Another athletic freak from the SEC, Shane Ray has kept the defensive line of Missouri relevant after the graduation of SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam and Kony Ealy.
There is no doubt that Missouri’s Shane Ray has a quick first step and a relentless motor, but the kid is still learning how to rush the passer and once he does watch out.
Plus level athlete has been clocked at 4.4 in the forty yard dash, benches over 400 pounds, a vertical leap of 40 plus inches and a broad jump of over 10 feet. On the field, this season he has compiled 11.5 sacks, 18 TFLs, and 52 total tackles. His first step is a sight to see, he can easily blow by blockers and has the flexibility to bend and close the corner. He has an in and out move to go along with the classic swim move. Very fluid in the hips for his size and has a motor that doesn’t quit.
Sometimes he is over reliant on his athleticism to make plays. Still developing his arsenal of pass rush moves. Needs to be more aware of his surrounds for crack back and cut blocks. Awareness of the run is a concern and once a blocker engages him he has little power to get off blocks.
Having already set a school record for sacks in a season at Missouri, Shane Ray is solidifying himself as a top 15 talent heading into the 2015 NFL Draft. Ray is currently trending to go in the first half of the first round.