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DeMarcus Ware

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 251 | College: Troy
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Demarcus is an excellent edge rusher with outstanding speed and change of direction agility. He lacks the ideal frame you look for in an every-down end and could be limited to situational duties in the NFL because of his lack of bulk. However, if one should watch his battles against 344-pound tackle Nate Griffin (Marshall) and 330-pounder Andrew Whitworth (LSU) in 2004, you will see a player that compensates for a lack of size with a relentless motor and excellent lateral agility.

He is a fluid and flexible runner who plays at a low pad level and has proven to be very successful playing off the edge. Even with his long arms, when he works in-line, he struggles to disengage when the larger blockers lock on to him. However, he shows excellent snap anticipation ability and easily eludes blockers with his initial burst into the backfield. When he gets an edge on an offensive lineman's shoulder, he is quick to turn the corner and shows urgency closing on the passer.

Ware can make opposite field plays due to his acceleration and has exceptional ability to come off the edge to collapse the pocket and reach the quarterback. He is a superb chase guy who moves easily coming from the backside. Despite giving up considerable bulk to offensive linemen, he has the strength to get a good push off blocks, redirect and string plays out. He is relentless in pursuit and does a nice job of staying low in his pads to deliver crunching tackles on the move.

Demarcus is instinctive and plays with good field vision. Ware shows nice flexibility to leverage at the point of attack and has the lateral slide to avoid blocks on the move. He is a solid wrap-up tackler who can punish runners with his hitting ability. He shows good hand usage and extension to stave off the blockers trying to get into his chest, but if they lock on, he can be neutralized. He will then try to overcompensate, taking wrong angles to the ball or fail to control his momentum by getting too far upfield to make the play.

Ware has a very strong hand punch and good arm extension. He is strong at the point and knows how to squeeze and leverage blockers. He has raw pass rush technique and needs to develop better counter moves, as he relies mostly on his sudden burst to make plays in the backfield. He lacks polish in his backpedal and is not experienced in dropping back while in man coverage.

Demarcus knows how to use his hands to reroute tight ends and backs in the short area, but will bite on play action and eyes the quarterback too long when having to play in zone coverage. He is better suited playing in space and on the move. He will make a lot of his plays coming from the backside, but when he gets too high in his stance, he will struggle to disengage trying to shoot the inside gaps.

He looks more like a Jason Taylor clone, as he is best working off the edge. Some liken him to Baltimore's Terrell Suggs, but from film review, I do not think that he has the pass coverage ability to drop back and handle zone assignments (best when making tackles in front of him). Still, his explosion and desire to make the play will make this guy one that will have to be accounted for on the field.

He will need to add bulk in order to remain a down lineman, but his frame may be at maximum growth potential. If he moves to linebacker, he is better suited to operate as a weak-side rush linebacker in a 3-4 alignment in order to get value from him immediately.

2004 Season

All-American honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report … ESPN All-Independent first-team choice … Started every game at left defensive end … Recorded 62 tackles (43 solos) with six sacks for minus-40 yards … Led the team with 16 stops for losses of 54 yards and 32 quarterback pressures … Recovered two fumbles and led the team with five forced fumbles.

2003 GAME Analysis

Kansas State … Sacked QB Ell Roberson for a 4-yard loss, causing a fumble and posted six solo tackles.

Minnesota … Made 9 tackles (5 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and caused a fumble.

Alabama-Birmingham … Credited with six pressures.

Southeastern Louisiana … Sacked QB Martin Hankins for a 6-yard loss, causing a fumble that Demarcus recovered and was in on two tackles with four pressures.

Nebraska … Credited with a 6-tackle (4 solos) performance.

Florida International … Registered 5 tackles (3 solos) with eight pressures and three stops for minus-19 yards … Twice sacked QB Josh Padrick for losses totaling 18 yards.

North Texas … Collected 8 tackles (4 solos) with two stops for minus-8 yards, a fumble recovery and a pressure.

Middle Tennessee … Delivered six hits, caused a fumble and had a pressure.

Utah State … Had three tackles with a 6-yard sack of QB Travis Cox and a pair of pressures.

Louisiana-Monroe … Blocked a punt, posted 7 tackles (6 solos), sacked QB Steven Jyles for minus-6 yards, made five stops behind the line of scrimmage with eight pressures and caused two fumbles, earning National Defensive Player of the Week honors from The NFL Draft Report.

2003 Season

Was scheduled to back up Shelton Felton at left defensive end, but when Felton was hurt in the season opener vs. Nebraska, Demarcus stepped in and started the rest of the season … Recorded a career-high 72 tackles (47 solos) with nine sacks for minus-59 yards, 20 stops for losses of 80 yards and thirteen quarterback pressures … Also recovered and caused a fumble.


Nebraska … Came off the bench to post five tackles.

Alabama-Birmingham … In his first career start, he responded with a season-high 13 tackles (8 solos) as he sacked QB Darrell Hackney for minus-15 yards, made three stops behind the line of scrimmage with a pressure and recovered a fumble.

Southern Utah … Produced five tackles with a pressure and sacked QB Dustin Randolph for a 6-yard loss.

Iowa State … Made 5 tackles (4 solos) and three stops for losses of 15 yards, including a 9-yard sack of QB Seneca Wallace.

Missouri … Credited with an 8-tackle (4 solos) performance.

Mississippi State … Registered three pressures and 7 tackles (5 solos).

Florida A&M … Posted 6 tackles (5 solos) as he sacked QB Reggie Hayes twice and QB Casey Printers once for a total of minus-14 yards, had four stops behind the line of scrimmage and three pressures.

Utah State … Closed out the season with 7 tackles (5 solos) and three sacks of QB Jose Fuentes for losses of 15 yards.

2002 Season

Played in eight games as a reserve defensive end … Finished with 14 tackles (5 solos), two sacks for minus-12 yards and three stops for losses of 15 yards.


Nicholls State … Made two tackles and his first career sack, good for a 1-yard loss.

Cal State Northridge … Sacked QB Marcus Brady for minus-11 yards.

Maryland … Registered a season-high seven tackles and stopped tailback Bruce Perry for a 3-yard loss.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.


Business Information Systems major … Son of Brenda Ware and Otis Pitts … Born 7/31/82 in Auburn, Alabama.

High School

4.51 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided) … 4.56 in the 40-yard dash (normal conditions) … 430-pound bench press … Bench presses 225 pounds 23 times … 570-pound squat … 360-pound power clean … 4.27 20-yard shuttle … 7.08 three-cone drill … 38.5-inch vertical jump … 10'7" broad jump … 34-inch arm length … 10-inch hands … Right-handed … 16/24 Wonderlic score.


Attended Auburn (Ala.) High School, playing football for coach Clay McCall … Played two on the gridiron, earning All-Area honors as a senior when he had 55 tackles (40 solos)and seven sacks … Earned Most Valuable Linebacker, Wide Receiver and leadership honors from the team … Also participated in basketball, baseball and track.


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