Marquis Haynes (Edge, Mississippi) – 72

Haynes shows a good level of athleticism for an edge rusher; he is nimble and quick.  He can, however, become so fixated on winning his own individual match-up that he loses sight of what’s happening elsewhere in the play and I worry about his size, at 6-2, 225.  Against the run, he sets the edge reasonably well but not with such power or effectiveness to really impress – as was the case with a lot of Ole Miss defensive players in 2016, he looked a step slow in reading his keys.  This could, of course, have been an issue with coaching, as much as talent.  As a pass rusher, there’s nothing remarkable about his first step but he shows speed round the edge and I do like the way he uses his hands to shed blockers; he has a quick, violent punch.  He also flashes the ability to bend the edge and has a decent spin move that could benefit from further honing.  He played both as a DE and a stand-up OLB but, in the latter role, he never looked completely comfortable in coverage.  He’s not the greatest tackler in the world, especially when a ball carrier is running straight towards him but he has a nose for the football and a knack for making the big play – nine forced fumbles over the last three years is a stat that leaps out.  He has been a consistently productive SEC edge player, who has a knack of making big plays when his team needs them the most and I think there is a market for his skill-set in the NFL.

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