2014 NFL Draft Profile: Defensive End Kasim Edebali

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Could the German import be the late-round steal everyone always looks for on Draft Weekend?

Combine Numbers:

40 Yard Dash - 4.76
Vert. Jump - 34.5 inches
Broad Jump - 115 inches
Bench Press - 19 reps
20 Yard Shuttle - 4.35 sec
3-Cone Drill - 7.20 sec

Strengths:

Nearly every scouting report on Edebali remarks on his intelligence and snap anticipation.  He is very good at getting the first step on offensive linemen, and his motor is nonstop at getting after a quarterback on ball carrier.  I loved watching him go one-on-one with someone in the trenches mostly because I loved watching his hands power off blockers.  Every snap was a chess match, and watching him go straight ahead at blockers was to watch an exhibition of how to fill a hole and clog up lanes while attempting to get in the backfield.  He knows how to make plays either at or near the line of scrimmage.

Weaknesses:

Every scouting report I've read lists him as an outside linebacker.  He's an undersized defensive lineman, and while very smart, he's very limited physically.  No team is going to get raw power out of him, which means he can't be a pure defensive end.  But he's not that good at open field coverage, which limits his ceiling at the position.  He can rush the passer from a defensive line position, but rushing the passer as a linebacker when you lack power and rely on smarts is something entirely different.  His skill set is almost the exact opposite of his size, which makes him a conundrum of where he'd fit in when it comes to the league.  His playmaking ability came from an ability to use anticipation and intelligence, not raw power and skill.

Teams That Have Interest in Edebali

Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears

Team That Would Be The Best Fit

Tampa Bay is a team that should be looking for depth at defensive positions later in the draft.  Edebali could step into the team's linebacking corps and instantly be the biggest guy in the unit.  I don't think the Bucs really need a guy who they can pick up to be a starter, but if they can work with Edebali on his quickness and develop him in a system, he could use his motor to cover over the middle or rush the passer in specific situations.  For a team not looking for  defensive starter, Tampa could pick up some quality depth in the late rounds.

Projected Draft Round

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