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Purdue DT Kawann Short was impressive in the Senior Bowl with a big game but there are questions about him.
The East Chicago, Ind., native was consistently penetrating into the backfield during the game and was credited with three tackles. He made seven sacks and 15 ½ tackles for loss during the season to be a first team All-Big Ten selection as a senior. But he was inconsistent throughout his college career and that is something the NFL scout I spoke to said is a concern.
“He doesn’t play as hard as you would like, not regularly,” the scout said. “Now, there in the Senior Bowl, he played his ass off. Why did he play hard? Maybe it goes back to mentality. Are you that guy? You are rolling the dice with this kid but let me tell you, he is talented, real talented. He can play defensive end in a 3-4 and he can play three technique or nose in a 4-3. Not many guys you can make that statement about. You’ve got to know what you’re getting with this kid. You’ve got to do your work. But he’s an athlete and he’s got ability. I’d want to sit down and talk to the kid, talk about his motor. If he can harness it, yeah, he can play.”
Maybe Short can answer some questions next month at the Scouting Combine.