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Shilique Calhoun, DE

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 252 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
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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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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Lining up mostly at left defensive end, he does an excellent job using his long strides to gain instant momentum, leaning into blockers to transition that speed into power. Calhoun has a fluid lower body and bends well off the edge with natural flexibility to curve the arc.

Calhoun showed improved hand use and pass rush moves in 2014, putting more thought into his moves and using his length to stack and shed with a violent mentality. He is stout at the point of attack to hold his ground vs. the run. He is coordinated in space to easily change directions and keeps his feet well, protecting against cut blocks. Does an excellent job playing the edges and holding contain. Does a nice job using his length to jolt blockers.

WEAKNESSES: Calhoun isn't as strong as he looks right now and is missing a power element to his game as he's too easily slowed or stonewalled at contact. He loses the leverage battle too often and his ball awareness tends to run hot/cold. His snap anticipation and technique are both underdeveloped.

Bad habit of lowering his head at contact, losing sight of his target. Calhoun needs to be a better finisher in the pocket, playing too hard and out of control at times, leaving production on the field.

IN OUR VIEW: He has improved each season in East Lansing since becoming a starter as a sophomore and with more seasoning as a senior, Calhoun could establish himself as one of the top five senior prospects for the 2016 class.

--Dane Brugler (8/13/15)

Player Overview

In 2013 Michigan State was forced to replace their top pass rusher (William Gholston) and Calhoun stepped up to the task in his first year as a starter, leading the Spartans with 14.0 tackles for loss and 18 quarterback hurries. He finished the 2013 campaign as the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the year and garnered several All-American votes.

Few would have blamed Calhoun if he made the jump to the NFL after his junior season, but by returning to Michigan State for his senior year, he has a chance to vastly improve his draft value with better consistency. The Spartans' leader in sacks the last two seasons, Calhoun finished last season with a career-best 8.0 sacks, averaging 11.4 yards per sack, adding 39 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble.

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10/19/2015 - OCT 19 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State, Sr., DE, Middletown, N.J./Middletown North...Recorded five tackles, including a career-best 3.5 tackles for loss, in Michigan State's victory over Michigan...His tackles for loss totaled 11 yards, including a pair of sacks for a loss of six yards...Part of a Michigan State defense that forced the Wolverines to go three-and-out on six possessions...Earns his third career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second this season...Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Shilique Calhoun (Sept. 28, 2015). - Big Ten Football


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