Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College Eagles

by Jason Krzywicki on March 3, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 


DE Mathias Kiwanuka out of Boston College is a tall, fast defensive end prospect for the 2006 National Football League Draft. Measuring 6-2, 262 pounds, he runs an impressive 4.76-second 40 time. He posted impressive numbers during his career getting the most sacks (13) in his sophomore year, his first season as a starter.

In his junior year he continued his excellent play by logging 11.5 sacks, two interceptions and 67 tackles (24.5 for a loss). Kiwanuka had a minor knee injury that held him out of two games during his senior season. Even with the minor setback he was named a first-team All-American in his last college year with 9.5 sacks and 51 tackles.

POSITIVES

Kiwanuka has excellent size and speed that should translate well to the NFL game. He showed excellent quickness off of the snap and a good awareness to get his hands up to block passes when he didn't reach the quarterback. Kiwanuka uses his speed well to get around the corner and reach the quarterback consistently while hurrying the play to record sacks.

NEGATIVES

Although Kiwanuka is a large man, he will need to immerse himself in his new team's strength building program. He has limited bulk in his lower body, which will be a liability against the elite of the NFL's offensive lineman.

Kiwanuka will also need to improve his technique, because he often attacks to high and has difficulty using his hands to break away from a lineman when he is beaten at the point of attack.

After injuring his shoulder during the week of the Senior Bowl, Kiwanuka bowed out of playing in the game due to the injury.

DRAFT PLACEMENT

Kiwanuka should be chosen in the middle of the first round of the draft. He is arguably second only to DE Mario Williams from North Carolina State and stands fairly well above those ranked behind him in the draft, so a team with a large need at defensive end should be hard pressed to allow him to allow him to pass by their pick.

While he may struggle in his rookie season, he would be best used as a situational pass rusher until he gains the added bulk that will allow him to be an every-down defensive end.

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