TOJ Draft Breakdown: DE IK Enemkpali

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Continuing our breakdown of the 2014 New York Jets draft picks, Dalbin Osorio takes a look at 7th round pick IK Enemkpali. Here is a closer look at Calvin Pryor, Jace Amaro, Trevor Reilly, and Dexter McDougle:

Position: DE
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 261 LBS
40 Time: 5.01
Vertical: 34”
Broad Jump: 9’4”
225 LB Reps: 28
Projected Round: 7th Round/UDFA
2013-2014 Stats: 47 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 2 interceptions

Strengths: IK has good initial quickness off the snap; in watching film, you can see that his quick first step followed by use of his impressive strength allows him to get separation from offensive linemen. He is a powerful defensive lineman, and he has a strong over-arm swim move that he uses with regularity. He is good in pursuit, takes good angles on run plays, and has the ability to stand up or play with his hand to the ground. IK is also, very physical and  doesn’t hesitate to engage blockers, frequently winning his one-on-one match-ups in college.

Weaknesses: IK is small for a defensive lineman and isn’t very fast. He seems more concerned with making a flashy tackle than wrapping his man up. He’s not a very good athlete in space, struggles and looks awkward when asked to drop back into coverage.

Best Case Scenario: Flourishes as a situational pass rusher and is able to provide an extra dimension to the Jets defense as a power rusher off the edge.

Worst Case Scenario: Can’t contribute as a special teamer and doesn’t make final 53.

Analysis: Being a power rusher as opposed to a speed rusher, does have value for the Jets. yet it remains up in the air if IK makes the final 53 though, because his limitations are glaring. I think he would struggle in coverage if the Jets ever dropped him back. Idzik has shown that he values his draft picks, so it all depends on how many defensive linemen Rex chooses to carry on gameday. IK’s tape is not better than Trevor Reilly, and if the Jets anticipate that Antwan Barnes will be healthy than they may choose to store IK on their practice squad.