Sobo's Players #6: Kendall Langford

Another "player of interest" for Browns tracking this year's draft is this intriguing small-school defensive end. Is it worth the risk to pick the high-upside player out of I-AA football?

Kendall Langford DE Hampton

Sobo Sez: After a strong junior campaign, Langford did not have the dominant senior season many were expecting competing at the I-AA level.  Nonetheless, Langford was solid in his final season, and  led his team in total tackles with 73, while adding 6 sacks.

NFL scouts will drool over Langford's frame at 6 feet 6 inches tall and 287 pounds, although some concern may sprout from recent weight fluctuations. While at Hampton, the former Pirate was listed at a svelte 290 pounds.  Langford then weighed in at a surprising 275 pounds at the Senior Bowl, then bounced back to 287 pounds at the Combine. Even at this size, the end put up nice forty yard dash times in Indianapolis with a best of 4.88. 

Langford possesses a knack for getting to the quarterback and the big defensive end comes with the added bonus of playing in the 3-4 defensive system. Solid performances at both the Shrine and Senior Bowl All Star games guaranteed the small school product has what it takes to compete with the "big boys".  

Natural ability is abundant, but Langford does need to round off some rough edges in his game. Too often he relies simply on a bullrush as his basic pass rush move and will struggle at times to anchor against the run. He does not always display a good motor or the most explosive initial step.  Langford also shows a tendency to rely on his superior athleticism instead of always making the proper reads dictated by his position. 

The talented defensive end is certainly an intriguing prospect, especially for teams looking to add talent to a three man defensive front.

Tom Marino, NFL Scout: Showed initial quickness on his get off, but does not play with a lot of power and or strength. Started each game viewed with a lot of energy, but had a tendency to run out of gas, which might make one question his stamina and conditioning? Has particularly small hands, no hips or butt. Just feel if he can't beat you off the go, will have a difficult time. Should be given strong late round draft (6 - 7) consideration.

Chris Steuber, Scout.com Draft Analyst: Hampton's Kendall Langford is an intriguing defensive end who has a lot of potential to be a great sack artist. But after a dominant 2006, where he recorded eight sacks, Langford has only totaled 2.5 this season. At 6-foot-6, 294 pounds, Langford has tremendous size as a rush end, and has the physical tools to defend the run. He makes a lot of plays in the backfield, and his 8.5 tackles for a loss this season (51 total tackles) say a lot about his ability to get around the edge. (11/2007)

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