Kelcy Quarles DT South Carolina

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    Kelcy Quarles, DT
    School: South Carolina | Conference: SEC
    College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Hodges, SC
    Height/Weight: 6-4 / 297 lbs.
    Projected Ranking
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    • Player Lowdown
      Combine Results
      40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
      5.03--27 23 1/28'5"--
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      STRENGTHS: Boasting long-arms, a thick frame and a sudden first step, Quarles certainly looks the part of an early round NFL draft pick. Often the first of South Carolina's talented defensive line off the ball, Quarles consistently splits gaps, showing both the burst to surprise would-be blockers and the power to crash through late attempts by his opponents to latch on to him.
      When his quickness is contained, Quarles shows impressive core strength to bull rush opponents deep into the backfield, as well as an effective over-arm swim move to gain freedom. An active defender, Quarles hustles laterally and downfield in pursuit and is willing to leave his feet to make the diving, heavy hit on ballcarriers.

      Quarles plays low, showing good power and technique to absorb double-teams, making him a potential fit as a nose guard as well as a traditional three-technique defensive tackle. May just be scratching the surface of his potential.

      WEAKNESSES: Capable of threatening on his own, but many of Quarles' biggest plays in 2013 came while opponents dedicated extra blockers to stopping teammate Jadeveon Clowney. Still developing his awareness - opponents can use his aggression against him to run draws around him or throw screens over the top.

      Doesn't get his hands in the passing lanes often enough, considering how frequently he's near the quarterback. Used as part of a rotation and may tire easily as he carries extra weight around the middle.

      COMPARES TO: Lamarr Houston: Quick, strong and tenacious, Quarles projects equally well inside as a 4-3 defensive tackle or outside as a five-technique defensive end.

      --Rob Rang

      Player Overview
      A four-star recruit rated as the nation's No. 9 defensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com, Quarles originally signed with South Carolina in 2010 but attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy before joining the Gamecocks.
      As a true freshman, Quarles played in 12 of 13 games, including six starts. He recorded 28 tackles with 2.0 tackles for loss and had four quarterback hurries.

      Quarles started all 11 games in which he appeared in 2012, racking up 38 tackles, 8.0 for loss, and 3.5 sacks.

      With defenses gearing up to contain teammate Jadeveon Clowney in 2013, Quarles took advantage of often facing single coverage. He earned All-SEC First Team recognition from the league's coaches and The Associated Press after finishing the regular season with a team-high in sacks (13.5) and sacks (9.5).
     
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    Compares to Lamarr Houston sounds like an Emery guy.
     
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    I'm really thinking they go S or DE at 14, and CB/DT in the 2-4th. I again heard someone on 670, not one of the personalities, but a Bears reporter saying they think Houston is more of a fit at DT then DE.
     
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    In the article on the first post says bears would likely target Quarles in the Second Round if they draft a different position in round 1
     
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    If they are going DT in the 2nd, then they almost have to go S in the first b/c that area gets REAL thin come 3rd and 4th, and you still haven't addressed CB.
     
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    I agree Ric and this guy is growing on me. I am a firm believer that both sides of the ball will fail if you don't win up front but if quarles can do 85% of what Donald can do day one, but whoever we get in the 2nd round can only do 40% of what Pryor or Dix can do you have to go saftey first and DT 2nd.

    To put it another way: let's say we are grading on a 10 pt scale.

    Hypothetically IF this is how it grades out:

    Pryor:9
    Dix:9.2
    Donald:9.5

    Joyner:4.5
    Quarles:7.7
    Hageman:7.0

    Then regardless of my ranking of importance emery has to go saftey first DT 2nd. Despite the fact I think a 3tech trumps safety.
     
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    Then regardless of my ranking of importance emery has to go a S first DT 2nd. Despite the fact I think a 3tech trumps safety.

    Fixed that for ya. And thank you, that's a great way of putting it.
     
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    Thanks Ric lol you beat me to it: as some of you have surely noticed posting via smartphone is a challenge for me
     
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    And I believe that as well. If the go DT in one then it's Donald or Jernigan but if they don't then this kid is probably the next man up.
     

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