Scouting Report: Ricky Sapp

Written by Rob Engle on April 12, 2010




Ricky Sapp


Position: DE School: Clemson
Height: 6’3 7/8 Weight: 252 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.66

Overall Grade:

5.68

Draft Projection:

3rd-4th Round Fringe


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 6
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 9.5
Strength/Explosion 10 3.5
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 6.5
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 4
Potential 10 8


Defensive Line Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Run Stopping 8 3.5
Pass Rushing 8 6
Awareness 8 5
Hand Placement 8 3



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Analysis

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.

Experience

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.
2008: n/a
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Sociology major at Clemson.

Injuries

Sapp partially tore his ACL and missed the end of the 2008 season.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 54 27 27 5 1 0 0
2008 25 12 13 2 0 0 0
2007 42 19 23 5 1 0 0
2006 18 5 13 4 0 0 0






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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.