NFL Draft Scouting Report: Mathias Kiwanuka

Disruptive front four players who make a difference are always a hot commodity on draft day. More times then not those prospects are very early picks every April. Of course there are certain situations when NFL teams probe too deeply and read too much into what an undersized defensive end may or may not be able to do at the next level. Will Mathias Kiwanuka be next April's version Julius Peppers? Or will another Terrell Suggs?

Full Name: Mathias Kiwanuka         School: Boston College

Ht: 6-5.5     Wt: 260     40: 4.75     Yr: 5Sr

Pos: Explosive defensive end who possesses a great combination of athleticism and growth potential. Quick off the snap of the ball, displays force off the edge and tough to stop once he gets momentum going. Plays with outstanding leverage, balance and body control. Solid hand technique and possesses an array of moves getting off blocks. Tremendous range and consistently makes plays in all directions of the field. Instinctive football player who reads and diagnoses the action then takes good angles to the ball handler. Effective dropped off the line of scrimmage into space. Immediately alters his angle of attack, flattens and catches ball carriers from the backside. Resilient, slides off blocks and works to defend the run.

Neg: Slow shedding once engaged at the point and stands to improve his body strength. Has a long, linear build and lacks bulk.

Analysis: A productive player three years running, Kiwanuka  is a dominant force and potential impact defensive player. Draws a lot of opinions yet consistently makes plays on the football field and force opponents to game planning around him. Very much in the mold of Jovan Kearse and Terrell Suggs.


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