Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
Kpassagnon (pronounced Tawn-oh pass-N-yo) was one of the big winners of this year’s combine. At 6’7″, 289 pounds, he ran the 40 in 4.83 seconds and recorded a 10’8″ broad jump. His stock is certainly rising, but it wouldn’t be insane if he were still on the board in the fourth round.
As a senior at Villanova, Kpassagnon recorded 45 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. Seeing that Kpassagnon is a local kid, it’s hard to imagine the Eagles haven’t already done their fair share of homework on him. The Eagles met with Kpassagnon at the combine, so the intrigue is certainly there.
Here is a scouting report on Kpassagnon, courtesy of NFL.com:
"STRENGTHS: Big body and long frame. Should be able to continue packing pounds onto his frame. Flashes some upper body power with an ability to fight through move blocks. Has plus athleticism with explosive hip thrust that can jolt blockers at point of attack. Has lateral quickness to beat reach blocks and slice into the backfield. Has the tools to be a one- or two-gap player. Raw in his pass rush, but shows occasional glimpses into his potential. Athletic with range and above average tackle radius. Highly intelligent and very mature. History of blocking kicks will catch the eye of a special team’s coach. WEAKNESSES: Average explosiveness up the field. Doesn’t find ways to the edge as a pass rusher often enough. Too content to just ride on a stale bull rush. Plays with excessively narrow base and anchor. Functional contact balance seems to be a coin-flip from snap to snap. Legs don’t always look steady under him. Tussles with blocker in front of him and loses track of the ball. Plays upright and gets pads turned too easily by blockers widening him out of the hole. Need to learn to use his length to punch and control at the point."