Duke Ejiofor Draft Profile

Duke Ejiofor draft profile

Strengths:

  • Naturally powerful
  • Has violent efficient hands that carry some jolt in them
  • Heavy tackler
  • Tight spin counter has NFL potential with more work
  • Possesses a mature approach as a pass rusher
  • Crafts his attack to his strengths and knows who he is
  • Uses slap moves and swipes to clear the edge blockers
  • Flashed exciting potential as a reduced rusher inside

Analysis: Duke Ejiofor is a well-seasoned defensive end who understands his responsibilities and takes them very seriously. He comes into games with a plan of attack, knowing how he wants to beat the man across from him. 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 is naturally powerful and can continue to add to that strength with more time spent in the weight room. His hand work and usage is fun to watch on tape–they are violent and powerful and can knock unsuspecting lineman off their spot with one hit. His spin move needs some work, but you can see the potential of it being lethal, similar to Dwight Freeney’s.

Weaknesses:

  • Slow-twitch and subpar athlete
  • Below average pursuit speed limits tackle range
  • Doesn’t get off the ball with plus initial quickness or sting behind his pads at the point of attack
  • Lacks the hips and movement skills to play in space
  • Needs to play downhill and needs to win early or motor begins to wane
  • Tallied unusual number of broken tackles
  • Missed nine games over three different seasons due to injury including the first five in 2015 due to a concussion

Analysis: Duke Ejiofor looked a little quicker and more fluid last season, but he’s not a naturally gifted athlete. 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. He lacks the athleticism like some of the high-tier DE picks in this draft. He lacks the agility and movement due to tight hips that will prevent him successfully defending in space. He had a high amount of broken tackles last season, struggling to bring down the ball carrier. Below average pursuit speed. Durability concerns, as he missed nine games over three seasons at Wake Forest.

Size: 6’4 270lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Matt Judon

Draft Projection: Round 4-5

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