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Anthony Chickillo, DE

School: Miami (Fla.)  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Tampa, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 267 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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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
4.792.771.6627 34 1/29'6"4.257.17

Player Overview

Chickillo received a few dozen scholarship offers out of high school, but with his father and grandfather starring for the Hurricanes football program in the past, there was little doubt he would choose Miami (Fla.) to play his college ball. He started the final nine games of his true freshman season in 2011 and tied for the team lead in sacks (5.0), which was also his career-best. Chickillo started every game as a sophomore, junior and senior with similar production each season, finishing his career with 25.0 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks.

Miami's first third-generation student-athlete, Chickillo arrived in Coral Gables with considerable hype and played well as a true freshman, but his play leveled off and he might have peaked early in regards to his development (his senior tape looked too similar to his freshman tape). He does a nice job attacking gaps and giving blockers all they can handle, but he struggles to put consistent pressure on the pocket and shows too much wasted motion at the line. Chickillo doesn't have difference-maker potential as a pass rusher, but he's stout, reliable and leaves everything on the field, projecting as a rotational left end in a 4-3 front.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Thickly put-together and works hard in the weight room to maximize his growth potential. Strong upper body to bully and get blockers on their heels. Anchors well at the point of attack with a stout lower body and consistent leverage. Plays with some natural knee flexibility with the lateral quickness at the line of scrimmage to avoid blocks and find vacated gaps. Coordinated footwork to maneuver in small spaces and get upfield. Keeps his eyes elevated to follow the ball and get his hands up to occasionally knock down passes. Physical mitts to latch and lock out. Hustler with a consistent motor, keeping the switch flipped on. Warrior mentality, playing through pain and fighting throughout all four quarters. Lives in the weight room with NFL work ethic. Football bloodlines - father (Tony) and grandfather (Nick) were both drafted out of Miami (Fla.) and played in the NFL. Durable and reliable, starting the final 47 games of his career.

WEAKNESSES: Bulky frame, but lacks ideal arm length. Not a quick-twitch or sudden athlete and needs to better control his movements to eliminate wasted steps. Plays fast, but needs to stay controlled and do a better job breaking down in space to be a more consistent finisher. Lacks ideal hip flexibility with only one speed and ordinary closing burst. His stops away from the line of scrimmage are based on his hustle, not athletic range. Limited repertoire of pass rush moves and isn't the type of end who will frequently get his shoulder past the shoulder of edge blockers. Needs to add more tricks to his arsenal. Aggressive hands, but needs to be more effective using them. Tracks the play well, but needs to better anticipate and often seems a step late in pursuit of the play. Minor knee injury (Nov. 2014), but didn't miss any time. Limited position versatility on tape. Below average production for a four-year starter.

--Dane Brugler

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Steelers' eight picks: Round 6/212 - Anthony Chickillo, OLB, 6-3, 267, Miami...Played defensive end at Miami but Steelers project him as 3-4 outside linebacker and pass-rush specialist. Dad Tony was defensive lineman in NFL in the 1980s and grandfather Nick played for the Cardinals in the 1950s. - The Sports Xchange


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