Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina (HT: 6’3 ¾”, WT: 297 lbs)
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- Impressive awareness, anticipates where the play is going and generally takes good angles to the ball.
- Displays the initial quickness to cross his opponent and win the leverage battle, often attacking the blocker’s inside shoulder.
- Flashes a strong punch, extending his arms and creating space between him and his man. Capable of walking linemen back and collapsing the pocket.
- Shows some burst, closing the gap on quarterbacks or ball-carriers when running in a straight line.
- Versatile interior lineman. Has played 1-, 2- and 3-tech in a four-man front along with nose tackle in 3-4 looks. Could appeal to NFL teams that employ a three- or four-man front.
- Good hand placement. Knows where to position his hands to outleverage blockers and keep them at a safe distance.
- Shows the ability to control opponents at the point of attack, getting under their pads and occasionally making tackles when he is being blocked.
- Plays with a good motor, giving a solid effort on a snap-to-snap basis. Will fight to get off blocks and chase the ball to the sideline.
- Has good size for an interior lineman and should be capable of putting on or shedding weight depending on his role.
- Showed a lot of improvement as a junior, as he led his team in tackles for loss and sacks. Still has a lot of room to grow as a player.
- May have made a wise move to declare for the NFL draft as a junior, where his stock appears to be peaking.
- Must improve his pad level. Often comes off the ball too high, sacrificing his leverage and making it easy for opponents to get into his body. Can be washed down the line against the run.
- Average athlete. Lacks the explosiveness, lateral agility and change-of-direction ability of a prototypical 3-tech at the next level.
- Not the pass-rusher that the box score indicates; he racked up coverage sacks and came in unblocked on many of his plays behind the line of scrimmage.
- Lacks the anchor strength to hold up to double-teams and take on two-gapping responsibilities.
- Does not get off blocks quickly enough and lacks go-to moves to consistently disrupt the backfield.
- You would like to see him play with more violence and ferocity.
- Failed to stand out in his position group at the NFL Scouting Combine.
- Does not get his hands up into passing lanes.
- Benefited greatly from the havoc wreaked by teammate Jadaveon Clowney and was granted more space due to the attention he attracted.
- Essentially a one-year wonder that did not sustain high levels of production throughout his college career
- Second-team All-American 2013.
- First-team All-SEC 2013.
- Served a one-game suspension in 2012 for punching an opponent.
- Public health major.
Despite being overshadowed by Jadaveon Clowney on the Gamecocks defense, Kelcy Quarles led the team in tackles for loss and sacks on his way to garnering second-team All-American honors. Although he benefited from the presence of his highly touted teammate, his progress as a junior is not to be ignored. A versatile interior defender with initial quickness and good awareness, Quarles could fit in most defensive schemes.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round
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