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99 on it. Two of my biggest things are my hard work and dedication, and I'm going to bring those two to the NFL with me.". The Falcons allowed more than 300 passing yards for Carolina when these rivals played on Oct. 11. We present them here for purely educational purposes. wore an Iowa jersey with No. "We played all the way from the zero to the five, and coach mentioned we had to be versatile at every position.". . Join our linker program. ranked second in Big Ten and 16th nationally with four forced fumbles in 2018 . former Hawkeye has NFL scouts wondering if he has the capability to play on the interior of a defensive line as well as off the edge. While he would be excited to play with Connelly again, Baun's game is modeled more like Cleveland's versatile Pro Bowler Joe Schobert, another Wisconsin product. 3) Iowa DE AJ Epenesa wants to prove he belongs at the top.

. For Epenesa, the issue is not on-field results--he consistently proved he could dominate Big Ten opponents through brute strength. His game also includes the ability to cover tight ends, a necessity in the modern game. "And it's just kind of something that showed the Polynesian kids around the country, no matter where you're from, can make it to the NFL and be like that as well.".

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Some school's results have been altered by retroactive NCAA penalties. On January 17, 2016, Epenesa committed to Iowa. While LSU quarterback Joe Burrow ultimately won the Heisman Trophy, Young became just the ninth defensive finalist since 1982. Yet despite constant production in college, the speed of the 280 lb.

Stats for DE A.J. one of two true freshmen named to 2017 Leadership Group . Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. "I think I showed it on my tape. In both his junior and senior season, the Illinois native received First Team All-Big Ten honors. stream ", View the best behind the scenes photos from the NFL Combine, Download the Giants' official app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. He won the 2019 Lott IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity) Trophy and also picked up first-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-SEC honors. Every article of clothing that prospects wear at the Scouting Combine is screen-printed with their position. The Giants.com crew discusses biggest takeaways from the week in Indianapolis. INDIANAPOLIS – It's hard for the media to agree on where to eat each night of the Scouting Combine, but it's not difficult to find a consensus on the best prospect in the draft. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. There you have it. Epenesa.

Before Young led everyone in 2019, Epenesa had the most sacks in the Big Ten in 2018. Kind of showed me what Joe Schobert did. endstream So I'm like, 'This dude is covering, rushing the passer and doing everything? Buffalo Bills rookie defensive end A.J. 4 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. /Contents 6 0 R>> Epenesa is currently NFL.com's second-ranked edge defender. 7 0 obj I think I showed it. © 2018 New York Giants. The news of the day for Giants fans on Monday, March 2, 2020. Do not duplicate in any form without permission. 8 0 obj Are you a Stathead, too? Subscribe to our Free Newsletter. I grinded hard. It's just a necessity now with the tight ends and running backs.". 4) The Giants don't need DT Derrick Brown…or do they? . All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. I ran the ball a lot," he said. He will do position work at his pro day, but he will not run in things like the 40-yard dash. 4? Luckily for Epenesa, the tutelage of his father prepared him to play all over the defensive line. But now it's become a benefit for me just because of all the versatility I'll be able to do, play linebacker, play safety, whatever it is, I feel like it just helps me out. "I don't know how the numbers are looking exactly compared to everybody else, but I think teams should take me because I bring a lot of passion and a lot of energy to the game," he said. Checkout what these fans had to say! He was a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy after recording 12.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and four pass breakups. Check out expert projections for the Giants, who hold the No. Young still won the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which both recognize the nation's outstanding defensive player. All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. <> “My dad taught us from a young age to get our hands on people and then throwing them or getting off blocks,” Epenesa said.

3 0 obj . That, of course, is Ohio State defensive end Chase Young. Simmons played more than 100 snaps at five different positions for Clemson in 2019. . Over five days in Indianapolis, the Giants welcomed a select group of prospects to Suite LS 23A, out of sight from the prying eyes of the media, fans and the other 31 teams, who, of course, were speaking to many of the same players. The Atlanta Falcons made several big moves during the offseason, but the signings of Todd Gurley and Dante Fowler Jr haven't worked out like many thought they would have. The rest of the 300-plus players are trying to do the latter. In three seasons at Iowa, Epenesa racked up 101 total tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 26.5 sacks. All rights reserved. Joe Judge took a wider view of his first Combine as head coach. endobj

5 0 obj 5) Versatile LB Zack Baun relishes chance to reunite with Ryan Connelly on Giants.

"And it just came from me learning how to counteract those kinds of blocks.". <> YEAR TEAM G Total Solo AST SCK SFTY PDEF INT TDS YDS AVG LNG; 2020 Buffalo Bills %PDF-1.4 ranked fourth in Big Ten in tackles for loss (16.5) . "I know years ago it wasn't good to be a positionless guy. Now the question becomes whether those moves will work on bigger, faster and stronger offensive linemen in the NFL. x��]۲�q��|�~K\��x��M�˖,Ys����ʒ':r. led the Big Ten and ranked 12th nationally in sacks (10.5) in 2018 . “Since I was 9 or 10 years old is when I first started learning how to do moves.”. Atlanta avenges its earlier loss to Carolina and secures its first NFC South win Thursday night. endobj General manager Dave Gettleman's affection for drafting the position is well-documented, but could the team be in the market for another one at No.