2017 NFL DRAFT

Kristjan Sokoli, DE

School: Buffalo  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Bloomfield, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 290 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
218216-7

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
4.86--- ----

Player Overview

A two-year starter, Sokoli immigrated to the United States from Albania with his family in 2000 - didn't speak English and his family struggled to make ends meet.

He took up football and earned a scholarship to Buffalo, redshirting in 2010 and playing sparingly as a freshman and sophomore. Sokoli started every game the last two seasons, lining up mostly at nose guard, also playing some five-technique in the Bulls' three-man front.

Strengths Weaknesses

He uses his long arms well to engage and lock out, but struggles with leverage and high pad level, not generating much power from his lower half. Sokoli doesn't have ideal reflexes pre- or post-snap to react to the action in time, but he uses his length well to obstruct passing lanes (six pass break-ups in 2014). A tireless, blue collar worker, Sokoli doesn't play with top-end functional strength, but he played out of position in college and shows the movement skills and size dimensions that are worth developing - underrated with upside.

--Dane Brugler

 
 
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