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Quintin Echols

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 328 | College: Kansas State
 
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Overview

An unmovable object in the middle of the field, Echols has been called the team's "space-eater" by the coaching staff for his ability to occupy multiple blockers. A member of the team's defensive line rotation for the past three years, his ability to clog the middle of the line and free up other teammates to make the play helped the Wildcats rank sixth in the nation with an average of 3.08 sacks and 18th with an average of 7.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage per game in 2006.

Echols was the Defensive MVP in District 7-4A as a senior at O.D. Wyatt High School. A two-time team captain and four-year starter, he ranked 40th nationally among prospects at defensive tackle by Rivals.com. He was rated 52nd among Texas state prospects by SuperPrep and earned All-Midlands Region honors from Prep Star.

The Coca-Cola All-Star Game participant finished his senior season with 71 tackles, 11 sacks and three fumble recoveries. He recorded 69 tackles, including seven sacks as junior and also had a pair of interceptions, returning one 66 yards for a touchdown. He also lettered in track, where he was the district shot put champion in 2000 and 2001. He placed third at the 2001 Texas Relays and had the longest throw in the Metroplex area at 62' 0.5".

Echols spent the 2002 season at Kansas State performing on the scout team. He appeared in 15 games as a reserve defensive tackle, posting 21 tackles with two stops for losses and a forced fumble. He started the first two of 11 games he played in at left defensive tackle in 2004, but managed just 16 tackles (eight solos) with a six-yard sack.

Echols was named the team's Most Outstanding Front Seven Player in 2005. He started all 11 games at left tackle, producing 45 tackles (22 solos) with 1.5 sacks and 5.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He shared nose guard duties in 2006, starting six of 12 games, missing the Texas Bowl after injuring his knee in practice. He finished with 31 tackles (11 solos), a sack and four stops for losses.

In 49 games at Kansas State, Echols started 19 times. He registered 113 tackles (52 solos) with 5.5 sacks for minus-28 yards and 13 stops for losses of 47 yards. He caused three fumbles and also deflected three passes.

Analysis

Positives: Has a thick, athletic lower body frame with well-developed thighs and calves … Needs overall body tone, but generates a strong hand punch and shows good upper body power combating single blocks … Has the raw strength to stack and split double teams … Has the ability to quickly diagnose plays and makes good effort to close, but has stamina issues that see him wear down later in games … For a player carrying his girth, he is efficient at quickly freeing himself from blocks coming off the snap … Shows adequate change of direction agility and a short-area burst to pressure the pocket (not enough to close on the quarterback, though) … Best when giving chase, as he has the lateral moves to work down the line … Has an instinctive feel for the ball and uses his hands effectively to play off blocks … Holds his ground decently at the point of attack (problems occur late in the games, when he tires and starts getting too erect in his stance) … Uses his body's frame well to gain leverage … Has the hand strength to pull and jerk offensive linemen down … Has good lateral agility for a player his size, hitting ball carriers squarely while on the move … Has an effective swim move to throw away blockers, but needs to shoot his hands with better consistency … Has a good concept for taking proper angles vs. the run, doing a nice job of clogging the cutback lanes.

Negatives: Has a soft, fleshy frame with added girth around the midsection that causes him to tire quickly carrying around that extra flesh during games … Needs monitoring in the training room, as he has poor habits and needs to be pushed in order to produce … Tends to get heavy and out of shape in the off-season, struggling to get back into football mode in preseason camps … Has good short-area speed to chase, but tends to get lethargic in his initial straight-line burst at the line … When he gets lazy and stands tall at the line, he will get washed off the ball by blocking pressure … When he tires late in the game, his hands tend to fall, leading his chest exposed for the blocker's hand punch … Stamina issues see him tire out and disappear from the game for long stretches, especially in 2006, when he ended up sharing time after starting the previous season … Will fall and stumble working in space when he begins to run out of gas … Can pressure the pocket, but lacks the sudden burst to close … Lacks the pass rush moves to be effective attacking the quarterback … Needs to refine his tackle technique, as he should be wrapping rather than taking a side for a player of his size.

Compares To: MARCUS BELL-N.Y. Giants … Echols is sort of like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates -- you never know what you are going to get. He comes out all fire in his belly to begin games, but by the end of the contest you can only find his face on the side of a milk carton. He has some Gilbert Brown in him, as he is a big man who can give chase, but he needs to dedicate himself to a better nutritional and weight room program. He can be a nice late-round steal, as he is a good space-eater, but needs to show some dedication to getting himself into shape so he doesn't wear down as much as he does.

Career Notes

Started 13 games at left defensive tackle and six at nose guard during his career.

2006 Season

Associated Press All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention … Shared nose guard duties, starting six of 12 regular season games … Missed the Texas Bowl vs. Rutgers when he suffered a knee sprain in practice … Recorded31 tackles (11 solos) with a 5-yard sack and four stops for losses of 14 yards … Also caused two fumbles … Part of a defense that ranked sixth nationally with an average of 3.08 sacks and 18th with an average of 7.0 tackles for losses per game.

2006 Game Analysis

Echols was in on three tackles (one solo) and an assisted stop for loss of a yard vs. Illinois State … Registered four tackles (three solo) and 2 stops for a loss of 6-yards vs. Florida Atlantic … Was in on three tackles (one solo) and forced a fumble vs. Marshall … Secured four tackles (three solo) and forced a fumble vs. Louisville … Was in on three tackles (two solo) and a stop for a loss of 5-yards vs. Oklahoma State … Involved in three tackles (two solo) vs. Missouri … Made three tackles (one solo) with a sack for minus 5-yards and stop for a loss of 5-yards vs. Colorado … Assisted on two tackles in each of the Texas and Kansas games.

2005 Season

Named the team's Most Outstanding Front Seven Player … Took over left defensive duties, starting all eleven games … Finished sixth on the team with a career-high 45 tackles (22 solos) … Had 1.5 sacks for minus 8 yards and 5.5 stops for losses totaling 18 yards … Also deflected a pair of passes.

2005 Game Analysis

Registered four solo tackles and a stop for loss of a yard vs. Florida International …

Assisted on two tackles with an assisted sack for minus 2-yards and a stop for a loss of 2 yards vs. Marshall … Registered five tackles (two solo) and a stop for a loss of 5-yards vs. North Texas … Assisted on five tackles vs. Oklahoma … Involved in two tackles (one solo) and also deflected a pass vs. Texas Tech … Recorded four tackles (three solo) and a stop for loss of 2-yards vs. Texas A&M … Secured seven tackles (two solo) and deflected a pass vs. Colorado … Was able to get four tackles (two solo) and a pressure vs. Iowa State … The lineman registered seven tackles (four solo) with a sack for minus 6-yards and 2 stops for a loss of 8-yards vs. Missouri.

2004 Season

Saw action in eleven games, starting the first two contests vs. Western Kentucky and Fresno State at left defensive tackle … Finished with sixteen tackles (8 solos), a 6-yard sack and 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage … Made four total stops vs. Fresno State … Was the team's third-leading tackler at Missouri with a single-season high four solos, including a six-yard sack.

2003 Season

Played in fifteen games as a reserve defensive tackle … Recorded 21 tackles (11 solos) with two sacks for minus 9 yards, a pass deflection and a forced fumble … Collected a single-season best four total tackles vs. McNeese State, including two solos and a forced fumble … Had three tackles, including his first career sack, vs. California.

2002 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2005: Bothered in spring camp with a right ankle sprain.

2006: Did not play in the Texas Bowl vs. Rutgers after suffering a knee sprain in practice.

2007: Could not complete the agility tests at the Combine due to a left quadriceps strain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.04 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided) … 5.06 40-yard dash (against the wind) … 488-pound bench press … 844-pound safe squat … 319-pound hang clean … 31.5-inch vertical jump … 8'8" broad jump … 4.78 20-yard shuttle … 7.95 three-cone drill … 32 7/8-inch arm length … 9 1/4-inch hands … Right-handed … 17/22 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 5.44 in the 40-yard dash … 1.9 10-yard dash … 3.14 20-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times.

High School

Attended O.D. Wyatt (Fort Worth, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Lewis Hayes … Defensive MVP in District 7-4A as a senior … The two-time team captain and four-year starter ranked 40th nationally among prospects at defensive tackle by Rivals.com … Rated 52nd among Texas state prospects by SuperPrep and earned All-Midlands Region honors from Prep Star … The Coca-Cola All-Star Game participant finished his senior season with 71 tackles, 11 sacks and three fumble recoveries … Recorded 69 tackles, including seven sacks as junior and also had a pair of interceptions, returning one 66 yards for a touchdown … Also lettered in track, where he was the district shot put champion in 2000 and 2001 … Placed third at the 2001 Texas Relays and had the longest throw in the Metroplex area at 62' 0.5".

Personal

Social Science major … Son of Dorothy and James Lang … Cousin, Joe Gordon, was a cornerback at Kansas State (1993-96) … Born 7/08/84 in Fort Worth, Texas.

 
 

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