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2017 NFL DRAFT

Darius Kilgo, DT

School: Maryland  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 313 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
330277-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

A two-down nose tackle in college, Kilgo has experience lining up inside and outside in the 3-4 scheme, but is probably best suited for a one-gapping nose tackle role at the next level. He does a nice job plugging run lanes, but doesn't anticipate well and lacks counter moves, struggling to gain body position if he doesn't win off the snap. With his size, strength and quickness, Kilgo does several things well, but inconsistent technique, leverage and effort makes him an uneven performer who leaves you wanting more.

Kilgo spurned offers from several SEC schools like Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee and committed to Maryland and redshirted in 2010. After spending the 2011 season as a reserve, he worked his way into the starting line-up as a sophomore nose tackle in 2012, recording 40 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Kilgo started all but one game in 2013 as a junior and recorded 37 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. He had his most productive season as a senior in 2014 with 43 stops, 8.0 for loss, 2.0 sacks and four fumbles recovered, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Passes the eye test with a tall, filled-out frame and good arm length. Stout and sturdy body type and looks like an immovable object when he plays with consistent knee bend. Good initial pop off the snap with the ability to redirect blockers with heavy hands when he extends properly. Physical and aggressive hands to shoot his limbs into blockers, generating some movement when he keeps his lower half driving. Needs to do it consistently, but can be a bully and reset the line of scrimmage.

Good movement skills for his size in space with quick pursuit angles. Three-year starter (36 career starts) mostly at nose tackle, but also has experience at the one- and five-technique positions.

WEAKNESSES: Plays too upright and needs to improve his pad level and leverage. Relies on his natural power, but it can be rendered useless if he doesn't have the shed technique to disengage blocks. Hand placement needs refining, appearing disinterested in using his limbs at times. Doesn't roll his hips or consistently bring his feet with him, allowing his body to be knocked off balance with boring footwork. Struggles with assignments asking him to move laterally.

Inconsistent snap anticipation and pass rush moves. Below average ball awareness, allowing the ballcarrier to run right by him without being slowed down - offenses were able to have too much success rushing through the A-gap against Maryland. Doesn't play with much urgency and his on-field temperament tends to run hot/cold.

--Dane Brugler

 
 
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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Broncos' nine picks: Round 6/203 -- Darius Kilgo, NT, 6-3, 319, Maryland...In terms of size, Kilgo fits the template of nose tackles Wade Phillips prefers, and his strong lower body makes him difficult to move on the inside. He doesn't generate much pass rush, but the Broncos could use him situationally as a run-stuffing part of a rotation. - The Sports Xchange
 

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