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Victor Dimukeje NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Arizona Cardinals Edge

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Miami quarterback N'Kosi Perry (5) is tackled by Duke defensive end Victor Dimukeje (51) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Duke won 20-12. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lynne Sladky/Associated Press


HEIGHT:
 6'1 1/2"

WEIGHT: 262

             

POSITIVES

—Good extension for sub-6'2" defensive lineman.

—Has quick, developed hands that he bases his game out of.

—Great leverage allows him to consistently produce at the college level.

            

NEGATIVES

—Foot speed is going to cause him issues in the NFL.

—Hand placement is inconsistent, no matter the level of activity and violence.

—Overall, he's not a very strong defensive end.

—Bend is an issue, limiting his pass-rushing potential.

               

2020 STATISTICS

39 TKL, 8 TFL, 7.5 SK, 1 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF

               

NOTES

—Did not play much football as a youth—he was more interested in soccer upon arriving in the U.S. from Nigeria at eight years old. Started playing football in eighth grade.

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 —Was named an all-state defensive tackle as a prep in Maryland.

—Was a freshman All-American in 2017.

—Made 49 starts in his career at Duke.

                 

OVERALL

Victor Dimukeje is a tough, physical, smart defensive end, but he lacks the athleticism of an NFL player at the position. He may be able to crack a rotation off his productive college career, but it's difficult to see how he develops into a starting NFL player.

With not much upside on special teams, again because of athleticism issues, he will have to consistently battle to make a roster through his NFL career. On run downs, he has the potential to spell starting players without being a liability against the run, which may be enough of a sell to keep him on a team beyond the 2021 season.

GRADE: 6.3/10 (Round 7)

OVERALL RANK268/300

POSITION RANK: EDGE35

PRO COMPARISON: Anthony Winbush

              

Written by B/R NFL Scout Justis Mosqueda

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