Tanoh Kpassagnon-DE-Villanova
Size: 6’7 289lbs

Tanoh Kpassagnon

Get to know Tanoh: Tanoh Kpassagnon (Tawn-oh pass-N-yo) is an intelligent young man and a fantastic athlete. The son of a chemical scientist and economist was an accounting/finance double major who already had an internship with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. His career got off to a slow start, redshirting in 2012, playing as a reserve in 2013 (15 tackles, one sack) and then missing eight games with a torn right MCL in his sophomore campaign (12 tackles, five for loss, 3.5 sacks in six games). Kpassagnon got healthy in 2015, turning in a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association season with 9.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. The Pennsylvania native took his game up a notch last fall, garnering first-team Associated Press FCS All-American honors, ranking sixth in the FCS with 21.5 tackles for loss and tying for fifth nationally with 11 sacks.

Strengths:

  • Size
  • Long frame
  • Athletic
  • Flashed unbelievable potential
  • Kick blocker extraordinaire
  • Mature
  • Versatile

Analysis: Tanoh Kpassagnon has a big body and long frame. He should be able to continue packing pounds onto his frame, which will be needed at the next level. He flashes some upper body power with an ability to fight through move blocks, but his athleticism sets him apart with explosive hip thrust that can jolt blockers at point of attack. Has lateral quickness to beat reach blocks and slice into the backfield. Has the tools to be a one- or two-gap player. Raw in his pass rush, but shows occasional glimpses into his potential. Highly intelligent and very mature. History of blocking kicks will catch the eye of a special team’s coach.

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks explosiveness up field
  • Fails to set the edge
  • Narrow base
  • Too upright
  • Raw–like blood still pumping through a steak

Analysis: When I say Tanoh Kpassagnon is raw, I mean never cooked blood still pumping through it raw. Whatever team drafts him will need to pay their defensive line coaches bonuses because they will be working tirelessly to get Kpassagnon ready to play in the NFL. He has average explosiveness up the field. Doesn’t find ways to the edge as a pass rusher often enough. Too content to just ride on a stale bull rush. Plays with excessively narrow base and anchor. Functional contact balance seems to be a coin-flip from snap to snap. Legs don’t always look steady under him. Plays upright and gets pads turned too easily by blockers widening him out of the hole. Need to learn to use his length to punch and control at the point.

What the scouts say: “He’s raw but he’s got a chance. He’s quiet and I don’t think football is going to define him, Do you know what I mean? I just want to make sure that he loves football.” — NFC regional scout

NFL Comparison: Jason Pierre-Paul

Draft Projection: Round 4

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