Join Date: May 2004
Re: Prospects to watch in 2013 as they apply to Texans needs.
Originally Posted by beerlover
Right now, on my short list would be Kawann Short.
How is that for early BB & 65?
Just someone to keep an eye on in 2012-13 season. Will be fun to watch Texan interior rotation develop, see if Earl can hold up with added size.
Prospect: Kawann Short, DL, Purdue
Grade: 6.4 (Grading Scale)
+Solid size and bulk, will be interesting to see if 6’3″ is actual height
+Shows good initial quickness off the snap, great first step
+Very strong, especially through his lower body
-Average motor at best, although is reportedly in better shape this spring
-Doesn’t play well in space
+Plays a variety of positions (NT, DT, DE)
-Doesn’t seem to recognize plays quickly
-Has trouble locating the ball at times
+Two year team captain
+Leader in the weight room
+Adept at tracking down scrambling quarterbacks
+Shows some arm-over, rip, hesitation and spin moves
+Bull rush effective when pad level is down
-Too often content to be blocked when initially stopped
-Needs to develop some counters and a more consistent second effort
-Speed rush on the outside is ineffective
+Can use his strength to shed blockers
+Quick enough to shoot gaps and disrupt plays in the backfield
-Inconsistent anchor against double teams, plays on skates at times
-Too often gets locked onto by offensive linemen
-Gets angled out of the play, especially when playing DE
+Flashes good hand usage and placement, but needs to be more consistent
-Pad level is inconsistent, needs to stay lower
-Fails to get arms up to influence passing lames when stopped
Short has obvious talent. What he’ll make of it at the next level remains to be seen. If he can keep his effort level up from play to play and through the whistle, he can be an absolute menace against the run and the pass. If he is in better shape as a senior, Short could shore up a first round grade with a dominant season – especially with the lack of help around him.
2012 Draft was Mercilus