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3 *Joey Bosa DE 1 Ohio State Jr 6050 269 1

Deluxe pass rusher with all the techniques and talent...You can move him around and rush him from anywhere...Plays all positions across the front 7...Considered top prospect in draft as he entered his junior year...Compared to Jared Allen...Combines mental intangibles with physical strength and athleticism...How about 26 sacks and 51 tackles for a loss in past three seasons...Constantly double teamed...Terrific core strength for young age...flexible athlete with explosive first step...very strong upper body...uses hands well...keeps balance....naturally laterally quick,,,scheme-versatile.....knee-bender...athletic swim move....quick for size...very disciplined/seldom loses contain...rarely fooled...tough/knows what it takes to be great...not quite as quick as elite edge rushers...proverbial "non-stop motor."....not quick twitch type of guy....will occasionally misread a play..."...strong and powerful and can diminate at the line of scrimmage...great instincts and reactions and is consistently around the ball...goes out every play...a better pass rusher than Watt coming out of college..." - PFW (Gabriel)

Pro Day (Brandt) - "Bosa wasn't pleased with his 4.86-second 40 time at the combine, so he ran it again on Friday. Unofficial times in the mid 4.7s for Bosa,...suggest significant improvement for the potential top-five pick. He also improved his bench press reps from the combine from 24 to 28. As for the broad jump, Ohio State did not release results from the event, but one of Bosa's warmups was captured on social media from a goal line to just beyond the 3-yard line, indicating a jump exceeding 9 feet.... Following his workout, he reportedly met with the San Francisco 49ers, who hold the No. 7 pick in the draft.

Forty: 4.86 (unofficial: 4.7's)...BP: 28...VJ: 32.0...BJ:.10-0..3C:6.89 ...SS: 4.21

7 DeForest Buckner DE 2 Oregon Sr 6070 291 1

Considered a 3-4 DE...One of the so-called "planet people" (i.e. there are only so many people on this planet who are that big, tall and fast)....Can play inside or outside...Only thing he might lack is leverage due to his height...Finished final year in college with 10.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss and 83 total tackles...stayed in school the extra year....Long with room on his frame to add bulk...massive wingspan...quickly stacks & sheds...good hand-usage...Hustles in pursuit...attracts double-team....Elite body control for size...Batted down 10 passes during career,,,quiet warrior...leverage issues...needs to develop more counter-moves...Compared to Calais Campbell....If BA and Bettcher feel their defensive system should include a tall, Campbell-like DL, they could do worse than look to a tall guy like Buckner (Unfortunately, this guy figures to be long gone by the time the Cards pick (at #28 or #29)...PFW (lists as DT): "...has the natural physical traits to be a dominant defensive lineman...has really come on as a pass rusher...unlimited upside - (Gabriel)

Forty: 5.05...BP: DNP...VJ: .32.0..BJ:.9-8..3C: 7.51...SS: 4.47

10 *Shaq Lawson DE 3 Clemson rJr 6030 269 1

Broke out in 2015...Smaller, quicker type DE...Racked up 24.5 tackles for losses and 12.5 sacks in final year at Clemson...Difference-maker with compact frame and power...equally effective vs. the run...Strongest area is vs. the run..."appears to have long arms" (we'll see at the Combine)...A bit raw as a pass rusher...Grade A motor...quick strong hands...combines strong upper body with fluid lower body....terrific edge leverage...good at setting the edge and playing contain...could improve his reaction to inside runs and recoiling to reset. Lacks ideal height and length but mskes up for it with violent hands, field smarts and versatility....Ideal position is as a LDE in a base 4-3...Projects as mid to late first rounder...."A safe, scheme-versatile pick" - PFDG..."...flashes dominating ability with his strength, power instincts and skill set...a very good player versus the run...will come in and start right away...tremendous upside/.." - PFW (Gabriel).

Pro Day (Brandt) – “stood on his numbers from the combine, which were impressive. Lawson had a good pro day workout. Like Dodd, Lawson also worked out at outside linebacker, but his position in the NFL will be at defensive end.

Forty: 4.70...BP: DNP VJ: 33.0...BJ: 10-0..3C: 7.16...SS: 4.21

107 Jonathan Bullard DE 10 Florida Sr 6030 285 1

Tweener size-wise who may not quite be the twitchy guy you expect in a pass rusher...No nonsense attitude...Played every position across NC defensive line...Strength is in how he holds up at POA...exceptional lower body strength/ anchors well...explosive off the edge, exhibiting strength and toughness but lacks elite agility and quicks (making up for it with diagnostic skill and quick reflexes)...High cut and plays a bit high...will occasionally lose balance in pursuit...moves well with toughness and agility...will play thru pain...classic 2-gap run-stuffer with size..."....stays low...plays with a high level of intensity...should start for a team as a rookie..." - PFW (Gabriel).

Forty: 4.93...BP: 23...VJ: 32.0...BJ:.9-8..3C: 7.31...SS: 4.56

25 *Emmanuel Ogbah DE 4 Oklahoma State rJr 6040 273 1-2

According to PFDG, "Ogbah's game is power ('a high floor player with some limitations'...)"...Raw effort guy who looks the part..."has grown-man strength to bully blockers off edge" - Brugler..exciting combo of speed & ower...power defender who plays a physical game...but also looks comfortable dropping off...a bit raw and still learning the finer points of playing DE...Coachable/Compared to Vinnie Curry...disruptive presence coming off either side...more strong than quick or fast...raw as a pass rusher/could be a Top 50 pick if he works on his pass rush and hand-use techniques.... PFW (as an Edge Rusher) "...not as good as some of the edge rushers taken last year (think Dante Fowler Jr., Shane Ray and Vic Beasely) because he lacks their speed, expl;osiveness and athleticism. - (Gabriel)

Forty: 4.63...BA: 20...

26 *Kevin Dodd DE 5 Clemson rJr 6050 277 1-2

Somewhat overshadowed by Lawson....PFDG refers to his "extreme quickness and powerful hands...with quicks, motor and flexibility that points to a potentially elite pass rusher."...Looks the part and has the quicks and power to win the edge...improved during past season...elite initial quickness and can get skinny to penetrate T-G gap...has quick, strong hands...long-armed....becoming more disciplined and patient. High motor "thru the whistle" competitor...work ethic also seen on the practice-field and film room....lacks elite quick-twitch explosion...could improve hand-usage....must add moves to arsenal of tricks...sometimes thinks too much and doesn't simply let 'er rip....a bit inexperienced. Compared to Kon Ealey..."Nowhere near his football ceiling" - Brugler and Rang. Has all the potential sklills but will need timeto develop them..."plays the run and pass very well,,,has good instincts and is seldom fooled...can be a rookie starter" - PFW (Gabriel)

Pro Day (Brandt) – “Dodd had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.44 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.32 seconds. He also performed 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Dodd has long, 34-inch arms, and also worked out at outside linebacker at the pro day. However, I think his best position in the NFL will be at defensive end rather than linebacker.

Forty: 4.86...BP: 22...DNP... VJ: 30.5..BJ: 9-2...DNP..3C: 7.32/...SS: 4.40

74 Shilique Calhoun DE 8 Michigan State rSr 6043 251 2

Long with "bend around the edge" flexibility...but tends to play too high...stayed in school after last year...Lined up mostly as LDE...Long strider who transitions that speed to power excellently...often wins edge with straight speed rush...quick-footed/uses agility to slip blocks and crash the pocket...Good COD in space....holds contain well...stout at POA...improved hand-usage...but could be stronger...loses leverage battle too often....inconsistent ball-awareness...has bad habit of popping uprigt at snap.... PFW (as edge Rusher): "...best as a pass rusher...10.5 sacks...can drop into coverage and play zone...might be best as a 3-4 OLB." - (Gabriel)

Forty: 4.82...BP: 23...VJ: 35.0...BJ:.9-7..3C:6.97 ...SS: 4.25..

90 Carl Nassib DE 9 Penn State rSr 6067 277 2

Late bloomer...smart effort guy...humble.....built like Calais Campbell....lined up at LDE...6 forced fumbles in 2015...occasionally dropped into coverage....Has got the length, power, quicks and motor you'd expect, but is a bit stiff-hipped and will play too upright...coaches dream as a self-starter and workaholic...Brugler says he "plays with his hair on fire"....Racked up at least one sack in 10 straight games...but still raw (one years' experience)...may lack initial explosiveness of prototypical edge rushers....but his attitude, motor and work ethic should earn him a spot in the Top 100....jack of all trades/master of none...Fits best in a 1-gap scheme..."Late bloomer...raw...can be fooled...can be a bit slow to react...does not have the speed or qickness usually associated with top pass rushers.." - PFW (Gabriel)

Pro Day (Brandt) – “Nassib was worked out as a defensive lineman as well as a linebacker, and did a good job.

Forty: 4.84...BP: 21...VJ: 28.5...BJ: 9-6...3C: 7.27...SS: 4.37

45 Bronson Kaufusi DE 6 Brigham Young Sr 6064 285 2-3

(PFDG lists as a 3-4 OLB)...Can either play up or down...exceptional length/moves well in space, but comes across as a one-speed athlete...Another Calais Campbell type with broad shoulders and a huge wingspan and tapered frame...doesn't shy from contact...tough at POA...good initial burst and terrific motor...alert and agile...can and will drop into coverage...very strong...ESPN says he could even fit in as a 34OLB....son of BYU defensive coach....has some polish (spin and rip moves). HC has referred to him as the "perfect BYU player."... "a natural pass rusher...tough and competitive...scheme versatile." - PFW (Gabriel)

BForty: 4.87...P: 25...VJ: 30.0...BJ: 9-3..3C: 7.03...SS: 4.25

120+ Shawn Oakman DE 14 Baylor rSr 6080 287 3

A build out of central casting...pretty raw but ability is too good to pass on...PFW (as an Edge rusher) "...has a lot of hype, but his play does not match...as a pass rusher, if he does not beat his opponent with his initial quickness, he is dead..." - PFW (Gabriel)

Forty: 4.96...BP: 23..VJ: 32...BJ:.10-3..3C: 7.53...SS: 4.56

55 *Aziz Shittu DE 7 Stanford rJr 6-2 284 3-4

His strong build and quick first-step suggests he'll earn his money as a pass rusher (Hear that, ,Steve Keim)?

Forty: NA...BP: NA...VJ: .NA..BJ:..NA.3C: .NA....SS: NA

120+ Charles Tapper DE 14+ Oklahoma Sr 6025 271 3-4

Not real long...not that skilled as a pass rusher...Impressive speed for size..."...undersized, but he has long arms and good strength and explosion...tough and competitive and plays every down...quick off the ball..." - PFW (Gabriel)

.Forty: 4.59...BP: 23...VJ: 34.0...BJ:.9-11..3C: ...SS:

126 Jason Fanaika DE 14+ Utah rSr 6020 271 4

High-wattage run-defender who may lack the twitch needed to be an effective pass rusher.... "...gets a high number of pressures but not enough sacks...will have to improve his pass rush..." - PFW (Gabriel)

Forty: 4.92...BP: 23..VJ: 35.5...BJ:..9-5.3C: 7.06...SS: 4.39

136 James Cowser DE 14+4+ Southern Utah rSr 6030 248 4

High energy pass rusher who isn't strong enough to fight off blockers' initial hands...

Forty: .4.82..BP: 21..VJ: 31.5...BJ:.9-3..3C: 6.80...SS: 4.31

146 D.J. Pettway DE 14+ Alabama rSr 6021 265 4-5

Explosive of the edge, but kind of short...

Forty: .4.99...BP: 17...VJ: 28.0...BJ:.9-0..3C: 7.74...SS: 4.59

115 Anthony Zettel DE 11 Penn State rSr 6037 277 5

High motore, but undersized and underpowered...regularly outperforms his numbers... "...good pursuit player...(if he were) an inch taller and 20 pounds heavier, he might well be a first round type." - PFW (Gabriel)

Pro Day (Brandt) – “Zettel had a 9-foot-4 broad jump, and was worked out as a defensive lineman, linebacker and tight end.

Forty: 4.81...BP: 28...VJ: 30.5...BJ:.9-1..3C: 7.63...SS: 4.39

183 Romeo Okwara DE 14+ Notre Dame Sr 6045 265 5-6

Long arms, some explosivenesss and nice build, but raw and not very instinctive...PFW (lists as Edge guy): "...best as a pass rusher...young and raw but has upsize." - (Gabriel)..

Forty: 4.90...BP: 23...VJ: 33.0...BJ:.10-0..3C: 7.38...SS: 4.53

119 Matt Judon DE 12 Grand Valley State rSr 6030 275 5-6

Gets off good/explodes good...but only has this one primitive pass rush move where he tries to get around the edge...PFDG feels he has starter potential if he can add a bunch of different moves....

Pro Day (Brandt) – “Judon tood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Judon -- who is a very competitive guy -- had a good pro day workout.Scouting Combine."

Forty: 4.73...BP: 30...VJ: 35.0..BJ:.9-1..3C: 7.67...SS: 4.52

205 Ronald Blair DE 14+ Appalachian State rSr 6021 284 6

Stout run-stuffer type... "played outside...some clubs might work him out at linebacker (he has enough athlleticism." - PFW (Gabriel)

Forty: 5.15....BP: 32...VJ: 30.0...BJ:.9-5..3C: 7.95...SS: 4,53

221 Ugonna Awuruonye DE 14+ Campbell rSr 6-5 260 6-7

Long, powerful hands and good motor but is raw and lacks quicks..could develop into a a good rotational edge setter... "....strong...dominates a very low level of compeititon..." - PFW (Gabriel)

Forty: NA...BP: DNP...VJ: ...BJ:...3C: ...SS:

231 Dean Lowry DE 14+ Northwestern Sr 6053 296 6-7

PFW (as edge rusher_=): "...plays hard and competes...might not have the best natural tools, but gives you every thing he has...instinctive and technique sound..." - PFW (Gabriel)

Forty: 4.87...BP: 30...VJ: 32.5...BJ:.9-6..3C: 7.26...SS: 4.38

256 Greg Townsend Jr. DE 22 Southern California rSr 6-3 275 7

Good blood-lines..pretty good vs. run...injury issues...

Forty: NA...BP: DNP...VJ: ...BJ:...3C: ...SS:

274 *Ron Thompson DE 14+ Syracuse rJr 6030 253 7-FA
Former DT who was moved to the outside...kind of stiff but could be spotted at LDE or inside as a pass rusher...Forty: 4.92...BP: 18...VJ: ...BJ:...3C: ...SS:
120+ *Alex McCalister DE 13 Florida rJr 6061 239 7-FA

(PFDG lists as a 3-4 OLB)...Character issues...not very physical...won't set an edge....Very agile for size...he'll have to show he can drop into coverage...

Forty: 4.80...BP: DNP....VJ: 34.5...BJ:.10-8..3C: 7.01...SS: 4.04

304 Silverberry Mouhon DE 14+ Cincinnati rSr 6-3 252 7-FA
(How can you not want a dude named "Silverberry" on your roster)...A tweener (undersized to play DE/not comfortable enough in coverage)...some potential as a pass rushing specialist...Forty: NA....BP: DNP...VJ: ...BJ:...3C: ...SS:
318 Theiren Cockran DE 14+ Minnesota rSr 6-5 258 7-FA

Has the proverbial non-stop motor, good explosion and straight-ahead speed, but is very stiff... PFW (lists as edge rusher): "...undersized edge rusher with a high motor." - PFW (Gabriel)

Forty: ...BP: DNP...VJ: ...BJ:...3C: ...SS:

326 Josh Dawson DE 14+ Georgia Sr 6-3 273 7-FA

Considered a tweener who lacks flexibility but might fit in as a five-technique...

Forty: ...BP: DNP...VJ: ...BJ:...3C: ...SS:

338 Jimmy Bean DE 14+ Oklahoma State rSr 6050 264 7-FA

(Listed as OLB)....Flexible, fluid but not strong...never lived up to pass rushing potential...Some upside with proper coaching...

Forty: NA...BP: 20...VJ: ...BJ:...3C: ...SS:

346 Reggie Gilbert DE 14+ Arizona rSr 6-3 262 7-FA

Decent strength...good motor...but lacks quicks and closing speed to be an effective rusher...

Forty: NA...BP: DNP...VJ: ...BJ:...3C: ...SS:

 

 

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