I tend to agree, VL.VikingLord wrote: ↑Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:07 amThis is very subjective and I admit that, so I'll try to base my statements on something a little more objective using the player profiles at the Walterfootball site - https://www.walterfootball.com/draft2020DE.phpSmoot27 wrote: ↑Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:09 pmI disagree. I think Epenesa is far more flexible than Gross Matos and can play more DL positions.
He was a great edge rusher but his season PFF grade against the run was superb.
I think he had something like 14 tackles vs Nebraska and he destroyed a potential 1st round pick in Austin Jackson.
PFF is now agreeing with my pick.
"Pro Football Focus believes Epenesa is a fantastic fit for the Vikings defense and Minnesota could snag him in the first round."
That site ranks Matos in front of Epenesa, although to be honest it states neither player really did well at the combine. But I think a few things jumped out at me in reading those profiles.
For Matos, he was played all over the DL this season at Penn. When he played in a classic DE the prior season, he racked up some big numbers.
For Epenesa, he did rack up some impressive performances this year. If he had just done better at the Combine he'd be easily going in the top half of the 1st. But he ran a really slow 40 (a plus 5), and while he certainly can be an impact player, it would have been nice to see more evidence of consistency over his college career. Maybe he's a late bloomer and someone is going to get a steal in the 2nd.
If the Vikings take Epenesa I won't be upset. I am just not convinced he's going to be a consistent impact player at the pro level. To be fair I'm not convinced Matos will either, but of the two I think it's slightly more likely Matos can become that player.
I'm from Iowa and saw most of the Hawks' games. Epenesa was really good, but also an enigma. He'd have good games, then disappear. With Epenesa, it's not an effort thing. He's a hard-working player. But he would just sort of vanish. He had about four games where he had 0 or 1 tackle and no sacks. Other games, he'd get a sack, but late in the game when it was out of reach. You kept expecting him to explode, to dominate, especially against certain teams, and he just didn't.
I don't think a first-round grade is too high for Epenesa, but probably late first. I think he'll be a good pro with some limitations. Given the Vikings' other needs -- CB, OL and now WR -- it doesn't feel like a good pick at either 22 or 25. That's just me, and I admit it's mostly my own gut feel. But I'll say I wasn't surprised that he underperformed at the combine.