By Jay Skurski
Position: Defensive end/outside linebacker
Measurables: 6-foot-6, 248 pounds
40 time: 4.60 seconds. Vertical: 32.5 inches. Broad jump: 12 feet, 2 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.35 seconds.
2012 stats: 44 tackles, 10.5 for loss, 5 sacks
Draft projection: Top 10 of first round
Lowdown: Started his career with the Ducks as a tight end, a position he played in high school in Phoenix. Was originally going to play receiver for Oregon, but switched to defense before the 2010 season. … Started 12 games in 2011 and made the All-Pac 12 first team with 42 tackles, including 13 for loss, and 7.5 sacks.
Missed all or parts of three games in 2012 because of a shoulder injury. Had surgery in the offseason to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, and missed the Senior Bowl because of it. Highly competitive player who doesn’t shy away from contact. Was often asked to cover receivers or tight ends in the slot in the Ducks’ defensive scheme. That’s not his strength. He should be lining up to get after the passer. Because of that, teams are excited about his potential. Has the quickness to get around tackles. Has long arms and excellent vision, and will pursue the ball down the field.
Needs to add upper-body strength. He can be knocked off his pass rush by the types of powerful offensive tackles he'll face in the NFL. Having only played defense for three seasons, still raw in some areas. Injury concerns are an issue.
They said it: "He's got frightening athletic skills, and he's a year away. He would be a situational pass-rusher Year One, and if he puts 20 pounds on, I think he's going to be a perennial All-Pro." – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock
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