Breaking Down DE Bronson Kaufusi and LB Eric Striker

Bronson Kaufusi – DE – BYU Size – 6064 – 278 – 4.80 (All Estimates) Strong Points – Outstanding height and length. Good to real good athlete with good play speed. Plays with strength and has some snap in his hips. Good hand use. Has very good initial quickness with a quick first step. Natural pass rusher, has moves and can redirect. Plays the run very well. Tough and competitive. Has played both up and down. Has played some basketball at BYU. Weak Points – Not consistently break down in space causing him to miss some tackles. Summation – Three year starter for BYU. Plays defensive end but there are times when he plays on his feet and drops into coverage. Athletic with body control and flexibility. Has very good pass rush talent, finished his career with 26.5 sacks. He is tall and long with strength and power. Shows he can 2-gap and offensive lineman or play in a gap. Quick off the ball and disruptive versus the run. Very good pursuit player. Is scheme versatile in that he can be a 4-3 defensive end. Can add bulk and play as a 3-5 5-technique and can even be a pass rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4. Still has a lot of upside and could become a dominant pass rusher in the league.   Eric Striker – LB – Oklahoma Size – 6000 -225 – 4.55 (All Estimates) Strong Points – Three year starter and a big time play maker. Has very good overall athleticism with speed, quickness and change of direction. Strong for his size and very explosive. Has good instincts and is around the ball. Explosive pass rusher coming off the edge with power and speed. Excellent tackler. Quick and fluid in pass coverage, has really good receiver awareness. Weak Points – Size! Has a frame that may only be able to carry 230 – 235. When a big guy gets on him, he can be slow to get rid of the block. Summation – Three year starter at outside linebacker for Oklahoma but may be better off inside in the NFL. Has great speed and athleticism to go along with very good instincts. Makes a lot of plays. Just may be too small for the outside. If he can get to 230+ may be better off as a 3-4 inside LB or a 4-3 Will.  With his athleticism and coverage skills he may also be very good as a nickel linebacker. Striker is a football player but his size will hinder him at the next level. Still with his speed, quickness and competitive nature he will make himself a player. Don’t count him out.  Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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