Biography: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors after his junior and senior seasons. Senior totals included 57/14/1 after 33/12/3.5 as a junior.
Positives: "Big-bodied interior lineman who does a solid job holding the point of attack. Plays with good pad level, quickly gets his hands up, and effectively uses them to protect himself. Tough to move off the line, slides off blocks to the inside, and effectively makes plays. Adequate first step off the ball, gets push up the field, and shows strength in his lower body. Keeps his feet driving on contact and consistently plays with good knee bend."
Negatives: Not light on his feet and lacks skill pursuing the action or stringing plays out laterally. Does not play with good balance. Must develop more moves with his hands. Marginal pass rusher.
Analysis: "Kearse is a strong, wide-bodied defender who does a better job occupying blockers rather than making plays up the field. He could develop into a zero-technique/nose tackle prospect at the next level as he physically matures, adds bulk to his frame, and gets stronger."
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