Kasim Edebali, OLB, Boston College (HT: 6’2” WT: 253 lbs)
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- Terrific snap anticipation to get off the ball.
- Instinctive pass rusher who feels blockers and processes information quickly.
- Has flexibility to bend around the corner when he gets a step on speed rushes.
- Flashes a devastating spin move that has potential to be even more down the road.
- Shows lateral quickness to engage blockers and then jump to the side and accelerate past in flashes.
- Gets hands up to deflect passes at the line of scrimmage with regularity.
- Plays with his eyes up and finds the ball consistently from the outside.
- Uses balance and relentlessness to continually press blockers and be able to take advantage of any slip-up.
- Can engage multiple blockers and clog up plays at the line of scrimmage as a run defender.
- Has long speed to chase down ball carriers in pursuit.
- Plays with a “bull in a china shop” style that overwhelms opponents.
- Gets himself into plays that other wouldn’t through sheer effort and drive.
- Durable player with experience at the college level with 40 career starts.
- Statistical production improved every season.
- Is not a player with endless athletic potential by any means.
- Has more build-up speed than he has an explosive first step.
- Not the most fluid and coordinated mover.
- Lacks functional strength from his lower body.
- Hands aren’t overly heavy-hitting in their usage.
- Doesn’t utilize hands to work effective pass rush moves regularly enough.
- Needs to learn how to set up pass rush moves.
- Can be too reliant on and too quick to go to his spin move before he’s gotten the tackle off balance.
- Doesn’t generate power to get pass-blockers on their heels with any regularity.
- Left some plays on the field by not finishing when he got home as a rusher and missing the quarterback.
- Game experience in pass coverage is slim to none.
- Lacks optimal strength to stack blockers at the line of scrimmage and hold his ground defending the run.
- Raw hand usage limits his ability to create space and shed blocks in a timely fashion.
- Doesn’t make plays in the backfield often enough in run defense.
- A 2-star prospect as a recruit in class of 2009, unranked by Rivals.
- 2013 Second Team All-ACC.
- 2013 Team Co-Captain.
- Born in Germany and started football career in German leagues before coming to the United States and attending Boston College.
Kasim Edebali took a big step forward in 2013, especially as a pass rusher, and has vaulted himself into the draft conversation. That he has only been playing in American football leagues for five years now is a compliment to his development at this point. As his play and production indicate, the arrow on his football career is pointing up.
Edebali should be looked at as a depth player with potential to challenge for a starting job in a year or two when teams place him on their boards before draft day. He’s not an athletic freak, but is still learning how to use his hands and work an array of pass rush moves. If he can be taught that, a starting job, or at least a rotational rusher’s job, is in the cards. Edebali will get looks from teams running 4-3 and 3-4 formations.
Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round
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