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2015 NFL DRAFT

Kawann Short, DT

School: Purdue  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: East Chicago, IN
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 299 lbs.
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LATEST NEWS
04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 43. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue: Snap-to-snap consistency has been an issue with Short throughout much of his career, but he has also proven to be a natural playmaker, averaging 16 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and three blocked kicks during the past three years. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/28/2013 - Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short was unable to work out at the NFL Scouting Combine or the school's pro day on March 1 due to a hamstring injury, so an individual workout was held on Monday. There were 20 teams present in West Lafayette, Ind., including five defensive line coaches and New Orleans Saints director of college scouting Rick Reiprish, for a workout held indoors on FieldTurf.

Short (6-foot-3 3/8, 303 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 5.08 and 5.09 seconds. He had a 27-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-4 broad jump. He ran the three-cone drill in 7.55 seconds had the short shuttle in 4.65 seconds. He also performed 29 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Short - a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree - also did positional drills. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/01/2013 - Cornerback Josh Johnson headlines the group of 15 former Boilermakers who will be participating in the program's annual Pro Day at the Mollenkopf Athletic Center on Friday. Scouts from the NFL and other professional leagues will be on hand to assess over a dozen former Boilermakers looking to get selected in April's NFL Draft. Projected first-round pick Kawann Short will not be working out as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury. He will hold a personal pro day at Purdue on March 26. 2011 graduate Gerald Gooden and 2010 graduate Keith Carlos will be joining 13 seniors from Purdue's 2012 team. - The Purdue Exponent

01/01/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Kawann Short battled an ankle injury about a month ago, but has performed at a high level since returning. The All-Big Ten first-team selection led the Boilermakers in tackles for loss (14.5) and sacks (6.0). Once Short returned from his ankle injury, Purdue's highly touted defensive line played up to its expectations. - The Sports Xchange

01/01/2013 - Scouting the Purdue run defense: Despite allowing some gaudy numbers earlier in the season, the Boilermakers have limited the rushing yardage. Penn State, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana failed to crack the 200-yard mark after Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota surpassed that mark in three of the first four Big Ten games. - The Sports Xchange

12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: DT - Kawann Short, senior, Purdue...Short, who will be playing in his final game as a Boilermaker on Jan. 1, in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, wrapped up his final regular season at Purdue with 42 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, four PBUs, four blocked kicks, two fumbles recovered and one forced. He finished the 2012 regular season tied for fourth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss per game and tied for fifth in sacks. Short is eighth all-time at Purdue in both career tackles for loss (48.0) and sacks (18.5) and has blocked more career field goals (six) than any other player in school history. - Purdue football

12/05/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Kawann Short, Purdue, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Short, a first team selection by the coaches last season, was feted as such by both the coaches and the media this year. A native of East Chicago, Ind., short wrapped up his final regular season at Purdue with 42 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, four PBUs, four blocked kicks, two fumbles recovered and one forced.

He finished the regular season tied for fourth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss per game and tied for fifth in sacks. With a bowl game remaining to be played, Short is eighth all-time at Purdue in both career tackles for loss (48.0) and sacks (18.5). - Purdue football

12/05/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DL Kawann Short, Purdue, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Short, a first team selection by the coaches last season, was feted as such by both the coaches and the media this year. A native of East Chicago, Ind., short wrapped up his final regular season at Purdue with 42 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, four PBUs, four blocked kicks, two fumbles recovered and one forced.

He finished the regular season tied for fourth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss per game and tied for fifth in sacks. With a bowl game remaining to be played, Short is eighth all-time at Purdue in both career tackles for loss (48.0) and sacks (18.5). - Purdue football

11/29/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: 2. DT Kawann Short, 6-3, 315, Purdue: Why he has the second spot: Short and the Boilermakers closed the regular season with a three-game winning streak, thus granting Purdue bowl eligibility. The senior had six tackles against Indiana in his final game in West Lafayette -- the second-most he's had all season. The Boilermakers will now play the waiting game to see which bowl will send them an invitation. Short was named first-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media.

Season stats: 42 tackles, 14 for loss, six sacks, four blocked field goals. Player ranking: Short is ranked as the 39th-best player in the draft and the seventh-best DT, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: It hasn't been announced but CBSSports.com predicts that the Boilermakers will play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Iowa State on Jan. 1. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

11/22/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 2. DT Kawann Short, 6-3, 315, Purdue: Why he has the second spot: Short had four tackles and a sack in Saturday's win over Illinois, but the Boilermakers did concede 173 rushing yards to the Fighting Illini. Short, a senior and one of the leaders on the team, kept the team together despite the five-game losing streak to start conference play. Season stats: 36 tackles, 14 for loss, six sacks, four blocked field goals.

Player ranking: Short is rated as the 39th overall prospect and the seventh-best DT in the class, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: Purdue, sitting at five wins on the season, has one more shot this weekend to become bowl-eligible. The Boilermakers host Indiana and a win Saturday would likely extend Short's Purdue career for one more game. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

11/14/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 2. DT Kawann Short, 6-3, 315, Purdue: Why he has the second spot: Short earned conference defensive player of the week honors for his efforts in defeating Iowa on the road Saturday, marking the Boilermakers' first win in Iowa City since 1992. Short had six tackles, including four for loss, and helped hold the Hawkeyes' rushing attack to just 74 yards. More importantly, Short's effort didn't waver in the midst of Purdue's five-game losing streak. Player ranking: Short is ranked as the No. 39 overall prospect and No. 7 defensive tackle in the class, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Season stats: 32 tackles, 13 for loss, 5 sacks, 4 blocked field goals. Up next: The Boilermakers have a shot at winning two in a row for the first time since mid-September when they travel to Champaign to play the Fighting Illini (2-8, 0-6). Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase has been sacked 19 times, the third most in the Big Ten, and should be under duress due to inconsistent offensive line play. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

11/14/2012 - Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short has accepted an invitation to play in this season's Senior Bowl. Short has started 47 games for the Boilermakers (4-6, 1-5 Big Ten) and is considered a possible first-round pick in April's NFL draft. He leads the conference in tackles for loss (13.0) and is tied for fourth in sacks (5.0) this season. He also has set a school career record by blocking six field goals. He has blocked eight kicks overall. The game will be played Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala., and is one of the top showcases heading into the draft. It is the seventh consecutive year a Purdue player has been invited to the game. - AP Sports

11/12/2012 - WEEK 11 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kawann Short, Purdue, Sr., DT, East Chicago, Ind./East Chicago Central...Posted six tackles, including a career-best four tackles for loss, as Purdue defeated Iowa 27-24 on the road on Saturday...Finished with five solo tackles, including a third-quarter sack for a 10-yard loss to help Purdue win in Iowa City for the first time since 1992...Part of a Purdue defense that held Iowa to just 74 yards rushing after entering the game averaging more than 125 yards per contest...Takes home his third career Defensive Player of the Week laurel and first this season. - Big Ten football

11/07/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 2. DT Kawann Short, 6-3, 315, Purdue: Why he has the second spot: Short, playing on a bum ankle against the Nittany Lions last Saturday, only managed one tackle as Penn State sophomore RB Zach Zwinak rushed for a career-high 134 yards. After the game he described his ankle as "so-so" and said that although he felt good on the field, he thinks it's around 80 percent healthy. Season stats: 26 tackles, nine for loss, four sacks, four blocked field goals. Player ranking: Short is the 35th-ranked player in the draft class and the sixth-best tackle, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Boilermakers play at Iowa on Saturday and are still seeking their first conference victory after losing five in a row. The Hawkeyes have two capable running backs in Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock, who differ in their rushing styles. Weisman is a between-the-tackle type halfback while Bullock prefers to bounce it outside. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/23/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH -- WEEK 8: 2. DT Kawann Short, 6-3, 315, Purdue: Why he has the second spot: Short was bullied by Ohio State's ever-progressing offensive line and finished with just three tackles in Saturday's improbable comeback victory by the Buckeyes. Short and company allowed three rushing touchdowns (two to Carlos Hyde, one to Braxton Miller) and couldn't get any pressure on backup QB Kenny Guiton on the game's decisive fourth-quarter drive. Season stats: 23 tackles, nine for loss, four sacks, and four blocked field goals. Player ranking: Short is the 27th-best prospect and the fourth-best tackle in the class, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Boilermakers take on Minnesota on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. The Gophers didn't allow a sack last week in freshman Philip Nelson's collegiate debut. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/16/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 7: 2. DT Kawann Short, 6-3, 315, Purdue: Why he has the second spot: Much like Hankins, Short can't be pleased with his team's rush defense this past weekend against Wisconsin. Badgers running back Montee Ball had a career-high 247 yards and three touchdowns against what was supposed to be one of the best defensive lines in the conference. Short is tied for the league lead with nine tackles for loss and he continues to be a terror on special teams, blocking another field goal against the Badgers. He owns the school record of six career blocked kicks. Season stats: 20 tackles, nine for loss, four sacks, four blocked FGs. Player ranking: Short is the 25th-best overall prospect and is the fourth-best DT in the class, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: Short and the Boilermakers have a huge upcoming test against the Buckeyes' running game. If Short can't contain the tandem of Braxton Miller and power running back Carlos Hyde, the Boilermakers will have lost three in a row and effectively removed themselves from Big Ten championship consideration. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/10/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: 2. DT Kawann Short, 6-3, 315, Purdue: Why he has the second spot: Short finished Saturday's game against Michigan with a season-high eight tackles and a pass deflection but any positive individual performances were overshadowed by Denard Robinson's 235 yard rushing day against the Boilermakers. It's not really fair to ask Short, who's already lined up along the interior, to catch Robinson when he breaks it outside. Season stats: 17 tackles, four sacks, two blocked field goals. Player ranking: Short is the 30th-best overall prospect and the fifth-best DT in the field, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: Short will have a chance to make a big impact in next Saturday's game against Wisconsin, which is slowly beginning to refocus its offense around Montee Ball. The game, which is in West Lafayette, pits the two most likely contenders to represent the Leaders Division in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/02/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: 2. DT Kawann Short, 6-3, 315, Purdue: Why he has the second spot: Kawann Short's stock is soaring following his all-around performance in Saturday's win over Marshall. The senior tackle blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt, caused a fumble and had three tackles for loss, including a sack. It's already Short's second blocked field goal this season and the fifth of his career. "A lot of people depend on me," he said to Jeff Washburn of the Journal and Courier. "When I get a block, everybody feeds off that and we get momentum. With Bruce Gaston in there, I know I can get a push and just stick my paw back there and something will happen." Even Marshall coach Doc Holliday was impressed. "That's why he's going to be playing on Sundays," he said. Season stats: 9 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 blocked field goals. Player ranking: Short is the 30th-ranked player in the draft class and the fifth-best tackle, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Next up: The Boilermakers host Michigan on Saturday and should Short have a big game against the Wolverines' offensive line which features 6-7 T Taylor Lewan, it will undoubtedly vault him into the national spotlight. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

09/25/2012 - BIG TEN NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 4: 3. DT Kawann Short, 6-3, 315, Purdue: Why he has the third spot: Short and the Boilermakers had off this past weekend but will resume play at home against Marshall this Saturday. Short is Brent Yarina's (Big Ten Network) No. 1 defensive player in the conference. Season stats (three games): Six tackles, three sacks. Player ranking: Short is the 30th-ranked prospect and the fifth-best defensive tackle, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Boilermakers rested this past weekend and will host Marshall on Saturday at 3:15 p.m ET. The Herd are the top-ranked passing team in the country so Short's pressure will be integral in neutralizing quarterback Rakeem Cato's effectiveness. Short is three inches taller than Cato and can help limit his 71 percent accuracy by putting his hands up and blocking throws. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

09/11/2012 - KEEP AN EYE ON: It's clear Purdue's defensive line is a strength. The Boilermakers held the Irish to 52 rushing yards and registered five sacks. Purdue registered five sacks against the Irish by four different players. Kawann Short led the way with two, while Russell, Nnamdi Ezenwa and Greg Latta all had one. DE Ryan Russell totaled seven tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss. He also had a sack from his defensive end position to solidify the play of the defensive line. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Purdue held EKU to only 190 yards, including 70 on three plays. The competition, though, increases this week at Notre Dame, which scored 50 points and had its way with Navy in the opener. The Boilermakers' defensive line will have to control the line of scrimmage in order for coach Danny Hope's team to stay in contention. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kawann Short must help slow down Notre Dame's run game or it will be a long day for the Boilermakers. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2012 - BIG TEN: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING: Kawann Short, Purdue: The senior defensive tackle who returned for his final year didn't have a stellar season-opening debut. Short had just one tackle (a sack) in the Boilermakers' 48-6 rout of Eastern Kentucky. At 6-3, 310-pounds, Short came into the season as one of the top tackles in the conference but he'll need to have a bigger impact against a far superior opponent. You can see him next: Purdue at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC). - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 14. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue: Frankly, had this Boilermaker had the type of season he enjoyed in 2011 for an SEC school (54 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 6?? sacks), fans across the country would know the 6-3, 305-pounder's name by now. Short has a thick, wide frame and plays with excellent strength and leverage, making him a potential nose guard candidate. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/12/2012 - Top-five Purdue prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. DT Kawann Short...Trying to become the next first round Boilermaker, Short has started at Purdue since his freshman season and has tallied 33.5 tackles for loss over his career. He enters the 2012 season as arguably the Big Ten's No. 1 senior NFL prospect. Short was a three-star prep recruit out of the Chicago area and committed to Purdue prior to his senior year in high school. After redshirting in 2008, he started every game as a freshman and sophomore, combining for 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks. Short had his best season as a junior last season, setting career-bests with 54 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, earning First Team All-Big Ten and team MVP honors. He is a large human being with a huge wingspan, using his long arms to bat down passes (11 pass break-ups) and make plays on special teams (4 blocked kicks). Short can be an immovable object in the middle of the field when he plays disciplined and generates power from his lower body. However, he too often gives streaky effort and doesn't consistently play with leverage. Short sees a lot of double-teams, but scouts want to see more of a mean streak and less passiveness. He has been productive over his first three seasons in West Lafayette, but there is also some negative game tape out there on him. And while Short will still be an attractive pro prospect because of his natural size and tools, he needs to prove he can be consistently more than just a plugging space-eater to cement his top-50 status. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/28/2012 - "More of his best, more of his best - his best on a consistent basis," Purdue coach Danny Hope said when asked about what he wants to see from Short this season. "He can be one of the top players at his position in the country, not just in our league. "He has exceptional potential, a lot of want-to. He's really improved from a physicality standpoint. He's in much better shape, he's a leaner, more conditioned Kawann Short, he's a more experienced Kawann Short. If he plays his best on a more consistent basis, he will really impact our team this season." And likely secure his financial future. Short contemplated entering the NFL Draft after his junior season, his third straight as a starter after redshirting. But he opted to return to school, a decision predicated on two factors. The first factor was a pledge he made to his mother, Yvonne Green, to get his diploma. The second factor was the third-round grade he received from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. That assessment was based on film; Short could have enhanced his stock in workouts. But another season in college seemed more beneficial for him. And he already has been widely projected as a first-round pick in 2013. "I felt, in my mind, I could work myself to be way better with another whole year of preparation," said Short, a two-time team captain. "A lot of people have more confidence in me and the way I can work myself up, just doing what I need to do to be that dominant player, that dominant guy in the middle. I want to work my way up to the Top 5 - that's one of my biggest goals right now, to get myself to that next level." - Michael Osipoff, The Post-Tribune

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Short, from East Chicago, Ind., enters his final season at Purdue 15th all-time in school history in tackles for loss (33.5) and sacks (12.5). He is coming off a junior year that saw him finish with career highs in tackles (54), tackles for loss (17.0) and sacks (6.5). He led Purdue in both TFLs and sacks in 2011. - Purdue football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Short, from East Chicago, Ind., enters his final season at Purdue 15th all-time in school history in tackles for loss (33.5) and sacks (12.5). He is coming off a junior year that saw him finish with career highs in tackles (54), tackles for loss (17.0) and sacks (6.5). He led Purdue in both TFLs and sacks in 2011. - Purdue football

07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kawann Short, Purdue, DT, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. - The Football Writers Association of America

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Kawann Short, Purdue, DT, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. Short, a defensive tackle from East Chicago, Ind., enters his final season at Purdue 15th all-time in school history in tackles for loss (33.5) and sacks (12.5). He is coming off a junior year that saw him finish with career highs in tackles (54), tackles for loss (17.0) and sacks (6.5). He led Purdue in both TFLs and sacks in 2011. - Purdue football

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 9. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue: Frankly, had this Boilermaker had the type of season he enjoyed in 2012 (54 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks), fans across the country would know the 6-3, 305 pounder's name by now. Short has a thick, wide frame and plays with excellent strength and leverage, making him a potential nose guard candidate. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kawaan Short, Purdue, DT, 6-3, 310 (E. Chicago, Indiana): 2nd team All-Big Ten...17 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks...54 tackles...Team co-captain. - Lott IMPACT Trophy

 
LATEST NEWS
04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 43. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue: Snap-to-snap consistency has been an issue with Short throughout much of his career, but he has also proven to be a natural playmaker, averaging 16 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and three blocked kicks during the past three years. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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