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Prospect Profiles: Sean Lissmore DT (William and Mary)






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Lissmore is visiting with the Giants and is now on our radar so I decided to slap this together. He’s from a small school and it’s hard to get informatoin on him, but what I could find I share with you (for instance doesn’t even keep track of his stats).

quick overview, exceptional athlete for a Defensive tackle, can he make the transition? Wasn’t dominating like Ramses Barden was vs inferior competition, but was productive.

His not huge for a DT, but is solid size (I don’t think he’s undersized like others do)


Justin VanFulpen, of NFL Draft Bible, reports William & Mary DT Sean Lissemore measured in at his Pro Day with a height of 6-foot-3, 298 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.83 seconds. He measured a 30-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-3 broad jump and completed 36 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.

Scouting Reports

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When the Jaguars traded away their second round pick of this year’s draft to acquire a third round pick in the 2009 draft, a lot of eyebrows were raised. When the Jaguars used their newly acquired pick on a very unknown cornerback named Derek Cox from William & Mary, anybody who hadn’t raised their eyebrows before, did. Many fans were instantly upset with the move, stoked on by comments from Mel Kiper who had Cox listed as his 108th best cornerback in the draft. Trading away a second round pick for such an unknown commodity that played questionable competition at best was very risky. 

Less than a year since the move, opinion has changed dramatically about the move. Derek Cox is a fan favorite and considered to be a solid piece for the Jaguars future at the cornerback position and one that the team can build around. Some of the biggest beneficiaries of Cox’s success have been the players at William & Mary. In the words of W&M safety David Caldwell:

If Derek Cox hadn’t performed so well last year and made such an impact on the Jaguars, we wouldn’t have had as much attention on Adrian [Tracy] and Sean [Lissemore], and that gave players like myself an opportunity to go off of Adrian and Sean. You just have to use whatever you can use when you come from a small school that’s not used to putting out big name prospects.

One of the more popular of the William & Mary recruits is defensive tackle Sean Lissemore. Lissemore has to be one of the only, if not the only, defensive tackle to enter a draft as a former track star in high school. His 11.20 seconds in the 100m made him one of the best sprinters in New Jersey. A high school linebacker at 6’3, 240 pounds, Lissemore has since gained 50+ pounds yet managed to keep his linebacker speed. His 4.83 40 yard dash would have placed him among the fastest DTs at the combine if he had received an invite.

With all that speed, the next, logical step is to question his strength. His 36 reps on the bench press would have earned him third amongst the defensive lineman at the combine. His 30 inch vertical is very respectable for anybody near the 300 pound weight range. Clearly Lissemore is an athlete with the necessary NFL measurables.

Production is the only thing left to look at production and Lissemore has that too. Although hampered by a nagging shoulder injury that hurt his stat totals in his sophomore year and even affected his play into the beginning of his junior season, Lissemore pulled it all together during his senior campaign. In 14 games, Lissemore accumulated 66 tackles, 14 of which came for a loss, 6.5 sacks and 2 interceptions. All very good numbers from the DT position.


Sean is a 2005 graduate of Dumont (NJ) H.S. where he saw action at both guard and tackle on offense and defensive end and linebacker on defense. Lissemore was named a 1st-team all-league selection as a linebacker in 2004-05 and All-North Jersey Group 2. He was invited to Governor’s Bowl and The Bergen All-Star game. Sean was part of his team’s best record in 20 years and a berth in state playoffs, and he also earned honorable mention all-county honors. He tallied 120 total tackles (74 solo), nine sacks and one interception during his senior season and also handled the kickoff duties. Sean was also a 4-year letterman and All-League performer in track and field in the 100 and 200 meter. He also competed in the shot put and was a 3-year letter winner in wrestling, where he was also an all-league performer and state medalist at the 215-pound weight class. He was awarded the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership award in 2004 and was an Honor Roll student in school.

As a RS freshman in 2006, Sean tallied 33 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack. In ’07, he improved to 43-4-2. In 2008, those numbers went to 51-7.5-4.


Thick, raw-boned street brawler who is naturally strong and a bit nasty. Does not look all that athletic but can move. Plays better than his athletic numbers and has some room to grow. Penetrates unless double-teamed, and is a good bull rusher. Stalemates OGs his size. Good motor. Pile maker.


Not all that big for an interior D-line candidate. Can be cut blocked. Has a little upside but will never be more than a journeyman. Doesn’t bat balls. Lacks moves.

(Won’t be in many mocks or rankings)

Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

Well, I wish I could be of more of a help, but I’ll be completely honest I’ve never seen him play, not one down. I have nothing more to say on him.

It seems though (based on his size and speed) that he would fit a team like the Colts who are looking for a player that can penetrate gaps and chase down ball carriers on the way to the quarterback. A very good athlete for a DT, he’s also strong (at least on the bench press) putting up 36 reps on the bench.

His measurables are as good as any Defensive tackle in the draft, his production was pretty solid, but vs inferior competition and he has a lot to prove.

Guys like this can sneak their way into the second round sometimes (think Mike Mitchell last year, or 3rd round-Ramses Barden. Early third round are players like Jarron Gilbert from San Jose State) but are probably heading into the 5th round range.

IF the Giants draft him I’m all for it.

I didn’t know a ton about Kevin Boss when he was drafted and he’s doing well.

There are a lot of small school players out there who can succeed in the N.F.L. and based on what we know this is a man who was asked to play DT so he put on 50+ pounds to make the switch. Seems dedicated to me.

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4 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Sean Lissmore DT (William and Mary)”

  1. Steve B. says:

    One guy I would like to see a report on is Jimmy Graham (Miami), I was impressed with him at the combine, he had the 2nd fastest 40 among TE’s, bue he is extremely raw. Played basketball in college, and only one year of football.

    I think he is rated as a 4th or 5th round prospect. He has great size 6’6″ 260 lb, but needs to be developed.

    Everyone is looking for the next Antonio Gates type player

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  3. Tribe says:

    2009 Tribe football links are located there.

    This page has 2009 senior profiles and feature articles from the W&M SID.

    There’s a profile and feature on both Lissemore and Adrian Tracy, who the Giants had in for one of their 30 workouts.

  4. Aviator says:

    Lissemore is the real deal. As far as numbers are concerned, he is probably the best combination of strength and speed. I have been watching the guy play for four years which is probably more than Mel Kiper. If you compare his size and numbers to Suh, he is right up there. Yes, he has not been playing the same level of competition as a Nebraska, but the upper half of the CAA can hold its own against most FBS teams and as proven this past season, beat same. Tracy is the real deal also. A sleeper is David Caldwell who didn’t see much action this year, because Tracy and Lissemore had already taken care of business. If the Giants pick up Caldwell as a free agent, they got a steal. Caldwell is from Nutley.

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