Hogs Haven Draft Profiles: Kelcy Quarles, DL

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Hogs Haven takes a look at NFL prospects heading into the 2014 NFL Draft.

Kelcy Quarles

Defensive Lineman

Height: 6'4", Weight: 296 lbs

South Carolina

Strengths: Quarles is a long-armed, explosive, well-built man. He has a prototypically thick frame and is built to play at 310-315 lbs in the NFL. Quarles' first step is great. He was frequently the first DL off the ball last year at South Carolina (and yes, that includes Clowney). He excels at splitting gaps and possesses an excellent combination of burst and power.

While quickness might be Quarles' go-to strength, he's also very strong and often pushes opponents deep into the backfield. Said to be "country strong." He shows great hustle and plays hard. Has a refined technique, especially against double-teams. He's versatile enough to play 3-4 DE, 3-4 NT (not ideal size, makes up for it with power and strength), and/or 4-3 DT.

Weaknesses: He played as part of a rotation at South Carolina and some believe he may tire a bit too easily. Another knock would be the lack of leverage. Quarles stands up straight a bit too often and loses leverage. He's also not the greatest athlete.

Bottom Line: Quarles gets sacks. He's quick and has the ideal size scouts are looking for. Shows great strength and aside from his leverage issue, seems to play stronger than his size. Tough to say how much of his success can be attributed to playing with Clowney, but he's certainly proved to be a great pass-rusher regardless.

Notable: 2013 - First-team All-American and First-team All-SEC.

Player Comparison: Lamarr Houston

Projected Round: 2-3. A bit tricky to predict at this point as some think he could go as high as the bottom of the first round and some think he could slide all the way to the fourth.

Team(s) He Fits Best On: Vikings

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