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Grading System
ETHAN KELLEY
Position: DT
Class: Sr
School: Baylor
Conference: Big 12
Ht., Wt.: 6'1½, 300
40 Time: 5.12
Grade: 3.28

Selected by New England Patriots
Round 7, pick 29 (243 overall)
BIO: Former offensive lineman who moved to the defensive side of the ball as a junior. Led the team in tackles as a senior with 75, also posting 10 tackles for loss and two sacks after 58-7-2 as a junior. Started seven games at left tackle and three at left guard as a sophomore after playing every contest with the first unit at guard during his freshman campaign.

POSITIVES: Short, explosive lineman who could be used at a variety of positions. Quick off the snap, moves well laterally and displays a fluid change of direction. Plays with leverage, naturally strong and holds his ground against blocks. Rarely off his feet. Displayed adjustment, arm punch and adequate foot work early in his career on the offensive line.

NEGATIVES: Lacks balance, has only a short burst of speed and slow getting off blocks as a defender. Does not play with a dominant lower base.

ANALYSIS: A better fit back on the offensive line based on his abilities to play in space. High priority free agent worthy of a long look in camp.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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