Breeland Speaks NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Kansas City Chiefs' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

File-This Sept. 24, 2016, file photo shows Mississippi defensive tackle Breeland Speaks (9) rushing Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason (10) into a pass in the second half of their NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss.  The Rebels have outscored opponents 41-6 in the first quarter and 107-33 in the first half. The second-half Rebels improved against Georgia. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
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POSITIVES

—Fired up all the time and extremely competitive.

—Has some varied moves as a pass-rusher and can mix and match techniques.

—Above-average athlete given his size.

—Ability to get skinny through backside gaps and make stops on wide zone runs to the opposite side.

—Good punch timing and extension.

              

NEGATIVES

—Moved all over for Ole Miss but never found eye-popping production at any spot.

—Limited player who is likely only an end in a 3-4 scheme.

—Ejected from two games and plays with too much emotion, which can disrupt production.

—Leverage is a concern and will create some plays where he's on skates.

—Will take some shots that cause problems with offensive players in the NFL.

                  

OVERALL

Speaks is a revved-up player who needs to learn to contain some of the emotions that dominate his play. He has the size and athletic ability to be a quality end in a 3-4 scheme, but the recklessness that he plays with is a concern at the next level. Teams will expect him to rein some of that in to be a consistent contributor in the NFL.

               

GRADE: 5.75 (Round 4-5)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Nick Fairley, free agent

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