Ed Stinson, DE

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Homestead, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 287 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Player Overview

Like many preps during Alabama's turnaround under Nick Saban, Stinson signed with the Crimson Tide as a highly regarded prospect, turning down the likes of Florida State, LSU and Miami, among others. It didn't take him long to prove the prognosticators correct, starting two games and playing in nine in 2010 after redshirting his first year on campus. Stinson would go on to start the next three years, registering 105 tackles and 16 tackles for loss over his career, including a career-high 42 stops in 2013.

Though he played all over the defensive line and even at Jack linebacker for the Tide, Stinson's role in the NFL will be just as it was with at Alabama -- as a run defender capable of holding up inside or out. He recorded "just" 5.5 sacks over his career and does not possess ideal burst or acceleration to qualify as a traditional pass-rushing defensive end but his durability, position and scheme versatility and underrated athletic traits could earn him top 100 consideration despite less-than-eye-popping statistics.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possesses an ideal frame for the defensive line with broad shoulders, long (32 3/4") arms, a trim middle and a thick lower half, including wide hips and a big bubble. Powerful. Tough to move at the point of attack. Locks out would-be blockers with good arm extension and impressive strength. Very effective bull-rusher, capable of simply pushing opponents into the backfield. Reads run quickly and slides well laterally, slipping blocks to make plays at the line of scrimmage. Breaks down well against quick athletes and possesses the long arms and strength to rip them to the ground. Played special teams for the Tide, including as a blocker on field goals.

WEAKNESSES: Will be viewed by some as a bit of a 'tweener. Looks like a DE but plays like a DT. Looks more athletic than he is... Consistently among the last players off the snap and while he shows agility and some burst when in pursuit, does not play fast and offers little in terms of a pass rush other than his bull rush. Does not get his arms up often enough to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. Part of a rotation and was subbed frequently against up-temp offenses. Pulled out of the Senior Bowl with a groin injury.

COMPARES TO: Tyson Alualu, Jacksonville Jaguars - Stinson doesn't possess the round frame of most NFL defensive linemen, appearing more like a pass rusher due to his long limbs and trim middle than the run-stuffing role his physicality and strength make him best suited. His ability to control in a phone booth and potentially work out well could earn him a nice buzz heading into the draft but his four seasons starting against top-notch competition shows best what he does (and doesn't) do well, just as it has for Alualu, a 6-3, 295 defensive end for the Jaguars.

--Rob Rang

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