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Saccopoo Memorial Draft Forum>OMG... A.J. Epenesa. Sheeeit.
Dante84 12:32 PM 04-16-2020
Just getting around to watching video on some first round guys I haven't checked out yet.

How...how is this guy not a top-10 pick? He looks like *prime* JJ Watt in these highlights.

He's destroying Saquad...by destroying his quads...

He's batting passes. He's playing read-options perfectly. He's crushing dudes. He's got a nasty attitude.

Like, is there any chance he's available when we pick?




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Chief Northman 12:33 PM 04-16-2020
He had a shitty Combine, so there’s that....
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Dante84 12:40 PM 04-16-2020
Originally Posted by Chief Northman:
He had a shitty Combine, so theres that....
Just reading up. Sounds like he was slow/sluggish, but not disastrous. I'm not sure how an edge talent (on film) like that drops to the bottom of the 1st though.
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staylor26 12:41 PM 04-16-2020
Epenesa’s 40 wasn’t ideal, but his 10 was more on par with the other big edge rushers and his vertical and broad jump were solid.

I think the athleticism angle is overblown with him.
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BeMyValentine 12:57 PM 04-16-2020
Originally Posted by staylor26:
Epenesa makes 40 wasnt ideal, but his 10 was more on par with the other big edge rushers and his vertical and broad jump were solid.

I think the athleticism angle is overblown with him.
This!!! Iowa players never put up good bench press numbers because they don't do that lift in college. His level of performance has been top 15 and I would be floored if he drops below 20. I think he has 10-15 pick talent. Seems like teams are spreading false negatives hoping he will fall to them.
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displacedinMN 01:29 PM 04-16-2020
almost the total player
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Dante84 01:49 PM 04-16-2020
Seriously, though.... what are the odds he's there at 32.

0%? 10%? 50%?
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Toad 01:54 PM 04-16-2020
Spend a calling to 32 would put a smile on my face
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Toad 01:55 PM 04-16-2020
Stupid spell check!

Epenesa falling to 32....
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staylor26 02:01 PM 04-16-2020
Originally Posted by Dante84:
Seriously, though.... what are the odds he's there at 32.

0%? 10%? 50%?
Id say close to 50/50.
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displacedinMN 02:25 PM 04-16-2020
Originally Posted by Dante84:
Seriously, though.... what are the odds he's there at 32.

0%? 10%? 50%?
0
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Chief Northman 02:25 PM 04-16-2020
Originally Posted by Toad:
Stupid spell check!

Epenesa falling to 32....
:-)

I laughed...
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Chief Northman 02:26 PM 04-16-2020
Originally Posted by staylor26:
Id say close to 50/50.
Really?

Id say slim to none, even if his testing was pedestrian...
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staylor26 02:39 PM 04-16-2020
Originally Posted by Chief Northman:
Really?

I’d say slim to none, even if his testing was pedestrian...
I’m basing this on all of the current noise that he’s going to fall out of round 1. There’s a lot of smoke.
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DJ's left nut 02:45 PM 04-16-2020
Originally Posted by staylor26:
Epenesa makes 40 wasnt ideal, but his 10 was more on par with the other big edge rushers and his vertical and broad jump were solid.

I think the athleticism angle is overblown with him.
I think it's bend that gets him knocked a bit.

He can show a little stiff at times. Sort of a rich man's Eric Hicks in a way - Hicks could be damn productive at times but if you could force him out wide, he wasn't gonna bend the edge and dip a shoulder to cut around you.

I think Epenesa is better at EVERYTHING than Hicks, but ol' Hicks gets a bit of a bad rap as a pass rusher because how often that bootleg ate his ass alive. He was a quality player for most of his career.

Make that 2002 version of Hicks a premier run defender as well and you have something similar to what Epenesa will be. Take the average of that 5 year run from 99 through 2003, add another 25% to it and I think you get something really similar to Epenesa.
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