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[6th round #177] Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest

Discussion in 'Houston Texans' started by J.R., Apr 28, 2018.

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Do you like the selection of Duke Ejiofor?

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  1. J.R.

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    nfl overage is saying hes a 3-4 rounder. He fell due to injury concerns. Hes also from Houston.
     
  4. whag00

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    Local kid
     
  5. red5rocket

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    Know nothing of him but not mad at it
     
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    Why another edge rusher though? We kinda are loaded in that dept.
     
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    The twitterati seems to like him...appears to be good value here.
     
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    I guess we're going the udfa route for running backs
     
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    Not if they make him play OLB. There's a need in that area
     
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    um.....no...we are not. He is a DE......the Texans had to sign Lamar Houston last season. You didn't have anyone at OLB.........after Mercilus and Scarlett went down. You also had no pass rusher when JJ went down....after Clowney.
     
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    Bo Scarborough still on the board
     
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    You can really come off extremely irritable and annoying. I dont know if you are, or youre not but you always seem to be. You need better posting etiquette.
     
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    Could be a good RB if healed up.
     
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    https://www.nfl.com/prospects/duke-ejiofor?id=32462018-0002-5598-6830-88c6e5e5499d

    Ejiofor's parents emigrated from Nigeria years ago, and you can tell by Duke and his siblings' names (Prince, Kingsley) that they come from royalty in that country. As fitting as his first name is, his last name is even more apt for his NFL future, as it is pronounced EDGE-eh-for. His edge rushing prowess was on full display in 2016, when he showed off a growing frame, closing speed, and a spin move to garner third-team All-ACC from league coaches and media with 50 tackles, 17 for loss, 10.5 sacks, an interception, three pass break-ups and two forced fumbles. He showed glimpses of that talent as a sophomore despite missing the first five games of the year with concussion symptoms. Ejiofor played in seven games that year, leading the team with 4.5 sacks among his 28 stops, 7.5 for loss. As a redshirt freshman, he played in 10 contests (missing the final two games with his first concussion), making 12 tackles and two sacks.
     
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    ESPN: Ejiofor has the size and length to set the edge, but he's not a physical tone-setter. He is a crafty and productive pass-rusher who grades out as a rotational backup LDE with the versatility to kick inside on passing downs.

    Rotoworld: Texans selected Wake Forest DE Duke Ejiofor with the No. 177 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Ejiofor (6’4/264) was a two-year starter and three-year contributor for the Demon Deacons, tallying 41 career tackles for loss and 23.5 sacks. Ejiofor tore the labrum in his right shoulder early last October and played through it, still logging 43 QB pressures but seeing his sack total dip from 10.5 as a junior to 6.5 as a senior. Ejiofor had surgery in February and suffered two known concussions in college. When healthy, Ejiofor is a long-armed (34 7/8") finesse rusher whose toughness was questioned by scouts.

    CBS Sports: (A) NFL-sized DE who can kick inside to DT to rush the passer. Long, heavy hands he uses well. Not twitchy but powerful. Awesome DL depth. | Long-limbed. Frequently uses swipe/swim to keep offensive linemen away from his frame. before they get into his body. More of fluid athlete than twichy one. Not great deal of bend or dip around the edge, and he has tendency to slow down at pass-rushing apex. Awareness and hand use work wonders against the run. With some coaching, he can be a quality, well-rounded player.

    SI: Scouting Report: Ejoifor won with an unusually advanced set of pass-rush moves at the collegiate level; he’s nuanced, efficient and creative when it comes to hand usage. The question is how well it will work at the NFL level, since Ejiofor is a middling athlete. His draft season has also been complicated by labrum surgery. He carries some risk, but his advanced game might allow him to step in as a quality No. 2 pass rusher.
     
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    https://www.nfl.com/prospects/duke-ejiofor?id=32462018-0002-5598-6830-88c6e5e5499d

    Draft Projection: Rounds 3-4
    NFL Comparison: Matt Judon

    Overview
    Ejiofor looked a little quicker and more fluid last season, but he's not a naturally gifted athlete. Ejiofor's game revolves around his heavy hands and his ability to finish as a rusher if a blocker gives him an opening. Ejiofor needs to play with better play speed and a more consistent motor to reach his potential, but his natural strength and ability to harass the quarterback as an interior rusher on sub packages gives him a chance to find some early playing time even if he's a backup.

    Strengths
    • Possesses a mature approach as a pass rusher
    • Crafts his attack to his strengths and knows who he is
    • Uses arm length to keep tackles away from his frame at the top of the rush
    • Adequate ability to dip and flatten at the top of the arc
    • Flashed exciting potential as a reduced rusher inside
    • Sets up guards with stutter steps before hand work and shoulder turn pulls him around their edge and into quarterback's face
    • Tight spin counter has NFL potential with more work
    • Naturally powerful
    • Has violent efficient hands that carry some jolt in them
    • Uses slap moves and swipes to clear the edge blockers
    • Heavy tackler
    • Plays with decent base strength and shows some grit when he's fighting back against wash down blocks
    Weaknesses
    • Slow-twitch and subpar athlete
    • Doesn't get off the ball with plus initial quickness or sting behind his pads at the point of attack
    • Can't sink and change directions quickly
    • Lacks the hips and movement skills to play in space
    • Below average pursuit speed limits tackle range
    • Won't threaten edges as upfield rusher
    • Stiff punch puts him in neutral
    • Needs to play downhill and needs to win early or motor begins to wane
    • Doesn't have agility to make many sudden tackles
    • Tallied unusual number of broken tackles by his standard
    • Missed nine games over three different seasons due to injury including the first five in 2015 due to a concussion
     
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    Like this pick. His tape is good. If he can stay healthy, he can be a good 3rd DE.
     
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    And OL
     
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