2006 NFL Draft: Defensive End Profiles Part 2

In part two of his defensive end profiles, Mighty Mike Campbell picks up where he left off profiling the upcoming NFL draft's top prospects.

DE Tamba Hali

Penn St

6'3" 267lbs

Hali is powerful pass rusher with a non stop motor. Possesses a powerful lower body and has nice explosion at the snap. Also does a nice job of using his hands when battling for position and rarely lets an offensive lineman get in to his pads.

As a former defensive tackle Hali understands how to play low and set up against the run. This is something many pass rushing defensive end struggle with when they reach the NFL but Hali will be well ahead of the curve. On the flip side 2005 was Hali's first year as a defensive end so he still has some room for improvement when it comes to refining his pass rush techniques.

Though his closets NFL comparison is Dwight Freeney, Hali isn't nearly as quick as Freeney is. Hali is however a more powerful player so there is a sort of a tradeoff there.

The danger with Hali is that he may have reached the peak of his athletic potential. Unlike Kiwanuka and Lawson there isn't a lot of room left on Hali's frame. He's about as large as he'll ever be and it's unlikely he'll get any faster. It is possible that he could end up being nothing more than an "effort" player (ie Eric Hicks).

Hali is the 27th rated player on Warpaint Illustrated's value board and carries a mid first round grade.

Comparable Player: The Colt's Dwight Freeney.

DE Darryl Tapp

Virginia Tech

6'1" 265lbs

As a senior Tapp was one of the most feared defensive ends in the nation and when you look at his stats it was for good reason. In 2005 he finished the season with 45 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 34 quarterback hurries and 10 sacks. Those are stellar numbers in a football conference that is as tough as the ACC.

Skills wise Tapp has nice explosion off of the line of scrimmage and those first few steps make him hard to contain around the edge. To add to his quickness Tapp is also a polished technician when it comes to utilizing his pass rush techniques. In fact Tapp is probably the most technically sound and underrated pass rusher in this year's draft.

There are some draft experts that feel Tapp lacks the physical stature to translate his game to the NFL but in fact he is the exact same height and weight as the Colts Dwight Freeney. Those individuals also fail to realize that Tapp squats 660lbs and that tells me he has the lower body strength to hold up against anyone in the NFL. Add that to his sub 4.7 forty time with 420lb bench press and all of a sudden Tapp begins to look more like a first round selection.

Tapp is the 35th rated player on Warpaint Illustrated's value board.

Comparable Player: A shorter version of New York's Michael Strahan.

DE Parys Haralson


6'2" 250lbs

Haralson is an athletic and energetic speed rusher with surprising strength for a player of his size (Haralson is so muscular he looks like he weighs more in the range of 265lbs). Although he looks like a linebacker Haralson is real "hand on the ground" defensive end though he'd be a prime candidate to make the transition to WILL linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

If you are looking for a player that will fight hard on every play Haralson is your guy. He's one of those players who'll always play to the whistle and occasionally beyond. He carries a real mean streak once he steps on the field.

Don't mistake Haralson as nothing more than a "motor guy". He's a rather polished player with fluid movement and good explosion. Has a faster twitch than most offensive linemen and is quick to outmaneuver them. Haralson also has longer arms than you'd expect for a 6'2" player and usually does a good job of utilizing his reach to out leverage his opponent.

Haralson has made a last minute jump up Warpaint Illustrated's value board and now carries a late second round grade. Comparable Player: Atlanta's John Abraham

DE Kamerion Wimbley

Florida St.

6'4" 255lbs

Wimbley is a tall and slender built speed rusher that relies on his freakish athleticism to reach the quarterback (runs a 4.61 in the forty yard dash). However, he isn't as explosive as his foot speed might lead you to believe. His first step isn't quite up there with Lawson's or Kiwanuka's so he doesn't initially beat offensive linemen the way you'd expect him to. If he can get a clean release though he has the short distance closing speed to be very disruptive.

The biggest question surrounding Wimbley is how much he was able to benefit from playing next to Brodrick Bunkley? If Bunkley hadn't been there could Wimbley have still produced at a significantly high level? It's strikingly similar to the Julius Peppers and Ryan Sims scenario.

Wimbley is most effective as a pass rusher when coming free on a line stunt or overload blitz. For this reason he might be a better fit as a pass rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4 than a 4-3 defensive end. This would give him more opportunities to be in the dual pass rusher situations he excels in.

Wimbley has recently taken a slight drop down Warpaint Illustrated's value board and currently carries a late second round grade.

Comparable Player: Has the physical ability of Philadelphia's Jevon Kearse.

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