Pernell McPhee - Mississippi St. (HT: 6-2⅞ - WT: 274) Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 13 of 55
Positives: Solid pass rusher... Reasonably good quickness... Good length... Long arms... Pressures the pocket... Gets in the backfield... Can collapse the pocket... Plays with leverage... Good strength... Good power... Bull rusher... Sheds and gets off blocks reasonably well... Reasonably good strength at POA... Very solid body control... Good spin and swim moves... Plays the run well... Stout at the point of attack... Gets good leverage... Maintains containment... Chases the action... Very solid lateral mobility... Gives good effort and plays with intensity... Occasionally lines up at linebacker and can apply pressure inside, has defended four passes... Fairly fluid hips... Solid drops in coverage... Good motor... Disciplined... Well-liked by coaches and teammates... Has not missed a game in two seasons at Mississippi State... Was an All-American both seasons at junior college, had 13.5 sacks as a sophomore... Selected All-SEC second team for the 2009 season... Good fit as 4-3 LDE or 3-4 5-technique DE.
Negatives: Not overly explosive... Lacks real suddenness to his game... Not overly flexible... Does not change direction real well... Lacks overall instincts... A bit slow around the edge, can be taken out of plays when forced outside... Will not be an explosive pass rusher in the NFL... Can over pursue on run plays... Can wear down toward the end of games... Production was limited this season, did not have a sack through first 10 games... Did not take his game to another level after a very solid junior season... Only two seasons at Mississippi St., played from 2007-2008 at Itawamba Community College.
(January 28) --
The week of Senior Bowl practices are over, but more coverage is on the way.
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