Jordan Willis-Edge-Kansas State
Size: 6’4 255lbs

Jordan Willis

First thing you need to know: Long-time Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder called Willis “the epitome” of Kansas State football. That’s high praise from a Hall of Fame coach who has led the program all but three years since 1989. Willis earned that praise with his play on the field and his attitude off of it. He was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and also garnered third-team Associated Press All-American honors, as he made 52 tackles and led his team with 17.5 tackles for loss and topped the conference with 11.5 sacks.

Strengths:

  • Quick ‘diagnoser’ of the play
  • Great tackler
  • Strong hands
  • Block shedding
  • High motor-will give you everything on the field
  • High character

Analysis: Coming into the draft, Jordan Willis was a mid-round pick, but his workouts along with his fantastic interviews with scouts have vaulted him into Round 1 discussion. Willis a quick responder once he diagnoses the action. Excellent change of direction ability to stay in the hunt. Finishes tackles, rarely allowing runners to escape grasp. Pursuit will not stop until the whistle blows. Proficient with hands. Hands are strong and control the action. Well-schooled with excellent stack-and-shed ability. Track-stance pass rusher who comes out of the blocks with decent burst to the edge. Hard worker. Productive in sacks and forced fumbles over final two seasons at KSU. Good strength in base and plays with adequate contact balance. Stays clean setting edge while spying into backfield.

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks counter pass rush moves
  • Tight hips
  • Hand-timing
  • One-speed rusher

Analysis: Jordan Willis is a straight-lined mover and is very deliberate in his pass rush moves. In order to maintain consistency and ‘win’ 1-on-1 battles with offensive lineman, he will need to add to his pass rush moves—bringing in counter-type moves once his initial move is shot down. One-speed rusher lacking dynamic qualities to turn corner for tight loops. Could get flattened in the rush arc due to hip tightness. Timing of hands need work as he tends to shoot prematurely, opening himself up to counter moves. Rarely makes tackles redirect inside with sharp counters.

NFL Comparison: Chris Long

Draft Projection: Round 2

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