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Was doing (preliminary) research on the pass rushing DE/OLB in the senior bowl.

Just some basic stats really. Am waiting for the combine for other measurables (bench press etc.) If there are any players that aren't in the senior bowl and may be taken in the first 3 rounds let me know. Anyway....

OLB/DE:

  1. Quintin Coples
  2. Melvin Ingram
  3. Courtney Upshaw
  4. Jack Crawford
  5. Vinny Curry
  6. Shea Mclellin
  7. Billy Winn
  8. Whitney Mercilus
  9. Nick Perry

Grade Key:

10-8 first round

7-5 2nd round

(Note: 1st round picks are usually expected to score a ratio of 1 or higher in the the Tackles for a Loss plus Sacks per Game Ratio (TFL+S per game))

Quintin Coples

Weight

281

Height

6’6’’

Age

21

Games

50

Sacks

30

Tackles for a loss

35.5

Sacks+tackles for a loss

65.5

S+TFL per game

1.31

Grade:

6-7

Straight up, Coples has a bad attitude problem. He has a bad work ethos, and I sure as hell don't someone with that problem on my team. His talent is incredible, but big talent+bad work ethos= draft bust

Melvin Ingram

Weight

276

Height

6’1’’

Age

22

Games

50

Sacks

21

Tackles for a loss

30.5

Sacks+tackles for a loss

51

S+TFL per game

1.03

Grade:

9

Although Ingram's stats aren't great, they are first round worthy and he has shown great wiilingness to work, loyalty to his school, and great awareness and athletic ability in his interceptions, fumbles returns and he also has a 43.5 yards per rushing attempt stat haha (fake punts ran). His height is a problem though.

Courtney Upshaw

Weight

273

Height

6’1’’

Age

22

Games

53

Sacks

17.5

Tackles for a loss

36.5

Sacks+tackles for a loss

54

S+TFL per game

1.02

Grade:

8

Upshaw went to a great school in the crimson tide, won a national championship, and forced two fumbles. No doubt a great prospect. The fact that the phins may have to run a hybrid defence due to lack of perfect pieces for either 4-3 or 3-4 means that this could be a good pickup for the dolphins as he can play both with great versitility.

Jack Crawford

Weight

268

Height

6’5’’

Age

22?

Games

51

Sacks

14

Tackles for a loss

26.5

Sacks+tackles for a loss

54

S+TFL per game

0.795

Grade:

6

Great measurements, 2nd-3rd round worthy stats. He started at a great school in Penn State. Is only playing the sport a few years and has the explosiveness to play basketball. This is a fantastic prospect who may not make a splash in his rookie year, but will be a dominant force for years to come with proper coaching.

Vinny Curry

Weight

265

Height

6’3’’

Age

23

Games

45

Sacks

26.5

Tackles for a loss

49

Sacks+tackles for a loss

75.5

S+TFL per game

1.6777

Grade:

8

Curry comes from a small school but has monster stats not too far away from Von Miller's college stats. On first glance it looks like he will be a good player, but his competition appeared weak in college, and his combine results and senior bowl performance will reveal much.

Shea Mclellin

Weight

248

Height

6’3’’

Age

22?

Games

45

Sacks

19.5

Tackles for a loss

32

Sacks+tackles for a loss

51.5

S+TFL per game

1.05

Grade:

5

Decent stats, but he went to Boise state, combine and senior bowl will reveal a lot, but I'm not expecting first round performance.

Billy Winn

Weight

296

Height

6’3’’

Age

22?

Games

53

Sacks

16.5

Tackles for a loss

37.5

Sacks+tackles for a loss

54

S+TFL per game

1.02

Grade:

6

Pretty much the same story as Mclellin but he is much heavier which will suit the NFL more.

Whitney Mercilus

Weight

265

Height

6’4’’

Age

21

Games

37

Sacks

18

Tackles for a loss

29

Sacks+tackles for a loss

47

S+TFL per game

1.27

Grade:

8

Nick Perry

Weight

250

Height

6’3’’

Age

21

Games

37

Sacks

21.5

Tackles for a loss

30.5

Sacks+tackles for a loss

52

S+TFL per game

1.41

Grade:

8

Note: height and weight are unofficial for Perry and Mercilus as unlike others Perry and Mercilus have not been measured officially. They are probably shorter and lighter/heavier than recorded. Will change at combine. Also, it is important to realise that Mercilus' and Perry's stats appear not as good as they should be as unlike others, they have not had a senior year to balance outtheir freshman and sophomore years.

I will revisit this position after the combine and also also review the strength of schedule of the top 2 or 3 prospects.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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