NFL Scouting Combine Workout Analysis: Defensive Ends

    The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine quick analysis on the workouts of every prospect: the defensive ends

    February 28, 2016


    The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine quick analysis of the workouts of every prospect: the defensive ends.


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    Mehdi Abdesmad, Boston College, 6-5, 243

    Okay. He’s not big, but he moved okay. He just wasn’t athletic enough overall to put him as a true tweener with good size for the run, but enough speed to get behind the line.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Sterling Bailey, Georgia, 6-4, 262

    Way too slow. He’s built like an outside linebacker, but he didn’t blow through the short drills and didn’t have enough explosion. He’s a better football player than a workout prospect, but he could be a core special teamer.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Jimmy Bean, Oklahoma State, 6-5, 264

    He didn’t run trying to get over a torn ACL, but he measured well. The 20 reps on the bench were a bit light, though.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Ronald Blair, Appalachian State, 6-2, 284

    It was a great workout moving just well enough to not look lumbering in the various drills with good quickness. He wasn’t blazing around the short drills, but for his size, the 5.15 40 showed he wasn’t painfully unathletic. The 32 reps on the bench were tremendous – he’s a powerful end.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Joey Bosa, Ohio State, 6-5, 269

    Ehhhhh, it was fine. The 24 reps on the bench were good enough, but not great, and the 4.86 40 was more than fine. There’s no question he’s a top prospect, but a No. 1 overall pick defensive end needs to be a little smoother and a little bit more fluid. All that really matters workout-wise is his quickness, and he flew around the cones and shuttles without any sort of a problem. There wasn’t anything wrong with the workout, but it wasn’t eye-popping.
    Projection: First Round

    DeForest Buckner, Oregon, 6-7, 291

    He was everything you might have wanted to see. Not only was he really, really big, but he was stunningly quick through the short drills and smooth throughout his movements. There was no downside to his workout showing off freakish ability to get on the move, and best of all, there’s still plenty to work with. It was a good enough workout to get people thinking there might be a chance he goes before Joey Bosa.
    Projection: First Round

    Jonathan Bullard, Florida, 6-3, 285

    He’s a true end/tackle tweener, and he showed enough to be either one depending on the scheme with a sub-5.0 40 and good quickness through the short drills of a much smaller player. He jumped well, ran great, and looked like he could be just good enough to slide into the first round.
    Projection: Second Round

    Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State, 6-4, 251

    He did exactly what he needed to do. He’s tall and thin, and he’s not bulky, but that meant he had to be quick. He was exactly that with one of the best cone and shuttle drills among the ends with a strong 35” vertical. If the goal was to be athletic enough to look like an NFL pass rusher, he did it.
    Projection: Third Round

    Kamalei Correa, Boise State, 6-3, 243

    Considering he’s really a 3-4 outside linebacker and not really a defensive end, he blew past everyone else. He might be too light to be a regular end against the run, but he was smooth as silk in all the drills and came up with a fantastic 4.69 in the 40. While he might have been just okay as an outside linebacker, he could turn into a pass rushing outside threat.
    Projection: Third Round

    James Cowser, Southern Utah, 6-3, 248

    One of the scouting favorites, he’s a tweener and more of an outside linebacker, but he’s also really, really quick. The fastest defensive end in the three-cone and 20-yard drills, he made up for his mediocre jumps by moving like everyone was hoping for.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Kevin Dodd, Clemson, 6-5, 277

    While he didn’t do everything, he ran extremely well taking off for a 4.86 40 while looking the exact right part of an NFL defensive end. He has the frame and the strength to be a first rounder, but he’ll need to rock his pro day.
    Projection: First Round

    Jason Fanaika, Utah, 6-2, 271

    Explosive for his size, he came up with one of the better verticals getting up 35.5” to go along with a good-enough 4.92 40. One of the quicker defensive ends, and looking good in the drills with decent hips, he helped his stock.
    Projection: Third Round

    Branden Jackson, Texas Tech, 6-4, 273

    There needed to be something about his workout that stood out from the pack, and there wasn’t. He has a good body and the right frame, but he was just a shade slower and a little bit less athletic than the key ends.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Matt Judon, Grand Valley State, 6-3, 275

    That’s what you do if you’re from Grand Valley State and you’re looking to get drafted. At 275 pounds his 4.73 40 was eye-popping. With the 30 reps on the bench and the explosiveness in the jumps – he cranked up a 35” vertical – it was an outstanding workout.
    Projection: Sixth Round

    Ufomba Kamalu, Miami, 6-5, 295

    It’s going to get ignored compared to all the amazing defensive linemen in Indy, but he helped himself. He was strong enough on the bench with 26 reps to suggest he could be a tackle, and the movement in the workouts was good enough. He’s a run stopper, but he can move.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Bronson Kaufusi, BYU, 6-6, 285

    Really, really, really quick, he was one of the best through the shuttle and cone drills, and ran like an outside linebacker throughout several of the other drills. With a 4.87 40 and decent leaps, it was the workout he needed to have to help cement his stop as a top 100 pick.
    Projection: Third Round

    Shaq Lawson, Clemson, 6-3, 269

    WHOA. He was already a first round pick, but with a 4.21 in the 20-yard shuttle, the short-range quickness stood out. The 4.7 40 was phenomenal – he ran like a wide receiver in this class. Really athletic to go along with all the other skills, and he didn’t do anything but help himself.
    Projection: First Round

    Dean Lowry, Northwestern, 6-6, 296

    Considering he’s almost 300 pounds, he was outstanding in the short drills with an amazing burst. Everything checked off with a great workout the entire weekend, helped even more with a 4.87 40.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Alex McCalister, Florida, 6-6, 239

    He looked like a big wide receiver more than an end. He’s more of an outside linebacker than a true defensive end, but no matter where he’s put he’ll be explosive. The 4.8 40 was a bit disappointing, but he crushed the broad jump of 10’8” and came up with the fastest 20-yard shuttle and was great in the three-cone. His problems aren’t with his athleticism.
    Projection: Seventh Round

    Carl Nassib, Penn State, 6-7, 277

    It was good enough. There wasn’t anything eye-popping, and he didn’t crush anything to make any of the scout drool, but he was right there with everyone else with good quickness and jumping ability. A lot of it didn’t look quite right, but he did what he needed to do to stay in the second round range.
    Projection: Second Round

    Giorgio Newberry, Florida State, 6-5, 285

    It wasn’t good enough to make anyone draft him. He looked the part and he moved well for a 285-pound tweener, but he needed to blast the workout to another level to get noticed, and he didn’t.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Yannick Ngakoue, Maryland, 6-2, 252

    While he wasn’t quite quick enough for a smallish outside linebacker type of end, he came up with some nice leaps, a 4.75 40, and he did his part to look like a potential situational pass rusher.
    Projection: Fifth Round

    Dadi Nicolas, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 235

    He’s just a weird, tough prospect to figure out a spot for. He’s way too small to be a true end, and the 4.74 – while good – wasn’t blazing enough for a guy his size. But he jumped out of the stadium with an end-high 41” vertical. He did what he needed to do to be quick, but he’s a bit stiff.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Shawn Oakman, Baylor, 6-8, 287

    Did he do anything at a super-human level? No, but he did blow up a 10”3” broad jump and the sub-5.0 40 was good enough. He didn’t crank up the bench with just 23 reps, but he was quick for a guy his size. He’s a polarizing pick, and the workout didn’t do anything to change that.
    Projection: Third Round

    Victor Ochi, Stony Brook, 6-1, 246

    A short outside linebacker, he wasn’t slow, but he wasn’t fast enough. Fortunately, he was quick – as expected – he proved he’ll work in a 3-4 and not as a true end. He looked like a potential situational pass rusher and top special teamer.
    Projection: Fifth Round

    Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 273

    Kaboom. While there might be several question marks about his consistency, as a pure prospect he might have had the best workout of any end with 4.63 in his 40 and with tremendous jumps. With a rocked up body and great movement in the short drills, he has to go in the second round.
    Projection: Second Round

    Romeo Okwara, Notre Dame, 6-5, 265

    He might be just scratching the surface, and this workout showed it. He wasn’t quite quick enough for a player of his size, but he jumped well and he looked good. He’ll likely be more of a 275-pound end once he gets a bit older.
    Projection: Fifth Round

    Drew Ott, Iowa, 6-4, 273

    He’s still trying to get healthy, but that could be a positive. It’s strange – he’s waiting to hear from the NCAA on his medical redshirt case and would probably return to school if he got a favorable ruling. That’s why he went through the process to interview and the medical exams, but didn’t do anything else.
    Projection: Free Agent

    D.J. Pettway, Alabama, 6-2, 265

    It was a nice workout, but not a great one. He wasn’t quick enough considering his size, and it wasn’t explosive, but he’s not going to be a pass rusher. He’ll have to be a do-it-all run stopper and a good fill-in defender – he’s just not an elite athlete.
    Projection: Fifth Round

    Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky, 6-2, 251

    Could he have just lost the first round? He’s supposed to be a speed rusher, but the 4.8 40 seemed like it took forever. Fortunately, he did everything else at a high level looking terrifically quick in the short drills and ripped up a huge broad jump of over 10”. With explosive leaps and 25 reps on the bench, he’s still going to go in the top 30, but he’s not Von Miller.
    Projection: First Round

    Charles Tapper, Oklahoma, 6-3, 271

    Really, really nice. For a 271-pounder, to run a smooth 4.59 40 was incredible. He moved like a linebacker through the drills, jumped well, and was outstanding throughout. It’ll be tough to find a true position for him, but he’ll move up the charts based on his skills.
    Projection: Third Round

    Ron Thompson, Syracuse, 6-3, 254

    It wasn’t good enough to stand out. He wasn’t speedy for his size, and he didn’t show off anything to change any initial thoughts. He’s a good athlete and nice prospect as a special teamer, but that might be about it.
    Projection: Free Agent

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