However, struggles to disengage anytime an opposing lineman can get his hands on him. Doesn’t have the type of anchor to consistently eat up blocks inside when run at and is at his best on plays off his frame. Is a bit stiff laterally as a pass rusher. More of a linear athlete who relies on his first step to create for himself initially off the ball.
Impression: Loves to do the dirty work inside, but I don’t see him being real effective as a DT or DE in the NFL at this stage. Will have a tough time making it off a team’s practice squad."
Despite racking up 38 sacks over his last two high school seasons, it took time for Klug to get on the field for significant reps in Iowa City. He suffered a foot injury right before the start of his redshirt freshman season and played in only one late-season contest and made one tackle. He made the most of limited playing opportunities in 2008 with 17 tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks, both of which came in his Big Ten defensive player of the week effort against Florida International.
In his first season as a starter as a junior, Klug garnered honorable-mention all-conference accolades from league coaches with 65 tackles, 13 for loss, four sacks, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
Klug's size limitations will hurt his chances of playing inside at the next level except in obvious passing situations. If he proves that he has the athleticism to play outside during workouts, teams might take him in the late rounds. He could be the kind of special teams and wave, rotational player that will be tough to cut come September.
Strengths: Very good initial quickness off the snap and is often first man out of his stance. Shoots off the ball low with quickness in short-yardage situations. Excellent hustle, either getting to the pile or working through single blocks to find the passer. Punches off his block and runs around traffic to put on secondary rush. Keeps his pad level low. Flashes a swim move from three-technique spot. Keeps eyes in the backfield, sheds to grab ballcarrier as he goes through the hole. Gets his hands into passing lanes when unable to reach the passer. Slides through traffic to the ball. Wraps up on most tackles, strong enough to throw ballcarrier backward to prevent first downs.
Weaknesses: Lacks the bulk and anchor to hold up to double-team blocks inside and strong centers and guards can move him backward or put him on the ground by themselves. Short arms prevent him from getting separation from blockers or arm tackle ballcarriers. Got a lot of his pressures from inside twists and secondary rushes, but NFL linemen will pick him up easily. Hustle tackler, will not break down quickly enough to catch elusive NFL running backs. Gets tired going up against bigger players inside. Does not have elite speed to track down pro ballcarriers from behind."
Positive: Hard-working interior lineman who plays with a warrior-type mentality. Quick off the snap with a terrific first step, fires through the gaps up the field, and nicely redirects to ball carriers. Plays with good pad level, tough to knock off his feet, and a smart football player. Stays with assignments, uses his hands to protect himself, and wraps up tackling. Shows some explosiveness in his all-around game.
Negative: Lacks bulk on the inside and can be easily controlled by opponents. More of a first-step lineman who lacks top strength at the point.
Analysis: Klug is a competitive defender who gives effort in all areas yet lacks size and growth potential. He projects as a three-technique lineman in a conventional defense, and his competitive nature makes him an asset at the next level."
Negatives: Serious size limitations... Not much growth potential... Will only get looks inside in passing situations... Not real strong at the point of attack... Can be pushed around... Can be controlled if opponent gets his hands on him first... Tends to run around blocks, struggles to face them head on... Very straight-line type of athlete... Shorter than ideal arms... Saw nothing but one on ones on a talented Iowa defensive line... Battled some injuries early in his career... Good college player but probably doesn't translate to the pros."
Klug began the season under the radar for most draft analysts but has steadily garnered more serious attention due to a very good senior season. He will need to continue to add good weight as he is a bit undersized if he is still playing at 270 pounds.
He has a good explosion off the line of the scrimmage and gets his hands on offensive linemen very quickly. Stays low with his pad level, allowing him to use leverage to his favor. Able to take on blockers and keep his balance well.
Karl Klug currently projects as a late round (late sixth to seventh) pick in the 2011 NFL Draft."
I presume nothing, but my early take on Karl Klug is that he's going to make it, by the Gods, as either a 4.3 Defensive End, or as a 3.4 Flanker, even if he has to do it as a Free Agent.
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