Nov. 9, 2005 - The Ted Hendricks Foundation announced today the finalists for the 2005 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. The finalists include Louisville's Elvis Dumervil, Mississippi State's Willie Evans, Penn State University's Tamba Hali, Boston College's Mathias Kiwanuka, Rutgers...[details]
Pros:: Has an explosive first step off the edge that wins early on the down with his speed and explosiveness. He is a hard worker who gets the most out of his fine athleticism. He has fast hands and feet to work the blocker with good technique plus the change-of-direction skills to quickly counter inside. He has very good speed and he can fly all over the field to make the play, showing good pursuit skills. Cons:: He can struggle at the point of attack against big offensive tackles, though he holds the edge well enough to stretch the play out. He can have a hard time getting off blocks at the point-of-attack versus a 300-pound tackle and needs hand technique development to improve his ability to separate from blockers. He has little growth potential and needs to be in the right scheme and moved around to be most effective. Numbers: At the Combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds and did 27 reps in the 225-pound bench press. He had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-1 broad jump and decent agility drills. As a senior, he started all 13 games and had 48 tackles, 10 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and forced 35 QB hurries.
This is special to Rivals.com from Frank Coyle. Coyle has written about the NFL Draft in his newsletter for more than...[Complete Bio]