2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Josh Paschal

  • Josh Paschal, 6-3/278

  • Defensive End

  • Kentucky

  • Josh Paschal Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Tough as nails
  • Very physical
  • Good motor
  • Powerful bull rush
  • Can set the edge
  • Strength to work off blocks
  • Strong run defender
  • Active pass rusher
  • Takes on and sheds blocks
  • Strong, active hands
  • Uses hands and feet at the same time
  • Has some quickness
  • Developed technique
  • Plays with good leverage
  • Quality lateral anchor
  • Reliable to hold his ground
  • Disciplined
  • Intelligent
  • Can rush from the inside
  • Special teams contributor
  • Excellent fit as a five-technique in a 3-4
  • Sturdy to be a base end in a 4-3

  • Weaknesses:
  • Not a great athlete
  • Lacks elite speed as an edge rusher
  • Could use more pass-rushing moves
  • Could be solid pro, but not super productive as a pass rusher
  • Stiffness
  • Can struggle to dip his hips to get pointed to the quarterback

  • Summary: Kentucky has produced a number of good NFL prospects in recent years. Under head coach Mark Stoops, the Wildcats have produced a string of hard-nosed football players who demonstrate good fundamentals abd strength, and play tough, physical football. Paschal fits right in, having spent the last few years as a gritty defender in the SEC.

    Paschal saw the field sparingly in 2017 an 2018, but he earned more playing time in 2019, allowing him to record 34 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defended. During the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season, he collected 32 tackles, a sack and an interception. Paschal then picked up 52 tackles, five sacks and one forced fumble as a senior.

    For the NFL, Paschal is a physical defender at the point of attack. He is tough as nails and difficult to move in the ground game. He holds his gap well and has the strength to work off blocks. Thanks to Paschal’s quality lateral anchor and good leverage, offensive linemen struggle to move him. He will take on and shed blocks to get in on tackles to help produce quality down-and-distance situations. Paschal possesses a steady motor and doesn’t quit on plays. With his strength, build, good fundamentals, and technique, Paschal should be an asset as a run defender at the next level.

    Paschal is a solid contributor to the pass rush, but he is not a world beater. He lacks elite speed and athleticism off the edge. Paschal has a powerful bull rush and some quickness out of his stance, but he is stiff and can struggle to dip his hips to redirect to the quarterback. As a rusher, Paschal has versatility to move inside and go against guards. Paschal will probably never be a prolific sack master in the NFL, but he could be a really solid complement to good rushers around him.

    Paschal has the flexibility to line up on the edge or move inside to three-technique defensive tackle. In the NFL, he would likely be a good fit for playing as either a base end in a 4-3 or as a five-technique in a 3-4. While Paschal does not have ideal height and length for a five-technique, his strength and toughness should let him handle the role.

    In the 2022 NFL Draft, Paschal has a shot at being a second-day pick. If he slips out of the third round, he should go in the early rounds of Day 3.

    Player Comparison: Allen Bailey. Paschal is reminiscent of Bailey coming out of Miami. Bailey (6-3, 288) and Paschal are similar in size. As Paschal ages in a pro strength program, he probably will put on weight and add about 10 pounds to be nearly identical to Bailey. Both are hard-nosed football players who are tough at the point of attack. Bailey had six sacks in 2018, and in the NFL, I think Paschal will top out in the 6-8 sacks range in the good years of his career.


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