Rob Rang's continues our series previewing players the Seahawks could take in the 2017 NFL Draft, Rang focuses on Kansas State's Defensive End, (officially listed as Outside Linebacker) Jordan Willis. Listen to a break-down of Willis from Rang below and check out a few highlights!
A the NFL Combine, Willis measured 6'4" and weighed 255 lbs. He ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash among defensive linemen, in 4.53 seconds , his vertical jump was 39 inches, he ran the 3-cone drill in just 6.85 seconds, and ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.28 seconds.
Good eyes vs. zone read; sees mesh point clearly. 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. Good strength in base and plays with adequate contact balance. Stays clean setting edge while spying into backfield. Uses blockers' forward lean against them, sends them tumbling forward. Arm over is a pet move that gives him early wins. 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.
Straight-liner mover. Very deliberate as a pass rusher. Shows rush moves early and rarely deviates from original track. 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. Tackles often come at angles. Might need to move to outside linebacker on next level.