Shilique Calhoun, DE

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Height/Weight: - / - lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Chicago Bears | #12
    Despite investments in free agency and the draft, the Bears' defense remains alarmingly toothless. Calhoun has the length and burst off the snap to warrant consideration earlier but doesn't yet possess ideal strength.
  • Dallas Cowboys | #28
    The Cowboys need depth on the defensive line, both inside and outside, and Calhoun has steadily improved against both the pass and the run the last two seasons. He is still learning, but the consistent progression is encouraging.
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Calhoun has a fluid lower body and bends well off the edge with natural flexibility to curve the arc. 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.

Calhoun isn't yet a polished product and his hand use needs coached up to improve his shed technique and rush ability.

He shows a lot of promise as a future early draft pick if he can continue to develop as a junior.

--Dane Brugler (9/5/14)

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.
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Player News
01/12/2015 - Shilique Calhoun returning to Michigan State...With the NFL's deadline for underclassmen to declare their intentions for the 2015 draft just four days away, 'tis the season for players to hold press conferences and make their announcements. Most often, that results in the player announcing that his collegiate career is over. Fans at Michigan State, however, got a pleasant surprise Sunday when redshirt junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun announced that he was returning to the Spartans for 2015. The two-time All-American cited the opportunity to help Michigan State compete for a national championship and earn his degree. His announcement can be seen on this video, courtesy of the Detroit Free Press. The 6-foot-4, 257 pound Calhoun, registered 15.5 sacks, 26.5 tackles for loss, 26 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles over the past two seasons.

Calhoun joked that the NFL Advisory Committee told him he'd be the No. 1 overall pick but ultimately he declined to state his actual projection from scouts. Later, according to the Detroit Free Press report, Michigan State head coach Mark D'Antonio said that Calhoun was informed that he was likely to be a "first day" pick. While obviously productive and already highly regarded, Calhoun currently lacks the functional strength to guarantee a first round selection, especially in a draft as deep and talented at edge rusher as this one. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com



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