BIO: Former West Virginia transfer earned All-Conference honors as a senior after posting 53/12.5/7.5 in 9 games last year.
POSITIVES: Solid pass-rusher who plays faster than his 40 time. Breaks down well, plays with excellent pad level and holds his ground against blocks. Smooth changing direction, solid in pursuit and flashes ability in space. Effectively uses hand technique to get off blocks and rarely off his feet. Plays with a nasty attitude.
NEGATIVES: Marginal quickness off the snap. Slow shedding blocks and late locating the ball.
ANALYSIS: Sykes performed well as a senior, making a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage, and will now get consideration as a free agent prospect. Has the skills to be an eighth lineman for a conventional defense.