Draft Profile: Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova

Tanoh Kpassagnon

College: Villanova

Position: Defensive End

Height/Weight: 6-7/289

College Stats: 105 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 22 sacks, 37.5 tackles for loss.

Kpassagnon is one of those FCS players that has garnered more and more attention as the offseason has progressed. He has the size at 6-7, 289 pounds and the raw athleticism to compete at the highest level, but some worry about his production before his senior season. He played for one of the top teams in the FCS and benefited in practicing daily versus group of linemen that are among the best at that level.

Similar to another prospect we will later profile, Larry Ogunjobi of Charlotte, Kpassagnon could just as easily excel in something other than football due to his incredible intelligence. The Kalamazoo, Michigan native has to prove to some that he truly loves football.

Pros:

If you were to use the build a player option on Madden, you would build someone like Kpassagnon. He is tall with long arms and plays much quicker than 289 pounds. He could stay on the outside as a 4-3 defensive end or gain 30 pounds and play nearly any position on the defensive line. His ideal position is a five technique in a 3-4 defense with the ability to take on double teams and still wreck havoc. Check out his play versus FCS champion James Madison. That is impressive.

Kpassagnon has the freak gene. Some players just have the ability to use their freakish athleticism to change a game. He can do so on defense with a ridiculous pass rush out of nowhere or on special teams with a crucial blocked kick that swings a game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pick off a screen or a slant pass and return it for a touchdown early in his career.

Cons:

Raw, raw, raw. Kpassagnon has all of the physical tools, but has not shown an ability to get creative with his pass rush. He could get away with 1-2 moves off of his general bull rush, but NFL offensive tackles are much better than what he has faced in college. He has a steep learning curve that will involve him coming in as a situational player early in his career as he develops.

One thing that he has to work on in the future is being much more consistent with his technique. On one play, he looks perfect with his form and makes a play. The next play, he looks all out of sorts and is easily blocked by a below average offensive lineman. He has the tools, but just working to develop them and turn him from a freak athlete into a football player will take time.

Where will Kpassagnon be drafted?

When I look at teams that love projects that could turn into someone special, my attention turns to the Baltimore Ravens. They got a steal with Matt Judon of Grand Valley State in the fifth round and he produced 27 tackles and four sacks at outside linebacker. This could be a great fit, but I don’t think they get him.

My prediction is the Chiefs in the second round with the #59 pick.

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