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Player Display Name: 
Tanoh Kpassagnon

Defensive end
School: Villanova | Conference: D-IAA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-6.5 / 289 | 40: 4.79 | DRAFT YR:2017


Projected Round
Two-year starter who was awarded First Team All-CAA honors in both of those seasons. Was chosen as the 2016 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, earned AFCA and Walter Camp First Team FCS All-America honors and received an invite to the Senior Bowl in 2016. Finished his career with 105 tackles, 22 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception.
Physically imposing defensive line prospect who’s marching up draft boards. For the most part plays with proper leverage, keeps his feet moving and shows strength at the point. Gives effort and collapses the pocket or pushes blockers off the line. Focused on by opponents, impossible to move off the point and a solid run defender. Quickly gets his hands up and effectively uses them to protect himself. Jolts opponents with a violent hand punch, knocking them back from the play.
Possesses limited speed and quickness off the edge. Shows an average closing burst. Slow getting off blocks once engaged at the point. More of a mauler and lacks quick-twitch muscles.
Kpassagnon was a solid small-school defensive lineman who wowed everybody with his physical presence at the Senior Bowl then turned in a solid combine workout. He offers size and growth potential -- which must be met -- as well as the versatility to line up as a two-gap end or eventually grow into a defensive tackle. And while Kpassagnon offers a good amount of upside and potential, he does come with some downside and risk.