The Lions need pass rush help, with one UTSA defender drawing comparisons to Ziggy Ansah being an option.
EDGE | 4SR | UTSA | All Star Game: SB
Date of Birth: 9/4/1996 | Height: 6056 | Weight: 255
Projection: Early 2nd-Mid 3rd
Scout Hub Featured Background:
San Antonio, Texas native. Not a nationally ranked recruit. Multidisciplinary Studies Major. Played in 11 games as a freshman missing 1 game due to injury. Started 11 games he played as a sophomore missing 1 game due to injury and dealt with a nagging shoulder injury all season. Started 12 of 13 games played as a junior. Named to the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy watch list for his active role in community volunteering. Enjoys writing poetry. Father, who had a late growth spurt after high school, is 6-foot-4 and his mother is 5-foot-10 and were told by a doctor their son could be around 6-foot-9 when done growing. Accepted invitation to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.
2014 (11 games): 14 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks
2015 (11 games): 49 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, 4.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
2016 (13 games): 67 tackles, 10.0 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble
2017 (11 games): 55 tackles, 17.5 TFLs, 8.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles
Excellent size and appears to be have good athleticism. Has played standing up on the edge and with his hand in the dirt, though he does the former far more often. Wraps up tackles well and doesn’t slip off his tackles when he latches on. Tackles struggle when attempting to recover if he gets an advantage. Seems to do well keeping a handle on where the football is, doesn’t often get lost by play action or option. Splits double teams well, though his explosion is contained by and large when he does so. Wins with length and strength more often than with speed, but doesn’t show a good arsenal of pass rushing moves or counters. Motor seems to be running all the time. Isn’t asked to cover often, but doesn’t look lost when he does.
Inconsistent effort against the run and doesn’t appear to have much patience for playing contain. Doesn’t seem to have many counters when his initial move doesn’t work. Isn’t consistent getting under his blocker’s pads and has a tendency to play upright, opening his chest to tackles at the snap. Though he’s able to win with speed and explosion, doesn’t appear fast in pursuit of the ball carrier, so there may be questions about his timed speed and splits. Does not show very good balance when blockers go low on him, struggling to maintain his footing. Is often slow off the snap and doesn’t appear to anticipate the snap well. Some shoulder concerns with a couple college injuries to vet out.
Though he spent much of his time at UTSA as a stand up edge rusher, it may benefit a team to have him play 4-3 end more often in year one since it minimizes his issues getting and maintaining leverage. While the talent is apparent, it’s pretty clear he will need time to develop his technique as a pass rusher and his discipline against the run. Will likely spend his rookie campaign as part of a pass rushing rotation rather than a full-time starter, though his upside as a pass rusher is tempting enough to draft him early.
Heads up awareness shown early against Rice when he scared the QB into a fumble, scooped the ball and ran it in for a TD. Late against Rice in passing only situations, used his speed and length to terrorize the backfield, though this wasn’t present for much of the game. Beat the hell out of Marshall. Great tipped interception against Texas A&M showing off his ball awareness, though a few plays later he lost the ball on a read play which is no good.
All Player links:
Rice 2017, Marshall 2017, Baylor 2017, North Texas 2017, Texas State 2017, Texas A&M 2016
Draft Report-Anthony Licciardi Scouting Report, Team-Team Page, Draft Report-Jesse Fritsch Report, Suspension-Ejection Suspension, Injury-Nagging Shoulder Injury, Injury-2014 Injury
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