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Jeremy Kelley, UMaine, OLB?

Jeremy Kelley Highlights (via jrowr2)

 

6-6, 225-230, 4.55 forty, 1.47 10yd split

[Courtesy Nu York Fan and JETSFAN in SC for pointing him out]

He's actually a receiver prospect, as you'll see in the tape, but I think he has much more potential as a pass rusher (maybe even elite).  He doesn't look like much as a receiver to me at all, and he really hasn't put up any stats to make me think otherwise, but judge for yourselves.  In fact, its almost impossible to find any stats on him whatsoever.  But take note of his extensive special teams contributions, its good to have a willing special teamer.  Then check him out at about the 10:00 mark.

He looks pretty damn explosive as a DE off the edge.  He looks pretty damn strong too, with the way he's tossing OLs around.  Granted, these are very few highlight clips against very subpar competition, but... its impressive nevertheless.  To me, at least, and I'm very far from being an expert, he looks to have the build and the demeanor to play some defense.  I think he's played most of his college career out of position.

Think about the physical attributes that you want from your pass rusher.  Ideally, you'd like length to disrupt passing lanes, long arms to reach out and grab the QB and to prevent an OL from getting into his core, strength to disengage from blocks, and explosiveness to blow by blockers.  This kid has an abundance of all those physical tools.  He just needs to add a little weight to help him maintain leverage and to pick up a few moves.  His speed and burst off the edge will allow him to get by without being as technically sound as others that are less blessed.

He's definitely too light (225-230) to compete in the NFL right now.  He will have to get up to at least 240 to be able to be effective.  But with that 6-6 length and that 1.47 split, he has the physical tools to be not only good, but a dominant player.  And in the clips above, he demonstrated some decent moves.  I saw some pretty good hands, good use of his long arms and a nice rip move.  Full time dedication to pass rushing and some quality NFL coaching could polish this rough piece of rock into a diamond.

I think we should snatch him, get him on an NFL strength and conditioning program, give him to Westy to play with for a year or two, and drill him as an OLB.  He could be a phenom.

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