South Carolina EDGE Kingsley Enagbare
Yahoo Sports' 2022 NFL draft grade
5.62 — possible third- or fourth-rounder; contributor potential
TL;DR scouting report
Long, hard-charging, talented pass rusher whose consistency and run defense are areas that require development
A 4-star Rivals recruit as a linebacker in the Class of 2018, Enagbare choses the Gamecocks over Georgia and Georgia Tech. He saw time in 12 games on the defensive line as a freshman, totaling 20 tackles (three TFLs), one sack, two passes defended and a blocked kick. In 2019, Enagbare played in 12 games (one start), collecting 27 tackles (seven TFLs) and 3.5 sacks.
Enagbare started all eight games he played in 2020 (missing the final two with injury), totaling 30 tackles (seven TFLs), six sacks and three forced fumbles. In 2021, he returned to school and started the first 12 games and collected 42 tackles (five TFLs), 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one recovery and two passes defended. Enagbare opted out of the bowl game and participated in the 2022 Senior Bowl.
Elongated frame can cause problems for tackles
Thickly built — can withstand rigors of trench play
Good testing numbers in vertical jump, broad jump, 10-yard split
Better bend around the edge than you might assume for his length
Heavy hands that can shock defenders
Upper-body strength isn't elite, but he's made gains in this area
Pass-rush win rate (including pressures and hits) was surprisingly high
Active hands and disruptive — four forced fumbles past two seasons
Hits with purpose — drives through ball carriers and doesn't get cheated out of contact
Makes impact felt in games that goes beyond the box score
Sets a solid edge in the run game most of the time
Hard worker, high-motor player
Showed he could get home from the interior early in college career
Disappointing testing numbers in agility drills — stiffness changing directions
Tape doesn't display explosive qualities you'd assume with his jumping numbers
Feet, balance and take-on strength likely to be average by NFL standards
Impact in games runs hot and cold — a but too streaky in his performances
Didn't quite dominate some lower-competition matchups like you'd expect
Merely average sack production — so-so finisher at this stage
Well-schooled pass rusher but not enough deception, variance in his approach
Loses some gap integrity as a run defender
Potential health red flag with past hip injury
Never quite met sky-high expectations in college
Enagbare offers some versatility as an edge defender, but how much? We haven't really seen him rush from the interior the past two years, and his run-stopping ability isn't always consistent. That could mean Enagbare opens his career as a pass-rush specialist as he expands his game.
Did you know
Enagbare's nickname is "J.J." — but why? It has nothing to do with his name and everything to do with his mother and his favorite TV show as a kid.
"It was a childhood nickname that my mother gave me," Enagbare told the school's website. "There was a little show that I used to watch, 'Jay Jay the Jet Plane,' and I would act like him all the time."
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