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do you think we should have a look at any of these guys?

DE/OLB Raheem Orr {Rutgers}: drafted by the Texans but did not make the switch to OLB a speed rusher.

DE Isaac Hilton {Hampton}: undrafted FA by the Giants was a surprise not draftee and was expected to go in the 3rd rd.

DE Nathaniel Adbi {Virginia Tech}: another drafted DE who did not make the switch to OLB in a 3-4 was one of the fastest DE at the combine.

DT Brandon Kennedy {Texas Tech}: the bowling ball at 5'10" 330lbs. could give us some size upfront

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Prospect Profiles

Nathaniel Adibi

Position: Defensive End/Outside Linebacker

College: Virginia Tech

Height: 6-3

Weight: 255

Hometown: Hampton, Va.

Analysis | Agility | High School | Personal


An outstanding defensive end who has experience at both defensive end positions … Won the President's Award for outstanding leadership at the conclusion of 2002 spring practice and shared the award with center Jake Grove in 2003 … A hard worker in the weight room and on the practice field who has shown steady progress during his time at Tech … He combines size with excellent strength and speed and is both intelligent and physical … In 48 games, he started 44 contests, recording 186 tackles (107 solos) with 20½ sacks for minus-143 yards, 33 stops for losses of 171 yards, 55 quarterback pressures, a pair of fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, 10 pass deflections and two blocked kicks.


Positives: Has good overall muscle mass with well-developed, long arms, broad shoulders and good thickness in his legs and calves … Shows the quickness needed to gain instant advantage off the line (see negatives below) … Instinctive recognizing the cut block, showing good knee bend to avoid and protect himself vs. the low blocks … Shows good strength at the point of attack and adequate lateral agility to work himself down the line … Uses his upper-body strength well to avoid the double team and has the leg base to firmly hold ground at the point of attack … Gets control of the blocker with his lockout and hand-extension technique and has the power to toss his man aside … Shows good effort to close from the back side and chase ball carriers down field … Keeps his balance and takes proper angles to the ball … Wrap-up and drag-down tackler who flashes quick hands to slap and swim past the offensive tackles coming off the edge … Has a good burst and acceleration to close on the quarterback … Also plays on most of the special-team units (right wing on the field goal/extra point block unit, left wing on the punting unit and the L-4 on the punt blocking squad).

Negatives: Consistency has been his major problem … Despite having the speed to get off the line immediately, he tries to overpower the blockers too much and does not have the size or bulk to be effective doing that … Struggles to disengage, especially vs. combo blocks … Could be a difference-maker, if only he went hard on every play (has an inconsistent motor) … Has a good burst to close on plays to his left, but gathers himself a bit when having to redirect in-line … Needs to play with more aggression and toughness (will just go through the motions and is not a "rah-rah" type of player) … You do not always see that effort to toss away blockers, despite his good strength … Needs to add more bulk to his frame (body could carry at least 270 pounds with no loss in quickness).


4.55 in the 40-yard dash (indoor track) … 4.63 in the 40-yard dash (outdoors) … 410-pound bench press … 570-pound squat … 575-pound back squat … 366-pound power clean … 300-pound push jerk … 34-inch vertical jump … 33½-inch arm length … 9½-inch hands … Right-handed.


Attended Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) High, playing football for coach Bill Dee … Competed as a running back and defensive end … Listed as the No. 10 defensive lineman in the country by Prep Star and picked to its Dream Team … Listed as the No. 4 jumbo athlete in the nation by SuperPrep and the No. 8 athlete by The National Recruiting Advisor before his senior season … First-team Group AAA all-state pick as a defensive lineman … Named the No. 6 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Named district offensive and defensive player of the Year as a senior … Posted 101 tackles in 1998, including a school single-season record 16 sacks … Finished with 35 career sacks … Led the district in rushing … Closed out his senior season with 855 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing … Had 207 yards rushing in a game against Henrico … Turned in 11 sacks as a junior … Holds the school record with a 300-pound power clean … Won the state Group AAA outdoor shot put championship as a junior and was second as a senior.


Residential property management major … Son of Abiodun and Leanne Adibi … Brother, Xavier, was a teammate and freshman linebacker at Virginia Tech in 2003 … Born Nathaniel Barnell Adibi on Jan. 25, 1981, in Mississippi … Resides in Hampton, Va.

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The only player I think would be ideal for what Williams typically wants is Adibi. He likes speed on the edge of the line. He's younger and possibly worth looking at given Warner is 28 or something and we could use a young prospect.

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