South Carolina Gamecocks defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles (99). Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft profile - Kelcy Quarles

2014 NFL Draft

Name:  Kelcy Quarles

School:  South Carolina

Position:   Defensive End

Height:  6-4

Weight:   297

Age:  22

Positives:  Kelcy Quarles has very good size for a 3-4 defensive end.  He is stout at the point of attack, and rarely gives up ground to blockers.  Quarles can occupy blockers well, and frees up others to make tackles.  He has a good bull rush, and has the ability to collapse the pocket.  Quarles has a good motor and rarely give up on plays.

He played as a 4-3 defensive tackle at South Carolina and will probably make a better defensive end in a 3-4, where he can use more of his athleticism to get into the offensive backfield.

Negatives:  Quarles could stand to be in better condition, but that will improve once he gets into an NFL strength and conditioning program.  Has a good bull rush, but at this point, he doesn’t have a lot moves as a pass rusher.  But as a 4-3 tackle he didn’t really need many, as the defensive ends like Jadeveon Clowney were the pass rushers.

Impact on the Redskins:  The Redskins are getting long in the tooth on the defensive line, and Quarles can add a dose of youth to the unit.  He had 9.5 sacks at South Carolina last season, and while he’s not a great pass rusher, he can certainly help a unit that had only 5.5 sacks combined last season.

Where the Redskins could pick him:  The Redskins will be fortunate to find Quarles still in the board at the top of the fourth round.  However, it’s possible he could come off the board somewhere in the third.

Teams interested:   Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns

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