Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Rashaad Coward

Defensive tackle
School: Old Dominion | Conference: D-IAA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-5.5 / 322 | 40: 5.17 | DRAFT YR:2017

Rankings

Grade
3.28
Projected Round
7th
Pos: 
Massive interior lineman with above-average athleticism. Powerful, bull-rushes blockers off the line and gets a lot of momentum going up the field. Displays good change of direction, moves relatively well laterally and gets down the line of scrimmage in pursuit. Holds his ground against double-team blocks and is impossible to move off the point. Finds ways to make plays on the ball and is a solid run defender.
Neg: 
Displays limited hand technique getting off blocks and is easily tied up by opponents. Out-positioned from the play when he shouldn’t be. Average pass rusher.
Analysis: 
Coward was not mentioned by scouts entering the season but stood out as a senior and comes with top size and speed numbers. He has the body mass and strength to line up at nose tackle, yet at the same time his athleticism and ability to make plays in the short area makes him attractive in a four-man front. Coward should get consideration in the last round of the draft and at the very worst will end up on a practice squad this fall.