2015 NFL DRAFT

Kelcy Quarles, DT

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Hodges, SC
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 297 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
109123-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.952.891.7827 23 1/28'6"--
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.032.981.76- --4.707.60

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Boasting long-arms, a thick frame and a sudden first step, Quarles certainly looks the part of an early round NFL draft pick. Often the first of South Carolina's talented defensive line off the ball, Quarles consistently splits gaps, showing both the burst to surprise would-be blockers and the power to crash through late attempts by his opponents to latch on to him.

When his quickness is contained, Quarles shows impressive core strength to bull rush opponents deep into the backfield, as well as an effective over-arm swim move to gain freedom. An active defender, Quarles hustles laterally and downfield in pursuit and is willing to leave his feet to make the diving, heavy hit on ballcarriers.

Quarles plays low, showing good power and technique to absorb double-teams, making him a potential fit as a nose guard as well as a traditional three-technique defensive tackle. May just be scratching the surface of his potential.

WEAKNESSES: Capable of threatening on his own, but many of Quarles' biggest plays in 2013 came while opponents dedicated extra blockers to stopping teammate Jadeveon Clowney. Still developing his awareness - opponents can use his aggression against him to run draws around him or throw screens over the top.

Doesn't get his hands in the passing lanes often enough, considering how frequently he's near the quarterback. Used as part of a rotation and may tire easily as he carries extra weight around the middle.

COMPARES TO: Lamarr Houston: Quick, strong and tenacious, Quarles projects equally well inside as a 4-3 defensive tackle or outside as a five-technique defensive end.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

A four-star recruit rated as the nation's No. 9 defensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com, Quarles originally signed with South Carolina in 2010 but attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy before joining the Gamecocks.

As a true freshman, Quarles played in 12 of 13 games, including six starts. He recorded 28 tackles with 2.0 tackles for loss and had four quarterback hurries.

Quarles started all 11 games in which he appeared in 2012, racking up 38 tackles, 8.0 for loss, and 3.5 sacks.

With defenses gearing up to contain teammate Jadeveon Clowney in 2013, Quarles took advantage of often facing single coverage. He earned All-SEC First Team recognition from the league's coaches and The Associated Press after finishing the regular season with a team-high in sacks (13.5) and sacks (9.5).

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05/13/2014 - Giants sign five Undrafted Free Agents: Quarles, 6-3 and 297 pounds, played in 35 games with 28 starts in three seasons at South Carolina. His career totals include 105 tackles (66 solo) with 13.0 sacks for minus-111 yards, 23.5 stops for losses of 147 yards and eight quarterback pressures. In 2013, he played in 11 games and led the Gamecocks with 9.5 sacks - 6.5 more than teammate Jadeveon Clowney, the first overall selection in the draft. He had 39 tackles (27 solo) and was a unanimous first-team All-Southeastern Conference choice. Quarles attended Greenwood (S.C.) High School, where he earned second-team all-state honors. - Michael Eisen, Giants.com
 

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