Breaking Down Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun

Shilique Calhoun – DE – Michigan State Calhoun is a fifth year senior and a three year starter for the Spartans. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2011, played as a backup in 2012 and has been a starter ever since at the wide side defensive end position. Michigan State runs an attacking 4-3 scheme. In 2014 Calhoun had 39 total tackles, 8.0 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. To date this season he has 37 total tackles, 8.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. His career sack total stands at 25. Size – 6050 – 250 – 4.77 (all estimated) Strong Points – He is a three year starter and has been a productive player as a wide side defensive end. Is tall with good length. Good to very good pass rush skill, knows how to use his hands. Can dip his shoulder when coming off the edge and get under blockers. Good close off blocks to the quarterback. Good overall instincts and reactions. Shows a burst and takes good angles in pursuit. Good tackler. Consistent competitive nature. Weak Points – Lacks ideal size and I doubt he has the frame to carry much more than 260. Has good not great speed. Lacks power at the point of attack and can get stalemated by run blockers. Inconsistent ability to shed run blocks. Makes more plays in the run game in pursuit than at the point of attack. Not as strong or powerful as he should be. Summation – Looking at tapes form both 2014 and this season, I haven’t seen the improvement in his game that I wanted to see. He is not a big or powerful guy ad can struggle at the point of attack in the run game. Very inconsistent at getting penetration and disrupting run plays. Makes more plays as a pursuit player than at the pint of attack. Has good not great pass rush skills. To date he has never hit double digits in sacks in a single season. Can use his hands and has a variety of moves but more of a finesse pass rusher. Don’t see an explosive bull rush. Overall, if he is drafted by a 4-3 club, I see him as more of a situational player who comes in on pass situations. He is not an every down 4-3 defensive end. His best position may be as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. He still would need to get a little bigger and stronger and prove that he will be able to drop into coverage. This would be his best bet to be an every down player. The Combine, his pro day and private workouts will be very important as to where he eventually gets drafted. He is a good player not a special player. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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