View Full Version : Sleeper at Defensive End?

02-15-2009, 10:17 AM
Ever heard of this dude? Interesting writeup about him:

Everette Pedescleaux, DE, Northern Iowa


Pedescleaux, a one-time finalist for Minnesota’s “Mr. Basketball” award, has certainly found his way on the football field. After three years developing his game as defensive lineman, Pedescleaux finally had his breakout campaign as a senior. He recorded 62 tackles, 11½ TFL (tackles for loss) and 6½ sacks, good enough to earn him AP Football Championship Series third-team All-America honors.

Scout’s Take

A tall (6-6), long-armed lineman who displays excellent overall athleticism for his size. He’s a gifted physical specimen with a quick first step and rare straight-line speed (4.9) at the position. Plays with natural flexibility and has a lot of tools to work with. Works hard in pursuit and has the toughness to line up inside at DT and work against the double-team. Is very competitive and doesn’t take plays off. Is still very raw and has a lot of work to do from a technical standpoint. Lacks great overall strength but has the frame and natural skill set to develop.


With more NFL teams searching for potential five-technique defensive linemen, Pedescleaux’s name will certainly be a topic of conversation in draft rooms around the NFL. Although he played predominantly as the three-technique at Northern Iowa, his skill set, size and length scream 3-4 DE. He is still raw and will need some time to develop his strength and overall technique. But the guy has one of the most intriguing skill sets of any defensive lineman in the draft, and I can’t imagine a team not taking a flier on him in the later rounds. He simply possesses too much upside and potential.

Sounds like he's built perfectly for a 3/4 Defensive End. Keisel and Smith are both built like that and remember Smith when he came in from Northern Colorado? Tall and skinny, former hoops player.

Like the man said, could be worth a flyer in the later rounds?

Mister Pittsburgh
02-15-2009, 10:33 AM
I have heard some players on the team say Keisel is the best hoops player on the team. He supposedly 360 degree dunks in the charity games the Steelers play in.

02-15-2009, 12:35 PM
I saw these rankings on Yahoo

1. Jarron Gilbert, San Jose State (6-5, 287)
2. Tyson Jackson, LSU (6-4, 295)
3. Everette Pedescleaux, Northern Iowa (6-6, 305)
4. Ra’Shon Harris, Oregon (6-4, 300)
5. Kyle Moore, USC (6-5, 273)
6. Zach Potter, Nebraska (6-7, 277)
7. Pannel Egboh, Stanford (6-6, 272)
8. Khalif Mitchell, East Carolina (6-5, 317)
9. Jeremy Navarre, Maryland (6-3, 285)
10. Bobby Greenwood, Alabama (6-5, 280)

Looks like his stock is going to rise after the combine. Jaron now has become a No.1 3-4 DE. Interesting.

02-15-2009, 03:45 PM
Heard an interesting discussion about 3/4 defensive ends the other day on Sirius NFL Radio. Tim Ryan was talking about how specific the position is size-wise.

Anyway, he got a bit technical, but he mentioned how it's important that they are like 6'4 to 6'7 so they don't have to completely straighten their legs to locate the ball and the QB. If they have to stand up to see what's going on, they'll lose their leverage and get pancaked.

He specifically mentioned Chris Zorich from the Bears, whom he played with back in the 90's as a guy who would have been a superstar if he was 4-5 inches taller. Said he was a bull, super strong with great skills, but would have to stand up to see what was going on and would get blocked too easily.

Pretty interesting stuff.

02-16-2009, 03:14 AM
Rulon Davis might also be a sleeper 3-4 DE.

From NFL Draft Scout:
A former Marine who served time in Iraq, Davis' rare blend of size and athleticism has NFL scouts imagining him as a part of their own front line of defense. After his military service, Davis played with Mt. San Antonio College, emerging as one of the top junior college prospects in the nation despite switching to the defensive side of the ball. Davis had played along the offensive line throughout his entire high school career. In three seasons at California, Davis consistently flashed first-day talent -- and posted four sacks and two forced fumbles in only seven starts as senior. Davis, 25, has yet to finish a season healthy, playing in only 21 of 38 games.

Positives: Rare combination of size and athleticism. ... Prototype size and build for the position. ... Good initial quickness off the snap and can put the offensive tackle on his heels. ... Good lateral quickness and balance to spin back to the inside and can close when the ballcarrier is near. ... Good size and strength at the point of attack and flashes the ability to split the double-team. ... Reliable wrap-up tackler who can break down in space and make the open-field tackle against smaller, quicker athletes. ... Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter. ... Gives good effort in pursuit. ... Willing to play through pain, though durability is a concern. ... High character grade. ... Former Marine who goes all out.
Negatives: Durability concern. ... Missed time each of the past three seasons with repeated leg injuries and had his legs run over in a traffic accident in July 2005. ... Requires extensive medical checkup at the Combine. ... Older than most rookies due to his military service.

Rulon Davis Draft Interview:
http://thefootballexpert.com/rulondavis ... 90001.html (http://thefootballexpert.com/rulondavis2009nfldraftinterview090001.html)