Ht: 6-4 Wt: 265 40: 4.63 Yr: 5Sr
Pos: Developing defensive end with outstanding size\speed numbers. Fast in any direction, works hard and consistently makes plays. Explosive, quick and plays with excellent balance. Immediately alters his angle of attack and forceful off the edge.
Neg: Not polished and must improve his playing strength as well as develop more moves to shed blocks.
Analysis: Hard working, Adeyanju plays until the whistle blows. Offers terrific size\speed numbers and upside potential for the next level. Will reward a team that patiently develops his skills.
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 257 40: 4.82 Yr: 5Sr
Pos: Solid athlete that produces rushing the passer. Fast off the edge, quickly changes direction and makes plays in pursuit. Gets leverage on opponents, keeping his pads low to the ground. Works hands throughout the action and displays solid moves. Fluid dropping off the line and effective in space.
Neg: Undersized and easily turned from his angle of attack by large opponents.
Analysis: Possessing growth potential and a good upside for the next level, Anderson could grow into a starter in a conventional 4-3 defense.
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 244 40: 4.77 Yr: 5Sr
Pos: Speedy edge rusher also effective in pursuit. Plays with good pad level, immediately alters his angle of attack and redirects to ball carriers. Displays an inside move which he uses to beat blockers. Technically sound and works hard to make positive plays.
Neg: Not strong point of attack and slowed by opposing tight ends.
Analysis: A solid athlete with outstanding range, Bennett is undersized yet nicely fits in as a pass rushing end in the NFL or could stand-up over tackle in a 3-4 alignment.
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 249 40: 4.74 Yr: 4Jr
Pos: Exciting young prospect with tremendous upside for the next level. Explosive off the snap, outstanding in pursuit and makes plays in all directions of the field. Plays with good pad level and rarely off his feet. Knifes inside of linemen, getting through blocks to make plays against the run. Adequate job holding the point.
Neg: Must improve his playing strength. Not the most instinctive defender. Suffered a knee injury prior to the season and will sit on the sidelines this year.
Analysis: A defensive end who plays with great suddenness and consistently disrupts the opponents game plan, Birdine was an up and coming star prior to his injury. Needs to get back to playing form in 2006 yet a definite early round prospect to keep an eye on.
Full Name: Ray Edwards School: Purdue
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 270 40: 4.71 Yr: 3Jr
Pos: Sensational athlete with outstanding upside for the next level. Plays low with leverage, immediately alters his angle of attack and makes plays in any direction of the field. Fast off the edge and gets a lot of penetration behind the line of scrimmage. Rarely off his feet. Quick and beats immobile blockers.
Neg: Flashy yet marginally productive early in his career.
Analysis: A defensive prospect who plays with great suddenness and explosion, Edwards has the potential to be a very early draft pick in the near future. Offers an array of skills but needs to take his game to another level.
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 267 40: 4.75 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Good athlete who makes a lot of plays in pursuit. Quick off the snap, fast up the field and immediately alters his angle of attack, displaying outstanding range. Possesses a burst of speed closing to the play. Has a warrior mentality and very intense. Solid in run defense.
Neg: Undersized and smothered by large blockers. Must develop more moves with his hands.
Analysis: A consistent and productive defensive player at Penn State the past two seasons, Hali has continued to improve during his senior campaign. Lacks top growth potential yet could be very productive in the proper NFL-system.
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 250 40: 4.75 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Undersized pass rusher who also projects to outside linebacker at the next level. Adjusts off the initial block, immediately alters his angle of attack and makes plays in any direction of the field. Gets leverage on opponents displaying outstanding balance, body control and rarely off his feet. Creates a lot of havoc up the field and explosive.
Neg: Easily handled at the point by single blockers. Driven off the line when teams run in his direction.
Analysis: A pass rushing end in a conventional defense, Harrelson as the abilities to be a disruptive force up the field. May also be used standing up over tackle as a rush linebacker.
Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 265 40: 4.71 Yr: 5Sr
Pos: Athletic pass rusher who makes a lot of plays off the edge. Fluid with good movement skills, effective when he plays with leverage and flashes quickness. Easily redirects to the action displaying speed to the flanks. Effective if asked to twist or stunt. Makes a lot of plays in pursuit.
Neg: Slow shedding blocks and easily knocked to the ground by opponents. Not overly instinctive and occasionally takes himself from the action.
Analysis: A prospect who must improve his playing strength, Henderson is another solid pass rusher with first day potential.
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 275 40: 4.85 Yr: 4Jr
Pos: Former Northwestern star in the midst of a season ending knee injury and change of playing location. Intelligent, reads the action then quickly locates the ball. Explosive off the snap, plays with outstanding pad level and gets leverage on opponents. Displays an array of moves defeating blocks and works hands throughout the action. Tough as nails, plays while injured and consistently makes positive plays. Possesses excellent balance, body control and rarely off his feet. Immediately alters his angle of attack, flattening and pursuing from the backside with speed.
Neg: Suffered a knee injury prior to the season and taking a redshirt year. Transferred from Northwestern and will play at Arizona State in ‘06. Undersized and easily moved from his angle of attack by strong opponents.
Analysis: A defender who makes things happen, Howard has been a disruptive force the past two seasons. Played most of his junior campaign with an injured ankle yet still impacted the game. Must now prove he is healthy and comeback with a big senior season in Tempe.
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.
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 235 40: 4.58 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Solid athlete who plays bigger and stronger then his computer numbers. Quickly gets off the snap with a good first step, plays with good pad level and drives up the field. Collapses nicely from the outside defending the run, displays the ability to twist or stunt and quickly redirects to the action. Plays with a good degree of explosion and suddenness. Gets vertical to knock down passes and fast off the edge.
Neg: Turned off the point by blocks and has difficulty when opponents run in his direction. Swallow up by big lineman.
Analysis: Productive in all aspects of the game, Lawson is solid first day material next April. Could be used in a variety of ways and should produce on special teams.
Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 245 40: 4.65 Yr: 3Jr
Pos: Outstanding athlete with tremendous upside for the next level. Plays with good pad level, fluid changing direction and immediately alters his angle of attack. Displays skill in pursuit. Remains disciplined and does more then mindlessly rush up the field. Plays with excellent balance and body control.
Neg: Has a long, linear build, lacks bulk and not strong. Driven off the line by opponents.
Analysis: A disruptive force, McClover offers outstanding potential for the next level. Needs to physically mature and improve his playing strength yet someone to watch next two years.
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 266 40: 4.77 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Excellent athlete who makes plays in any direction of the field. Breaks down well playing with leverage, adjusts off the initial block and quickly redirects to the action. Terrific footwork through the trash, fast in pursuit and catches ball carriers from the backside. Slides off blocks or effectively uses hand technique to keep opponents away. Good tackling technique. Fights hard throughout the action. Quick and explosive in all aspects of his game.
Neg: Undersized, slow to shed and swallowed up by large blockers. Has trouble defending the run.
Analysis: A player with a nonstop motor, Tapp constantly makes positive plays on the field. Has size limitations which will depress his draft ranking yet intensity, intelligence and natural skill will be an asset to any NFL roster.
Full Name: Moe Thompson School: Grambling
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 270 40: 4.81 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Athletic pass rusher who can be a disruptive force. Quick off the snap, plays with good pad level and consistently in the opponents backfield. Displays an array of moves and hand techniques getting off blocks. Agile, immediately changes direction or alters his angle of attack. Plays with balance and rarely off his feet.
Neg: Does not go hard 100% of the time. Stymied at the point by lesser opponents. Lazy and chided for poor work habits. Labeled as an underachiever. A liability in run defense. Involvement in off-the-field incidents led to his dismissal from South Carolina.
Analysis: Possessing terrific inmates skills, Thompson is a forceful defender tough to stop when on his game. Needs to quickly change his ways and prove maturity to have a serious shot at sticking on an NFL roster.
Full Name: Mario Williams School: North Carolina
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 285 40: 4.75 Yr: 3Jr
Pos: Tremendous athlete who displays continued progress on the football field. Quick off the snap, moves well laterally and collapses from the outside to make plays. Tenacious, stays on his feet and can drop off the line into space. Effective if asked to twist or stunt and does not move like a 290-pound man.
Neg: Not the most instinctive. Does not consistently use his size as an advantage. Must improve his playing balance.
Analysis: Possessing outstanding natural skills, Williams must improve several facets of his game yet possesses outstanding upside potential for the next level. A forceful defender and very high draft pick should he stay in school two more years.
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 240 40: 4.63 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Outstanding athlete who is an undersized speed rusher. Fast off the edge, fluid changing direction and makes a lot of plays in pursuit. Great range and speed in every direction of the field. Can drop off the line into coverage and effective on special teams.
Neg: Swallowed up by blocks or overpowered at the point defending the run.
Analysis: Consistently progressing on the field and taking his game to another level, Wimberly has potential at a variety of positions in the NFL. Could be used as a pass rushing right defensive end or tried at outside linebacker in a 34 defense.
Full Name: LaMarr Woodley School: Michigan
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 258 40: 4.68 Yr: 4Jr
Pos: Tremendous athlete who can be used as a conventional end or rush linebacker in a 34 defense. Breaks down bending his knees and playing with good pad level. Solid job reading the action, remains disciplined and stays with assignments. Plays with balance and rarely off his feet. Forces the action up the field. Quickly alters his angle of attack, flattens from the backside and fast in pursuit. Nasty and works to finish.
Neg: Undersized and slow getting off blocks once engaged at the point.
Analysis: A solid athlete that lines up in a three-point stance or stands up over tackle, Woodley offers terrific upside for the next level. Lacks top growth potential yet will be very productive if placed in the proper scheme.
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 260 40: 4.97 Yr: 5Sr
Pos: Big, athletic lineman who flashes skill. Plays with good pad level, body control and rarely off his feet. Fluid changing direction, strings plays out to the flanks and displays ability in pursuit. Works hands throughout the action and tough to move off the point.
Neg: Not quick thinking nor does he immediately locate the ball. Lacks a sense of urgency and does not consistently play at a high level of intensity.
Analysis: A prospect with adequate size and growth potential, Wyche offers upside for the next level yet needs to improve his consistency and take his game to another level. Has yet to have the breakout campaign NFL scouts are waiting for.