BIOGRAPHY: Moved into the starting lineup as a senior, winning All-Conference honors after posting 39/10/3.5. Sat out the .05 season with a torn biceps muscle. Posted career-bests of 40/11/7 as a junior in .04.
POSITIVES: Productive pass rusher who is coming off a disappointing campaign. Fast off the edge, moves well laterally and displays good range on the field. Works his hands to get off blocks, chases the action and displays a solid head for the ball.
NEGATIVES: Did not display a lot of quickness or explosion last season. Can be handled at the point by a single blocker. Marginal size and growth potential.
ANALYSIS: After a brilliant junior campaign when he looked like a future star, Birdine took a big step backwards the past two years. A situational pass rusher not stout enough to be an every-down defensive end.