Games Viewed: 2012 Ė Ohio State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Iowa 2011 Ė Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois
AGAINST THE RUN:
Short faced plenty of double teams at Purdue. You can see his natural strength with his ability to anchor in the run game. Solid lower body strength. Overall strength to stack the point is impressive. When Short wants, he can be a dominate force at the point of attack with the ability to two-gap and chase the play going away. Enough explosion to disrupt plays in the backfield. Uses his hands well to shed and has a nice rip move. The theme in Shortís scouting report will be motor. Questionable motor and in several games he was frustrated early and taken out of the game. In several contests Short was bullied by double teams, had him on skates, and was a non-factor the remainder of the game. He stands around too often when he doesnít beat his opponent initially. Very average read and react skills. Questionable instincts and plays high, losing leverage battles.
Quick feet and violent hands make him an intriguing three-technique at the next level. Short has notched quite a few sacks in his career and can take over a game from the inside if he gets going early. Has an array of pass rush moves (bull rush, rip, swim, arm over). Again, questionable effort/motor when things arenít going his way. His sack production came in multiples. When Short is initially shut down, he doesnít counter and at times quit on the play. This will cause some concerns for NFL talent evaluators and could keep him out of the first round.
Motor questions and didnít see the competitive fire to want to be great. Wore down in games and was subbed in for more than Purdue could afford.
Kawann Short is a first round talent with the skills to be a disruptive three-technique at the next level. That said, his motor is questionable at best. He lost 15 pounds heading into his senior season but didnít show up in his conditioning or harder play. Takes plays, series, quarters, and games off if he doesnít win early matchups.