Jake Bequette   DE   Arkansas 

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


STRENGTHS

Jake might be the most complete and natural 4-3 defensive end in this draft.  He has excellent explosion off the ball  when rushing the passer and plays the run better than some defensive tackles who are playing now in the NFL.  He has great upper and lower body strength and will hold his opponent up to shed him and make a tackle with mature techniques.  Jake has good change of direction skills when rushing the passer and shows the work ethic to get even better than he is right now.  He is very smart, a good teammate and shows leadership skills through his play on the field.  He understands his responsibilities on every play and has the football intelligence to set his opponent up to make impact plays at important parts of a game.  Jake is an impact pass rushing, run stuffing, defensive end whose skills and talent were made to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense.  He also has the ability and strength to play a DE in a 3-4 and when he works out at the combine, I'm sure he will show enough LB skills and athleticism to play OLB in a 3-4 defense.  However, I do not believe that will be his impact position for the next level.  In the 4th quarter, Jake is a maniac pass rusher because of his explosion off the line and strength.  He's a maniac, maniac on the field.... and he doesn't quit until he makes you yield. 

 

CONCERNS

For Jake's sake I hope some team doesn't draft this kid and try to make him a stand up OLB/DE in a 3-4 defense.  He can handle it, but he explodes off the line from a three point stance.  He has to learn more pass rush moves and when he does, I pity the team trying to come from behind against him in the 4th quarter.  

 

BOTTOM LINE

You don't find very many players who can play against the run and rush the passer as well as Jake does.  He has Shawn Merriman explosion off the line when rushing the passer -- except that it's from a three point stance.  His ability to stop the run is excellent and these two things combined make Jake one of the better defensive players coming out in this draft.  He has as much talent as Ryan Kerrigan (DL Purdue), who the Redskins drafted at the #16 in the 1st round last year.  The truth is Jake is quicker and more explosive off the line than Ryan and just as good against the run.  When Jake lines up wide in pass rushing situations, his explosion and quickness into the backfield is unique and something a team using a 4-3 defense had better not be foolish enough to pass up at any point in the draft.  He is a maniac on the field when rushing the passer and that's why I call him Jake (The Maniac) Bequette.  His explosion, strength and quickness off the line of scrimmage is remarkable to watch.   

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 Drew Boylhart   Jan /12