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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Sean Lissemore

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 298 | College: William & Mary
 
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Overview

At 6-3, 230 pounds, Lissemore turned heads in high school when running sprints for the track team. Five years and 70 pounds later, he's still turning heads with his effort and athleticism.

The New Jersey native was a four-year contributor for the Tribe, blasting onto the scene with 33 tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2006. He made 43 tackles, two for loss and a sack in first year as starter in 2007, then stepped it up with 51 tackles, 7.5 for loss and four sacks in 2008 - all with a nagging shoulder injury. A sizzling 4.8 40-yard dash at his spring 2009 pro day opened the eyes of scouts, then his All-American, first-team All-CIAA senior season (66 tackles, 14.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions) locked up his status as a draftable prospect.

Lissemore and Adrian Tracy both acquitted themselves well at the Texas vs. Nation All-Star Challenge, and then Lissemore wowed NFL teams again with a 4.81 40 at his pro day. His hustling style and agility should be welcomed on any line in the league, especially by 3-4 teams looking for an Aaron Smith, yeoman-like five-technique.

Analysis

Pass rush: Hustle rusher fights through double teams. Swims over linemen if they lean toward him. Fluid running into the backfield, closes quickly on quarterback for his size. Fair change of direction skills. Gives secondary effort to get to the passer if he holds onto the ball too long. Gets his hands into passing lanes, and has the hands to make interceptions on tipped balls.

Run defense: Plays bigger than his weight indicates, but still can get pushed off the line of scrimmage. Keeps eyes in the backfield on run plays, disengages to grab ballcarriers before they get through the hole. Keeps himself alive by recoiling and spinning off doubles to make plays. Excellent chase down the line and downfield.

Explosion: Explosive off the snap for his size and delivers a strong blow, FCS linemen can't prevent him from getting a push on a pass rush or shooting through gaps to penetrate.

Strength: Has enough upper-body strength to disengage against lower-level linemen, whether standing his ground inside or moving down the line, but will have a more difficult time moving linemen at the next level. Loses the leverage battle against stout linemen when playing with his pads too high.

Tackling: Very active tackler for an interior lineman, can drop his hips and break down in space to secure the stop. Gets downfield to help teammates bring down ballcarriers. Closes on the ball behind the line of scrimmage using speed and effort. Does not miss tackles.

Intangibles: High-motor player who gives full effort to go along with that elite athleticism. Vocal on the sidelines and locker room, also leads by example. Plays hurt.

2009 Season

Earned All-America honors from College Sporting News and Sports Network Selected to the All-CAA First Team … Played in Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game … Finished the season with 66 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions and four passes defended … TFL total ranked sixth in the league, while sack total ranked eighth … Served as a team captain.

2008 Season

Earned starts in all 11 games at defensive tackle … Totaled 51 stops and ranked second on the team with 7.5 tackles for a loss and 4.0 sacks … Ranked sixth in the CAA in tackles among defensive linemen with 4.6 stops per game … Honored as the W&M QB Club Defensive Player of the Week twice (Towson/Richmond) and as the Special Teams Player of the Week once (New Hampshire) … Recorded a career-high 10 tackles with 1.5 tackles for a loss and a sack in the win at New Hampshire … Matched a career high in tackles at James Madison while also registering a tackle for a loss … Tallied a pair of tackles for a loss and a sack in the victory at Towson … Made eight stops and had a sack in the season finale versus Richmond … Posted a tackle for a loss in the triumph against Northeastern … Earned half sacks in the win against Norfolk State and versus Villanova.

2007 Season

Played through variety of nagging injuries to start 10 of 11 games at defensive tackle … Had 43 tackles on the season … Intercepted a pass against UMass … Second on the team in sacks with two … Registered unassisted sacks against Virginia Tech and Delaware, both for seven-yard losses … Tied for third on team in tackles for losses with four … Racked up seven tackles against VMI … Had multiple tackles in every game played, including five tackles against Virginia Tech … Recorded six stops against Hofstra.

2006 Season

Turned in a solid rookie campaign on the defensive line with 33 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack … Tackles figure ranked third among the team's defensive linemen … Assisted on four stops against VMI … Recorded a solo tackle and added two assist at Massachusetts … Collected five total tackles, including two solos, in the win at Liberty … Made four assisted stops against Villanova … Helped in the upset win at Towson with a solo quarterback sack and four solo tackles in total … Tallied four stops, including three unassisted, at Delaware … Continued the strong finish to the year with a season-high seven tackles, including three solos, against Richmond.

2005 Season

Scout team defensive lineman.

Agility Tests

Combine: Did not receive an invitation.

Pro day: 4.81-second 40-yard dash.

High School

Three-year starter for coach Jim Davidson … Saw action at both guard and tackle on offense and defensive end and linebacker on defense … First team all-league as a linebacker in senior season and All-North Jersey Group 2 … Invited to Governor's Bowl and Bergen All-Star game … Helped team to best record in 20 years and a berth in state playoffs … Also earned honorable mention all-county honors … Accumulated 120 total tackles (74 solo), nine sacks and one interception in senior season … Handled kickoff duties … Four-year letterman and All-League performer in track and field in the 100 and 200 meter … Also competed in the shot put … Three-year letter winner in wrestling, where he was also an all-league performer and state medalist at 215 weight class … Member of Captains for Tomorrows Children and school's jazz band … Received 2004 West Point Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership award … Honor Roll student.

Personal

Son of William and Doretta Lissemore … Enjoys fishing, boating, lifting weights and auto-mechanics … Majoring in kinesiology … Born September 11, 1987 in Teaneck, N.J.

 
Latest News
04/25/2010 - A closer look at the Cowboys picks: Round 7/234 -- Sean Lissemore, DE/DT, 6-4, 298, William and Mary: He is a high energy, athletic lineman who can play end and tackle. He has a non-stop motor and reminds the Cowboys of Jay Ratliff

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