Clemson Linebacker Ricky Sapp

Ricky Sapp: No. 7, OLB, 6-4, 248

A tall, long-armed athlete who plays a lot from a two-point stance, Sapp can play with his hand on the ground as well. He does a nice job extending his long arms into contact vs. the run and can close quickly on the football. He's a coordinated athlete who's at his best when asked to slide-step blocks in space and close on the ball in pursuit. But he isn't physical on contact and can be turned/sealed away from the ball inside vs. the run game. Sapp is a disciplined player who has a good feel for the game and consistently stays at home and finds the ball. He possesses a good first step off the snap and can coil up into his stance and fire off the ball.

He gets into opposing linemen quickly and exhibits the balance to extend his arms and then slip blocks on the outside. He possesses an average initial jolt as a bull-rusher but has the instincts to feel where the double team is coming from and can spin away from pressure and get after the ball. But Sapp isn't quite as effective when his hand is on the ground. He allows his pad level to get too high when trying to turn the corner and doesn't look as sudden when changing directions out of his stance. He still looks like a guy who could rush the passer as a 4-3 DE, but ideally he could end up being an impact 3-4 OLB at the next level.

Grade: 6.4

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