Kenny Rowe - Oregon (HT: 6-3 - WT: 232) Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 12 of 30
Positives: Has good bulk for the position, looks more stout than listed weight... Shows good patience when getting blocked, will wait for opportunities to shed and make a play... Excellent pass-rushing productivity over the last two seasons (17.5 sacks, six forced fumbles)... Has a pretty high motor, not the fastest player, but does not give up on plays, is relentless in backside pursuit... Has a decent arsenal of pass-rushing moves, will utilize rip and spin moves on several occasions... Had a monster game against Ohio State in the 2010 Rose Bowl, sacked Terrell Pryor three times in that game.
Negatives: Not particularly fast for the linebacker position, lack of speed could explain why Rowe lined up primarily at defensive end at Oregon... Does not appear to have much pass coverage ability, lacks the speed and experience to defend intermediate or deep routes, is a liability in man coverage... Does not possess an explosive first step when playing at the line, not very powerful at the point of attack... Needs to do a better job of breaking down when tackling in space, plays much too high and will miss against shiftier ball carriers... Takes poor angles when in the backfield, misses out on a lot of sack opportunities by not breaking down and changing directions quickly enough... Is too small to play defensive end at the next level, but lacks speed and athleticism to be a full-time linebacker, may end up being a situational pass rusher in the NFL.
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(January 15, GBNReport.com) --
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is still waiting to hear from a number of prospects, most notably Georgia DE/OLB Justin Houston.
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