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Grading System
ANDREW TIPPINS
Position: DE
Class: Sr
School: Minnesota St.
Conference: North Central
Ht., Wt.: 6'2, 270
40 Time: 4.85
Grade: 3.23

BIO: Morgan State transfer named both an All-American and All-Conference the past two seasons. Posted 53 tackles, 14 1-2 tackles for loss and 10 1-2 sacks as a senior and also intercepted one pass and broke up six others.

POSITIVES: Athletic pass rusher constantly making plays in the opponents backfield. Breaks down well, quick with his hands and gets a lot of pressure up the field. Quick off the snap, fires through blockers and redirects to the action. Adjusts off the initial block, stays on his feet and plays low to the ground. Deceptively strong and defends the run. Instinctive and hard working; if he can't get to the QB, he extends his hands and bats away the pass.

NEGATIVES: Lacks size and growth potential. Does not play with great body control. Dominated a lower level of competition.

ANALYSIS: Continually improved the past three years and can rush the QB. Not as tall as you'd want in a pure defensive end, and may be considered as a nickel rusher.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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