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Markus Kuhn

| | College: North Carolina State
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Markus Kuhn was a star linebacker and defensive lineman for a German high school.

Kuhn came to NC State as a 21 year old Freshman in 2007, and had some production before a shoulder injury caused a med-shirt year in 2009. Kuhn has been part of the DT rotation for the past two years. Stats were 33 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 2 sacks, and 3 pass defensed in 2007, 20/3/2/1 in 2008, 17/1.5/0/1 in 2010, and 45/9.5/4.5/3 during a strong final campaign in 2011.

Kuhn's greatest asset is power, which comes from a compact stance, good quickness off the snap, and initial low surge led by powerful hands at the end of long muscular arms. Kuhn consistently overpowered interior offensive linemen and got penetration. Kuhn is a bit high hipped, and has trouble changing directions.

As an NFL Draft prospect, Kuhn could fit inside in a 4-3 or outside in a 3-4. Best fit would appear to be DT in 4-3 similar to NYG scheme where DTs are expected to push the pocket and bat down passes, areas where Kuhn excels. Upside appears limited by hip issue, and lack of additional moves beyond basic power. Kuhn may never be more than a rotational DL at the next level.


Strengths: Very strong with long arms and powerful hands. Has a tremendously powerful bull rush. Mostly quick off the snap. Excels at holding the point, even against double teams, and collapsing the pocket. Gets hands up and bats passes.

Weaknesses: Is somewhat high hipped and stiff. If initial power move fails, tends to get tall and do nothing. Does not move well laterally. Does not have great balance. Ends up on the ground a lot. Shoulder and older than average age could be issues.

NFL Comparison: Mike Neal - Green Bay Packers

--Brad Noel

2011 Season

An honorable mention All-ACC performer … Left the Boston College game after only nine snaps with an abdomen injury, he didn't start the Clemson game … Oldest player on the team at 25 - he didn't start playing football until he was 15, the youngest age kids in Germany are allowed to play … Graduated in May with a degree in business admin.

2010 Season

Reserve defensive tackle who played in 11 contests, including a season-high 21 snaps against Virginia Tech … Missed the Georgia Tech game with a head injury.

2009 Season


2008 Season

Started the season opener at South Carolina and the last two games of the regular season versus North Carolina and Miami … Had a 10-yard sack in the win over the Hurricanes … In for a season high 42 snaps in that contest as well … Saw action in just 23 plays in the bowl game, he was recovering from a shoulder injury.

2007 Season

Named an honorable mention freshman All-American by The Sporting News … Talented young player who played at defensive tackle in the first six games of the season, then moved to end for the East Carolina contest … Made his first sack versus ECU … Was 21 years old when he began his freshman campaign, he started playing football when he was 15 - the youngest age when kids can play in Germany.

High School

Played outside linebacker and defensive line for his team, the Weinheim Longhorns … Named to the league's all-star team all four seasons and was the league rookie of the year … Was his team's leading tackler his final campaign and was the Weinheim def


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