Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama (HT: 6’3” WT: 287 lbs)
Fifth Round: 160th Pick
NFL Comparison: Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers
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- Possesses significant raw power and plays with functional strength.
- Doesn’t let his pads get too high coming off the ball.
- Fine ability to stay balanced taking on blocks, maintains base and pad level.
- Was a more explosive athlete as a junior when playing at 100 percent.
- Always fires hands into blockers and stays active with them.
- Can reset the line of scrimmage and disrupt outside runs with penetration.
- Effective anchoring doubles or combo blocks and keeping shoulders square.
- Conditioned hands to shed blocks in a timely fashion to control two gaps.
- Throws aside blockers with impressive upper-body strength, no match for a tight end.
- Rarely gets hung up on blocks, creates space consistently.
- Strikes with power as a tackler while wrapping up ball-carriers.
- Has raw potential to be a technically sound pass-rusher with better utilization of power.
- Experienced on inside and outside of even fronts and at end in odd fronts with Alabama.
- Has lots of playing experience against a high level of competition.
- Rather stiff and unexceptional athlete.
- Lacks optimal length for a 3-4 end.
- Not the quickest to locate the football and diagnose play.
- Inconsistent initial quickness off the snap.
- Negligible burst to close on the ball when he gets off blocks.
- Infrequently makes disruptive plays in the backfield.
- Less effective playing off blocks to the outside to contain than playing off to inside gaps.
- Doesn’t project as an interior pass-rusher from nickel packages on passing downs.
- Lacks foot quickness to threaten pass blockers laterally and win with finesse moves.
- Ineffective on stunts and twists up front with a lack of quickness changing directions.
- Lacks any semblance of a repertoire of pass-rush moves.
- Isn’t a particularly effective power rusher, doesn’t compromise the balance of blockers with a punch.
- Struggles to anticipate and play off cut blocks.
- Lacks versatility for multiple schemes in the NFL.
- Has been plagued by nagging injuries.
- A 4-star prospect as a recruit, ranked 15th among weak side defensive ends, according to Rivals.
- Bowed out of Senior Bowl week with a groin issue that lingered throughout his senior season.
- Graduated with a degree in Sports Management.
Ed Stinson projects purely as a 3-4 defensive end who thrives as a run stopper but brings very little against the pass. His junior season had a lot more to show for it than his senior season, when he was hindered by a groin issue.
If he can get back to full health and stay there, he’s a sufficient athlete for an NFL defense and a prospect who can contribute right away. Stinson’s limitations as a rusher do him no favors as the league continues to trend toward offenses that spread the field and throw the football.
Draft Projection: 5th round
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