The 49ers pick defensive end Kentavius Street out of NC State with the 128th pick in the NFL Draft. Not sure but I believe someone let Trent Baalke back in the building.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) April 28, 2018
Street’s ability to make plays inside or outside has served him well during his time in Raleigh. He was a full-time starter on the Wolfpack’s talent-laden front four in 2017, beginning all 13 games, compiling 38 tackles, 6.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks, three pass break-ups, and two fumble recoveries. Street started every game as a junior, too, making 30 stops, nine behind the line with 5.5 sacks on the year, playing with leverage against taller tackles and also able to shed blocks to get to the ball. Street lined up at tackle as a sophomore (moving from end during spring practice), starting 10 of 13 games played, posting 31 tackles, three for loss. He played in 12 games as a reserve in 2014, stopping the ball 23 times during the season. Street was a top 20 defensive end high school recruit nationally after playing two years of high school ball in Georgia and then two years in North Carolina.
Street has the level of strength and toughness that defenses are looking for on the edge, but his lack of reactive quickness and lack of desired length is a concern against NFL tackles. Street doesn’t appear to be a plus NFL pass rusher but his power is intriguing. A team might be interested in asking him to add more weight in an attempt to bump him inside. After tearing his ACL at his pro day, Street will likely see a drop in his draft positioning.
Powerhouse with compact frame and a 700 pound squat to his name
Able to cave-in lesser tight ends who are tasked with trying to base block him
Shows some fight at the point of attack against tackles despite his lack of length
Heavy hitter when tackling
Runs through the ball carrier and makes sure they feel it
Straight-line pursuit speed appears to be faster than expected on tape
Won’t go to it often, but has access to an explosive spin move that can win as inside counter when he times it right
Uses low center of gravity and powerful rip move to play through a blocker’s edge once he gets the door open
Lacks desired length and can be locked out and handled by athletic tackles
Allows blockers into his frame first
Has some leftover “sticky” when attempting to shed a block
Lack of length prevents him from clean disengage
Will win the battle of the punch at point of attack, but lose sight of the ball
Lateral movement and change of direction is labored and a little slow
Tight-hipped, straight-line pass rusher
Plays with heavy feet in his upfield charge as rusher
Short strider with knee bend that is lacking
Can’t get hip flip or shoulder turn around the corner