2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kingsley Enagbare

  • Kingsley Enagbare, 6-3/261

  • Defensive End

  • South Carolina

  • Kingsley Enagbare Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Very strong
  • Physical defender
  • Natural feel as a pass rusher
  • Gives a second effort
  • Quick to close
  • Straight-line speed
  • Can set the edge
  • Has some strength to work off blocks
  • Plays bigger
  • Long arms – 35 inches
  • Plays taller
  • Quality first-step
  • Instincts to go for strips
  • Sturdy to be a base end in a 4-3

  • Weaknesses:
  • Extremely stiff
  • Struggles to sink his hips/shoulder
  • Struggles to redirect
  • Poor fit in a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker

  • Summary: Engabare was a solid end in the SEC over the past three seasons. He had a quality 2019 season with 27 tackles and 3.5 sacks. In the shortened 2020 season, the junior showed improvement with 30 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles. Enagbare stayed consistent as a senior by making 44 stops, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes batted. After the season, he had a quality week at the Senior Bowl.

    In the pass rush, Enagbare has some ability to contribute in pressure on the quarterback. He has a quick first-step and the speed to close when he gets free of blockers. With his long arms and somewhat developed strength, Enagbare does a nice job of bull rushing tackles close to the quarterback before shedding them and grabbing the signal-caller.

    As a run defender, Enagbare has the strength and length to set the edge. He can hold his ground and disengage from blocks to get in on tackles. His straight-line speed shows up in pursuit. As a pro, his run defense would not be as good in a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker, where he would have to redirect more frequently.

    Enagbare has some limitations that make him more of a mid-round pick and rotational backup for the next level. He is extremely stiff and struggles to bend around the edge. He can’t sink his hips and inside shoulder. That leads to Enagbare having trouble redirecting. Some good NFL pass rushers are stiff players, so that does not mean that he can’t be a good pro. But given his stiffness and athleticism, nobody should be expecting Enagbare to put up massive sack totals.

    As a pro, Enagbare should be a base end in a 4-3 defense. He does not have the athleticism and agility to be a good fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker. NFL team sources project Enagbare to end up as a third- or fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

    Player Comparison: Jaylon Ferguson. Enagbare reminds me of a similar version of Ferguson coming out of Louisiana Tech. Both are strong 4-3 base ends who struggle with stiffness. Ferguson was a second-day pick, and Enagbare could go on Day 2 in the 2022 NFL Draft.


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