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Kemoko Turay NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Indianapolis Colts' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, right, scrambles away from Rutgers defensive lineman Kemoko Turay during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Jay LaPrete/Associated Press

POSITIVES

—An explosive, twitchy edge-rusher with range to run down ball-carriers.

—Has a nice frame for an outside linebacker at 6'5" and 253 pounds.

—Wrap-up tackler who uses his length well to secure runners.

—Is still relatively new to football after only playing two years in high school. His best ball is ahead of him.

—Was excellent in Senior Bowl practices, which caused a re-evaluation of his tape.

        

NEGATIVES

—Had two surgeries on his right shoulder in 2016.

—Best production was as a redshirt freshman (7.5 sacks).

—Can be shut down if a blocker gets hands on him due to his lack of strength and extra pass-rush moves.

—Doesn't have the hips to drop into coverage and can be tight turning the edge as a rusher.

—Disappears in the run game.

          

OVERALL

Kemoko Turay looked like a future first-rounder after his redshirt freshman season, but injuries took him off the radar for two years. A healthy 2017 showed he still has the traits to provide potential day-one impact as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

             

GRADE: 6.50 (Round 2-3)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Bruce Irvin, Oakland Raiders

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