Kheeston Randall, DT/DE, Texas

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Kheeston Randall, DT/DE, Texas

Postby Pudge » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:14 pm

Texas Senior
40: 5.05


Has good strength and nice frame. Is an effective stack and shed defender. Can get extension and leverage, holding the point of attack. Can get off blocks when facing the center on an island and make stops at thep oint of attack. At times, can effectively occupy the double team. Flashes some short-area power to jolt the blocker off the snap. Has decent straight-line burst that can occasionally challenge the guard to his inside or outside shoulder. Has decent mobility and range when working in pursuit, as he can flush a quarterback outside the pocket when he steps up. Will give chase downfield and has a capable motor.


Lacks a first step to really contribute much as a pass rusher. Lacks any real moves and needs to do a better job using his hands to disengage from blocks. Relies on his strength or stunts to get any pressure. Doesn't consistently fire of the ball in short-yardage and won't do much to disrupt as a run defender. At times can get beat by the double team and too easily redirected against bigger and stronger centers.


Randall plays the nose tackle position in Texas's hybrid 3-4/4-3 scheme. But he also plays quite a bit of different techniques across their line. He's a classic stack and shed defender that can hold the point of attack against the run, and keep blockers off linebackers. But in terms of himself making many plays, he's really not going to give you much there. He's a guy that should fit as a rotational player in a 3-4 scheme if he continues to improve that can potentially play all three spots and add depth. He didn't have a strong senior year after a promising junior campaign.


(9/10) vs. BYU: 1 TFL, 2 stuffs
(10/8) vs. Oklahoma: 1 pressure
(11/12) at Missouri: 0.5 TFLs
(11/24) at Texas A&M: 2 TFLs, 1 stuff, 1 pressure, 1 QB hit, 1 key blocked
(12/3) at Baylor: 1 stuff
(12/28) vs. California: 1.5 stuffs


2011: 13 GP/13 GS, 34 tackles, 5.0 TFLs, 1.0 sacks, 0 INTs, 1 PD, 0 FF, 0 FR
2010: 12/12-39-13.0-1.0-0-3-0-0
2009: 14/10-23-3.0-2.0-0-0-1-0
2008: 8/0-2-0.0-0.0-0-1-0-0


Randall can add depth on a 3-4 team. He has the size and frame to be an effective stack and shed defender at end. But I think he can also give a team reps at nose tackle if need be to keep another player fresh. But he's just not a good enough pass rusher to steal too many reps on third downs. He could get better there if he learns better technique and adds some moves. But rushing the QB is probably never going to be his cup of tea. He'll probably need to get a bit stronger to hold up better vs. the run at the NFL level. But I could easily see him as a solid run-defending end at around 300-310 pounds. He'll probably be a backup, but if he continues to develop he might make a decent stopgap starter for a team that cares more about freeing up their linebackers than it does about their defensive ends being disruptors. That traditionally is more of the Steelers-style of blitz-heavy 3-4 scheme than the more popular versions today that like their ends to rush the quarterback as well and tend to be more conservative. But he's not the caliber of player that I think even if he earns a starting job will hold onto for a long time.


Kenyon Coleman, Cowboys.


Randall isn't a great fit in Atlanta because he's purely a two-gap guy. If the Falcons intend to employ a hybrid scheme, they need guys that can do both. Randall if he was to bulk up more might make a decent nose tackle in the Falcons scheme, where he can help keep other guys fresh in the rotation and play on run downs. But he's a project for the Falcons will limited pay-off down the line. Guys with more upside and less development time will come along and push him off the roster. The best you're really hoping for is a guy that can add some depth on the back-end of the rotation, but more than likely just be a practice squad player that doesn't stick beyond a year or two.


For a 3-4 team looking for a developmental depth guy, Randall could make a nice late round pick. He could go as high as a fifth round pick, but probably better value in the sixth or seventh rounds.

1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite

Strength: 7.0
Point of Attack: 6.5
Quickness: 4.0
Pass Rush: 3.0
Motor: 7.0
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