Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona

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Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona

Postby Pudge » Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:44 am

Arizona Senior
40: 4.80 (estimated)


Shows some straight-line speed off the corner. Can be somewhat effective using the rip move to get under tackle and get around the edge. Has a nice inside counter move off the edge and will use the swim to beat blocker. Plays with a high motor and will chase runners downfield. Does a decent job working laterally down the line to make stops in pursuit.


Has a very limited first step to challenge the edge and will struggle to beat NFL-caliber linemen with his speed rush. Needs to get stronger and gets too easily redirected when blockers can get their hands on him. Needs to do a better job getting off blocks, and can lose contain on the edge. Doesn't break down well and will miss stops in the open field. Has limited technique and tends to rely on his inside counter move.


Elmore was a super productive player at Arizona as a three-year starter. Although I'm surprised at how productive he was since he seemed to rarely make plays in the games I saw. He seemed to get a lot of coverage sacks and make the stop when the QB stepped up in the pocket, rarely beating his man to make a play. But he managed to tally 93 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, and 21.5 sacks in his final two years at Arizona.


Elmore's NFL path could go two ways. One he could be moved to outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but I don't think he has the athleticism to really excel when playing in space. He'll probably be a more effective pass rusher there, but even still he doesn't seem like a guy that is going to really impact there. His best path is probably bulking up and becoming a two-down defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. He's undersized vs. the run now, but if he was to get up to 275, I think he could be a solid rotational guy. Teams will like his motor, and if he can get bigger and stronger to become better vs. the run, teams won't mind his limited potential as a pass rusher. Either way, he's going to be a guy that probably needs to contribute early on special teams to stick in the pros, otherwise he doesn't offer much value.


Elmore has the potential to fill a similar role as Chauncey Davis in the Falcons rotation, playing as a two-down defender. But Elmore doesn't bring anything to the table that Davis doesn't already, and if the Falcons made a move to Elmore it would be because he is cheaper and younger, not because he's better. Elmore could land a practice squad spot with the team having an eye for him filling that role a year or two from now, but he's not good enough to think he can contribute right away as a rookie or make the team's roster off the bat.


He could merit a seventh round pick for a team looking for a developmental two-down end. As far as a linebacker goes, he's probably better off going undrafted since he's a bit too much of a project there.

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

Strength: 2.0
Quickness: 2.0
Pass Rush: 2.5
Point of Attack: 2.0
Recognition: 3.0
Motor: 4.0
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