Kawann Short DT Purdue #
Size/Athleticism: Average height. Weighed in under 300 at combine but played closer to 315-320 for most of his career at Purdue. Looked even larger during his junior year, which slowed him down considerably. Long arms for his height allows him to play with leverage and also get into passing lanes. Has shown decent quickness at times, but his motor is somewhat inconsistent. Athleticism to definitely dependent on his weight.
Run Defense: Physical presence on the interior line. Has the strength to eat up space and take on multiple blockers. Shows great awareness. Keeps his eyes in the backfield and adjusts to the direction of the play. Patient defender; knows his speed limitations and stays in his space. Won’t chase anyone down from behind, but he can make the quick bursts to close on the ball carrier when he comes into his area.
Pass Rush: Quick off the snap and can often win one-on-one battles on the interior. Mixes in an occasional spin move to work his way into the backfield. Can use some athleticism in quick bursts, but ultimately he’s a bull rusher. Won’t rack up many sacks, but he consistently collapses the pocket. The type of interior lineman that impacts the pass rush by making the quarterback uncomfortable in the pocket, allowing others to finish the play.
Versatility: Lined up as a three and five technique depending on the set. Lack of athleticism makes him better suited to play inside in a 4-3 or even at nose tackle in a 3-4 if he put some weight back on.
Intangibles: Team captain.
Durability: Suffered an ankle injury during 2012 seasons. Missed team pro day due to a hamstring injury.
Comments: Short doesn’t really stand out in any one area, but he’s an extremely consistent performer who can influence all areas of the game. He has the size to eat up space and take on multiple blockers, but also has just enough athleticism to make a few plays on his own. He can play in any system, but would probably be best suited playing inside in the 4-3. Due to his fluctuating weight, each team may view him in a slightly different role.