Dan Dahlke: DE Bronson Kaufusi, BYU
Previous picks: DT Kenny Clark, ILB Joshua Perry
The Packers continue bolstering their front seven with another stout defensive lineman. Towering at 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, Kaufusi has an ideal build to play five-technique defensive end in Green Bay’s 3-4 defense. He also has a frame that could afford to add weight if need be.
Kaufusi can two-gap and is excellent at holding the point of attack on the edge. His long arms and frame aid him in holding off tackles and his strength and quickness enable him to stack and shed blocks. He’s also a very active run defender with good lateral movement to make plays all over the line of scrimmage.
However, the best part of the former Cougar defensive end’s game is his ability to rush the passer. He finished his collegiate career with 26 sacks as a four-year starter. Whether it’s from the edge as a defensive end or lined up over the guard as an interior rusher, Kaufusi gets after the quarterback and offers a defense versatility on third downs.
With Datone Jones moving to outside linebacker, Kaufusi could replace the Packers former first round pick at defensive end in their 3-4 base defense. However, Kaufusi is also athletic enough to also play the Packers “elephant” position, which is a hybrid between outside linebacker and defensive end. With similar measurables as Julius Peppers, Kaufasi could be thrown in the mix with the Packers veteran pass rusher and Jones on the edge and even shed some weight if Green Bay uses him primarily as a pass rusher.
His versatility offers the Packers a lot of options on defense and gives them an exciting young prospect to mold into their system.
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