2017 NFL DRAFT

Shane Ray, DE

School: Missouri  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 245 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2331

Player Lowdown

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

Ray's game is all athleticism and with the right fit he could wind up earning a higher draft-day grade than most Mizzou pass rushers in recent years.

Ray's production in 2013 (39 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks) is staggering considering he backed up Michael Sam and Kony Ealy. His 2013 season was a significant jump from a redshirt freshman campaign in which he recorded 16 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and no sacks.

The talented pass rusher led the SEC in TFL (20.5) and sacks (13.5), breaking Missouri's previous single-season sack record of 11.5.

His pass-rush sequence and arsenal of moves is raw. However, his first-step quickness and sustained burst off the edge are special and a team will likely spend a first-round pick with his ceiling in mind.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Extraordinary athlete who claims to have been clocked at 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He has a 40-plus-inch vertical, 10-foot broad jump and bench presses over 400 pounds.

Launches himself off the line with an explosive first step to beat tackles and can fly by and around them, showing the flexibility and balance to scrape the corner and close. Complements speed rush with a quick jab-step back to the inside and a swim over the top to counter if blockers lean outside. Locates the ball quickly and changes direction fluidly to pursue.

Exceptional reaction quickness. Decisively makes plays with an outstanding motor. Shows good effort in run pursuit. Good bloodlines. His father, Wendell Ray, played at Missouri and was a fifth-round pick of the Vikings in 1981.

WEAKNESSES: Each team's medical reports on Ray will be critical to the final evaluation as he is dealing with a lingering foot injury that some doctors believe will ultimately require surgery. He was also cited for marijuana possession just days before the draft.

Overly reliant on athleticism to wreak havoc. Still developing array of pass-rush moves. Could improve his functional strength and awareness of cut blocks. Work in progress when it comes to run-game awareness. Average power in his hands. Struggles to disengage from blockers. Too aggressive, as evidenced by his ejection in the SEC Championship for launching himself into the quarterback.

COMPARES TO: Bruce Irvin, OLB, Seahawks -- Not as slender as Irvin but has the same explosive straight-line speed, flexibility to turn the corner and the strength to pull down the ballcarrier. Ray will be highly regarded by 4-3 and 3-4 teams alike because of his natural pass rushing skills.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang

 
 
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