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DE Ricky Sapp Scouting Report

DE Ricky Sapp, Clemson
Pos. Rank: 6 Grade: 2nd Round Height: 6-4 Weight: 252 40: 4.65 Year: 4-Sr.

The Good: Explosive college defensive end who will get consideration at outside linebacker in the NFL. Solid athlete who quickly changes direction, collapses down the line of scrimmage, and makes plays in every area of the field. Plays with good balance, knee bend, and gets leverage on opponents. Uses his hands to protect himself, displays an array of moves getting off blocks and fast up the field. Stood up over tackle, shows ability in pursuit, and quickly gets to the flanks, cutting off the sidelines from ball-carriers. Shows skill moving in reverse when dropped into coverage. Solid tackler who wraps up point of attack and brings ball-carriers down on initial contact. Slices to the inside of blocks, making plays up the field and easily redirects to the action.

The Bad: First move lineman who cannot get off blocks once engaged the point of attack. Has always been branded a better athlete than football player.

The Verdict: Sapp is a terrific NFL prospect and a player with a great amount of upside potential. He has the skills to be used in a variety of positions, but he will need time to develop his game. Solid prospect whose best football is ahead of him if he's able to stay healthy and continue to improve.

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