Prospect: Kawann Short, DL, Purdue
Grade: 6.9 (Grading Scale)
+Solid size and bulk, will be interesting to see if 6’3″ is actual height
+Shows good initial quickness off the snap, great first step
+Very strong, especially through his lower body
+Can’t move him with just one player, solid anchoring strength
+Motor has improved from the beginning of his college career
+Has the length to keep blockers at bay
-Doesn’t play well in space, not explosive laterally
-Conditioning is a factor, might be a 30-35 snap guy initially
+Adept at tracking down scrambling quarterbacks
+Shows some arm-over, rip, hesitation and spin moves
+Bull rush effective when pad level is down
-Too often content to be blocked when initially stopped
-Needs to develop some counters and a more consistent second effort
-Speed rush on the outside is ineffective
+Can use his strength to shed blockers
+Quick enough to shoot gaps and disrupt plays in the backfield
-Inconsistent anchor against double teams, plays on skates at times
-Too often gets locked onto by offensive linemen
-Gets angled out of the play, especially when playing DE
+Flashes good hand usage and placement, but needs to be more consistent
+Splits gaps effectively, makes a lot of splash plays
+Keeps a nice base, occasionally is too narrow and gets off balance
-Needs to keep shoulders square, will get turned and leveraged at times
-Pad level is inconsistent, needs to stay lower
-Fails to get arms up to influence passing lames when stopped
+Plays a variety of positions (NT, DT, DE)
-Doesn’t seem to recognize plays quickly
-Has trouble locating the ball at times
+Two year team captain
+Leader in the weight room
Short has obvious talent. What he’ll make of it at the next level remains to be seen. If he can keep his effort level up from play to play and through the whistle, he can be an absolute menace against the run and the pass.
Able to play the nose, 3-tech and 5-tech positions is a big plus for Short.
-Triple-teamed by all three interior linemen.
-Getting a bit upright when trying to the power rush late in the half.
-Strong inside move over the RT flushes Carder out of the pocket.
-Thrown to ground, completely off balance.
-Pushed back by TE and OT, on skates.
-Dead feet, looks content to be blocked in passing game.
Last Updated: June 20, 2012