Brandon Peguese, OLB, Hampton

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Brandon Peguese, OLB, Hampton

Postby Pudge » Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:23 pm

Hampton Senior
40: 4.63


Has a quick first step off the edge and shows the burst upfield to beat the tackle around the corner. Does a good job closing to finish play. Shows speed and ability to make plays on the backside pursuit. Plays with a high motor and keeps working until the whistle blows. Is able to wrap up at the point of attack and shows good closing burst when defending the run in space. Shows fluid movement when he drops into space and works in coverage.


Undersized and gets pushed around a bit when linemen can get their hands on him. Gets redirected off the edge and ridden wide around the quarterback. Relies too much on his speed rush. Tries to run around blocks when defending the run, and needs to do a better job stacking and shedding at the point of attack.


Peguese is an explosive edge rusher that has the sort of speed at the FCS level that even the better left tackles at that level couldn't handle. He had 4 TFL and 2.5 sacks in the season opener this past year against Central Michigan. He was a former transfer from USF, and started 3 years at Hampton, combining for 179 tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, and 18 sacks. He had 23.5 TFLs and 8 sacks this past year.


Peguese has the speed and burst you like and has comparable size to one James Harrison, who also came from a smaller school. Will he be that good in the pros? Probably not. But I think he's one of those sleeper prospects that has the sort of speed and burst teams are looking for in pass rushers in the 3-4 scheme. He's got to get bigger and improve his technique as a pass rusher to be effective against NFL-caliber lineman. But if you give Peguese a few years to develop on the bench, you think he has a good chance to compete as a starter down the road and be an impact pass rusher and starter.


Peguese is not a good fit in Atlanta. His edge speed makes him an intriguing defensive end prospect, but he's just too small to hold up at the pro level on the line. He would need to add at least another 25 pounds to be effective, and would only be a situational guy. He would have to be on the practice squad for two years to add that sort of strength, and potentially improve his technique and moves. Down the road he could have a chance to be a poor man's Robert Mathis, but he'd be a major long-term project. The Falcons can find better players that need much less work to develop in the meantime.


For a 3-4 team looking for a nice developmental prospect on the edge, he is a solid fifth round pick.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.5
Tackling: 3.0
Coverage: 2.0
Point of Attack: 2.5
Instincts: 2.5
Pass Rush: 4.0
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