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The Raiders selected a great prospect in Shilique Calhoun. He has been named to the All-American squad all three years of his collegiate career. He helped Michigan State win a Big 10 title by recording 10 sacks and 14.5 TFL.
Calhoun has the potential to be a great NFL end. He should contribute right away in sub-packages. He needs to be more aggressive though. If he can develop a nasty streak, Calhoun has the potential to be a three-down lineman.
At Michigan State's Pro Day, DE Shilique Calhoun performed drills as a defensive end for the New York Jets and worked out "in space" as a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. Calhoun also recorded a 7.13 second 3-cone drill, 0.16 of a second higher than his official combine time.
Shilique Calhoun is one of those players who can transition into the NFL at multiple positions depending on the defensive scheme he's drafted into. Working out at both defensive end and linebacker shows off Calhoun's versatility, and his long arms and quickness off the edge will bring a pure pass rusher who can immediately come in and make an impact. Though his weight and age may be an issue, Calhoun is projected to be taken in the late-first to early-second round of April's NFL Draft.
NFL Draft guru Mike Mayock described Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun as a "high-production player" with "a sophisticated array of moves." Mayock added that teams could look at him as a "potential outside linebacker."
Shilique Calhoun impressed at the NFL Combine. The Michigan State pass rusher was given a second-round draft grade by an array of draft experts, but made a strong case for a first round ranking due to his performance during combine week.
Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun(wrist) missed the Senior Bowl due to a wrist injury that is not thought to be very serious.
Shilique Calhoun is currently slated to be selected in the second round of April's NFL Draft. Calhoun is a defensive end who is thought to be a reinforcement player at the NFL level rather than a primary pass rusher by a number of scouts. Missing the Senior Bowl due to a wrist injury may not hurt his draft grade, but it didn't help it either. Calhoun will likely participate in the combine at the end of the month in an attempt to raise his draft value.
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