2020 NFL Draft Profile - DE A.J. Epenesa

Updated: Mar 21


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Player Description:


Name: A.J Epenesa Position: Defensive End/Edge College: Iowa Uniform Number: #94 Class: Junior Height: 6'6 Weight: 275 lbs


Strengths:

Epenesa is a crafty and durable pass rusher, whose first step poses an immediate problem for opposing blockers. One-on-one, Epenesa does and excellent job using his length and disengaging quickly using his hands; rarely gets stuck on blocks. Against the run, he is a natural at keeping his leverage at a low base and driving up on blockers; his technique in this regards makes him difficult to push backwards. In pass rushing situations, Epenesa has active hands and utilizes a variety of counters to optimize his chances of reaching the quarterback. Possesses a reasonable amount of flexibility to get pressure around the edge; his ability to dip underneath opposing blockers is a plus. Best suited in a 4-3 front in 3 or 5 technique.



Weaknesses:


In general, Epenesa possesses average athleticism, After his initial first step, he lacks a pass rush plan; as a result, he can be easily neutralized. Concedes to double teams, Epenesa can be rendered ineffective in these situations. His lateral bend is limited; minus his dip, he can be easily pushed off the edge by opposing tackles. Aside from his counters, he possesses few pass rush moves, making him predicable.

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