Drew Boylhart April 2008

Keilen Dykes   DT/DE   West Virginia   

 

STRENGTHS

Keilen has decent size, strength and overall solid athletic talent to be a rotating lineman in any type of defensive system.  He shows a lot of effort and once he gets started, he is hard to stop.  Keilen does a good job using his hands and in a 1-gap attack system, he should be a strong, disruptive style of D-lineman.  He also exhibits intelligence on the field of play.      

   

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Keilen is a bit of a tweener because of his body style.  His upper body strength is good, but his lower body strength is not. Because of his body type, it will be hard for him to get much stronger in his lower body, which means he will struggle in the running game.  He will lack the true upper body quickness needed to be effective in rushing the passer from the DT position.  He also doesn't have the speed, nor the quickness to be a DE.  In spite of this, with his work ethic and good coaching, he can be effective at the next level.   

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND 5

Keilen has one more problem that I see as both a negative and positive with his game.  A good offensive lineman can work on Keilen mentally, frustrating him to the point that he loses his concentration, goals and techniques.  Keilen can get so mad that he becomes useless to his teammates and the game; he takes things that happen on the field too personally.  Having personal pride is an excellent motivator to have when playing any type of sports.  Having too much personal pride can be a way for an opponent to dominate you.  Offensive Coordinators will use trap blocks and crack blocks to get this kid blue in the face and make him look foolish until he learns more control on the field.  They will get him so angry that he will start to run around and play like a blind bull in a breeding shed.  When you stop playing with your intelligence and only use passion, you become very susceptible to "games" being played by the offensive line.  I see this problem happening at the next level because I have seen it on film happen to Keilen at the college level.  So, add this little problem to the tweener issue that I talked about and you have a kid that has to be rotated until he matures and learns to control his emotions.  When he has more control, Keilen might become a solid D-lineman for the team that drafts him because he does have the size and work ethic.  I think that Keilen could be a good right side DE in a 3-4 defense, but he has to learn better techniques against the run and to control his emotions before he can become consistent and a starting defensive lineman in the NFL.