By: Steve Johnson
Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
6’6 3/4″ 289, 35 5/8″ arms, 10 5/8″ hands
4.83 40, 30″ vert, 128″ broad jump
2013: 11 games. 15 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 sack
2014: 6 games. 12 tackles, 5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 2 FF
2015: 11 games. 33 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 1 int, 1 blocked kick
2016: 13 games. 45 tackles, 21.5 TFL, 11 sacks, 1 PD, 1 FF, 1 blocked kick
Accolades: 2015 first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association, 2016 first-team Associated Press FCS All-American
Injuries: Tore his right MCL and meniscus in 2014.
History: Born in Michigan, prepped in Pennsylvania. Also played basketball and competed in track at Wissahickon high school. Didn’t play football until his junior year. Parents are originally from Ivory Coast and Uganda.
Strengths: Looks like his body was sculpted by the football Gods with long arms and big hands. Very smart, son of a chemical scientist and economist. Doubled majored at ‘Nova, earning degrees in Accounting/Finance and received an internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Held his own at the Senior Bowl against better competition. Will be an impact player on special teams with his length to block kicks.
Weaknesses: Will need to add bulk to compete in the trenches of the NFL. Didn’t look as explosive on the field as his 10’8″ broad jump suggests. Still learning the game, will take some time and patience. Not a lot of tape against real NFL competition. Average to below average feet. Might be too tall and will need to learn how to play with leverage, especially if moved inside or as a 5-technique in an odd front.
Overview: A smart physical freak that is still learning the game. Will be overdrafted due to his size and potential and will probably be more popular in front offices than among coaches.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.5