Shilique Calhoun, DE

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 251 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

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
4.812.801.6823 359'7"4.256.97

Player Overview

Few would have blamed Calhoun if he made the jump to the NFL after his junior season when he was voted the Big Ten's Defensive Lineman of the Year, but by returning to Michigan State for his senior year he likely vastly improve his draft value with better consistency. Calhoun finished 2014 with a career-best 10.5 sacks among his 49 tackles, including 15.0 tackles for loss, three passes defensed and one forced fumble.

In 2013 Michigan State was forced to replace its 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.

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. He can do damage from both sides of the line. Has a fluid lower body and bends well off the edge with natural flexibility to curve the arc.

Often wins the edge with a straight speed rush, using his initial get-off and long strides to beat the tackle to the corner. Slips blocks with his quick feet and initial momentum to crash the pocket, showing a relentless play style to keep blockers busy.

Calhoun has shown improved hand use and pass rush moves, 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. Shows impressive strength, length and even agility when run defending.

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: Calhoun has a bad habit of popping upright at the snap with long legs and high hips, allowing offenses to run at him, but as a rusher, he has put together quality tape for NFL scouts to consider him in the top 32 picks.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang (2/9/16)

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