Scouting Report: Ricky Sapp
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An extremely fast first step. Very quick and uses it well to disengage from blockers. Constantly in the backfield changing the direction of the play. A lot of experience and started seeing a lot of action in his freshman year despite having first rounder Gaines Adams in front of him. Fluid hips and good athletics ability. Disrupted the quarterback a lot by making him throw early. Good motor and hustle.
Very poor in run support. Only a speed rusher and he doesn’t have many pass rushing moves. Several of his sacks came when he was an unblocked rusher. Doesn’t show any physicality – plays soft. Doesn’t have good production. An arm tackler and doesn’t wrap up well. Doesn’t have experience dropping into coverage.
Sapp got to rush the passer standing up a lot this year which was important for the transition to rush linebacker he will be making int he pro’s. He’s a decent speed pass rusher and that gets him a lot of hype. He is an athletic specimen with decent potential but he has a lot to work on in order to reach any of that potential.
Sapp was a two year starter at Clemson but saw action in all 13 games in his sophomore season.
Awards and Honors
2009: Second-team All-ACC selection.
Sociology major at Clemson.
Sapp partially tore his ACL and missed the end of the 2008 season.
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