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Prospect Profiles: Jake Bequette


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-5, 271, 4.82



A thick, physically built defensive end prospect who possesses the frame to play the run at the next level. Sits into his stance well and can generate leverage off the snap. However, lacks a great first step when trying to reach the corner. Doesn’t have the ability to consistently threaten the edge at the next level. Tries to drop his pad level when trying to flatten out, but isn’t real flexible. Tends to drop his head and bend at the waist and initially can get under blockers, but then pops upright and can routinely be pushed past the pocket. Demonstrates a great motor and works hard in pursuit and most of his outside pressures come off his motor/power and not first step burst. Doesn’t have much of a counter off his outside rush either. A linear rusher who struggles to change directions at speed. However, does have some savvy off the snap. Will work the jab step to the edge and cleanly shoot the C-gap, fighting his way into the backfield. However, is at his best as a push/pull guy. Displays a strong bull rush, gets his hands under the pad level of defenders, keeps his base down, feet under him and can overwhelm on contact. Not overly sudden when asked to disengage through contact and change directions, but creates havoc in the backfield and will work till the whistle. Has experience playing on both sides of the line of scrimmage at the college level and I could see him doing the same in the NFL as well.

Is a solid run defender, plays the run game with integrity, finds the football quickly and works hard in pursuit. Not overly fluid/flexible when asked to breakdown closing from the backside, but works hard to get there and puts himself in position to consistently make plays on the ball carrier. Comes off the ball low when asked to anchor, gains inside leverage with his strong hands and not only can control blocks on contact, but does a nice job disengaging and making a play on the back. Lacks ideal range, but has some stack and shed ability when run at.

Impression: Not a special athlete, more of a savvy power player, but works hard rushing the pocket, has a great motor and can play the run. A rotational guy early on who has the ability to earn a starting role, but looks more like a rotational guy.



• Extremely smart
• Intense competitor
• Good straight-line speed to close
• Versatile — can drop into coverage
• Outstanding weight-room work ethic
• Very durable


• Average athlete
• Limited twitch
• On ground too much
• Little violence or energy in his hands
• Gets bounced by double-teams
• Questionable toughs
• Inflated self-opinion

The Way We See It:

Hard-charging, short-armed, productive pass rusher who will become a star if he becomes half the player he thinks he will be. Can be folded vs. the run but effort and upfield speed could allow him to produce and minimally stick as a backup.

FF Toolbox:

Bequette is one of the more experienced players in the 2012 NFL Draft class. The Arkansas defensive end redshirted in 2007 then played in all 12 games with 11 starts as a freshman. Bequette started eight games as a sophomore, all 13 as a junior, and so far nine as a junior heading into the Cotton Bowl (a hamstring injury forced him out of a few contests). In 2010 he tallied 8.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. In just nine games of his 2011 campaign Bequette still recorded 8.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and an amazing four forced fumbles.

The Little Rock, AR native has good size at 6’5” and 271 pounds. He generally runs in the 4.6s of the 40-yard dash and has been clocked as fast as 4.54 from that distance. Bequette is a quick defensive end and he is fundamentally sound at finishing the job when he gets to the quarterback. He is not a naturally elite athlete, however, and he struggles to overpower the best offensive linemen–whom he will face on a consistent basis at the next level. The hamstring injury is not too much of a concern, as Bequette otherwise has almost no injury history throughout his lengthy career as a Razorback. Look for him to go off the board in the third or fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Jake Bequette is a strong, experienced defensive end. Good size at 6-5. Pretty quick. Not necessarily powerful, despite his size.Was making plays behind the line in college. He’s not too athletic, and that will hurt him. But he is a productive, experienced defensive end who could probably slide inside. Strikes me as a rotation guy who can play all over and fill the Dave Tollefson role. Middle round guy who can get a push in the pass rush, as well as make plays in the run game. Would be very happy with him in the 4th or 5th round. Has the experience to play right away.



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