2011 NFL Draft Profile: DE – Ricky Elmore – Arizona

Ricky Elmore, a DE who relies a lot on his speed and physicality to beat players to the corner, is a great DE if you are looking for someone who can get to the quarterback. Elmore measured in at 6’4″, 255 lbs. He led the Pac-10 in sacks in 2010 with 11.0, including 13 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

The Jaguars have been struggling with the pass rush in recent years, and have found only a few guys who can actually get decent pressure on a consistent basis. Wes Bunting from National Football Post states that Elmore “possesses the ability to drop the pad level, extend his arms, gain leverage and anchor vs. the in-line run game.”

However, he will most likely not be drafted until later in the draft, because although he is a high-motor player, he has not yet proven to be a tremendous athlete. Some question his ability to stop the run and he will probably need to gain 10-15 pounds to be the right size for an NFL sized DE.

With solid depth and youth on the Jaguars defensive line, Elmore could be given time to develop as an every downs end and spend time as a 3rd down pass rushing specialist to begin his career.

I think he could be a solid contributor for the Jaguars as a developmental prospect. I believe that if he can truly impress the scouts at the combine, he may be able to squeeze himself into the 3rd round in April.