFL analyst Jim Miller: “This draft is loaded with pass rushers, so for Shilique Calhoun, (he) has the ability right now to probably go in the top of the second round. A lot of teams are looking for that pass-rushing ability because he’s a lanky, rangy defensive end, 4-3 defense type of guy is what he fits best in. A team like Atlanta, that was the worst in the NFL in pass rush with only 19 sacks, they’re looking to boost that total. So expect Shilique Calhoun to go somewhere in that area that really needs a pass rusher.”

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