Biography: Two-year starter who also saw action with the first-team as a sophomore. All-Conference selection as a senior after totals of 54/14/5. Junior totals included 28/10/2, when he struggled throughout the season with a knee injury.
Positives: Explosive college defensive end who will get consideration at outside linebacker in the NFL. Solid athlete who quickly changes direction, collapses down the line of scrimmage, and makes plays in every area of the field. Plays with good balance, knee bend, and gets leverage on opponents. Uses his hands to protect himself, displays an array of moves getting off blocks and fast up the field. Stood up over tackle, shows ability in pursuit, and quickly gets to the flanks, cuts off the sidelines from ball-carriers. Shows skill moving in reverse when dropped into coverage. Solid tackler who wraps up point of attack and brings ball-carriers down on initial contact. Slices to the inside of blocks, making plays up the field and easily redirects to the action.
Negatives: First move lineman who cannot get off blocks once engaged the point of attack. Has always been branded a better athlete than football player.
Analysis: Sapp is a terrific NFL prospect and a player with a great amount of upside potential. He has the skills to be used in a variety of positions, but he will need time to develop his game. Solid prospect whose best football is ahead of him if he's able to stay healthy and continue to improve.
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