Prospect: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
By Clint Clearwater
NFL Draft Director and Senior Writer
October 2, 2012
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 315 40: 5.10
Strengths: Great size. Keeps his eyes on the football. Uses his hands well and displays power trying to get to the football. He can be very disruptive at times. Pretty quick off the ball, shows good acceleration. Very solid base. Great against the run and also can provide a pass rush. Shows very good technique at times when he is using the swim and spin moves, very good football I.Q. He gets his hands up when he can’t get to the QB and is able to bat a lot of passes. I was very impressed with the improvement I saw from last season to this season, which leads me to believe that he will continue to improve and get better. I feel he could play in multiple schemes. Good amount of experience.
Weaknesses: Does not pursue at full speed all the time. Looks ti
red at times. Inconsistent. Struggles against the double teams. Needs to be more dominate and fierce if he wants to rise up draft boards.
Summary: Short started the 2012 season with some high expectations and I believe he has not disappointed NFL scouts. I see a fair amount of improvement in him, from his stamina to his strength; which really makes me think that this young man is only going to improve. Short has the ability to be disruptive and cause havoc in the backfield and he shows that on tape. He is strong against the run and also provides an interior pass rush that is rare in DTs. My main concern with Short is the lack of consistency I see in him. He doesn’t pursue plays at full speed, often gets beat by double teams and endurance seems to be an area that needs improving. These concerns bring him down a little bit, but they are all areas where he can improve in. Kawann Short has potential to be a solid NFL DT. I love the flashes of dominance I see in him. He needs to continue to dominate in order to rise of draft boards this season.
Draft Projection: Late 1st round