New Orleans Saints 2016 NFL Draft Profile: Kyler Fackrell

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Nov 28, 2015; Logan, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars quarter back Tanner Mangum (12) slides under Utah State Aggies linebacker Kyler Fackrell (9) during the second quarter at Romney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2015; Logan, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars quarter back Tanner Mangum (12) slides under Utah State Aggies linebacker Kyler Fackrell (9) during the second quarter at Romney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sean Payton openly admitted that a pass rusher is on the top of the New Orleans Saints needs for this year’s draft. Therefore, we take a look at Utah State’s Kyler Fackrell and what he could bring to the Saints defensive unit.

Measurables:

  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 245 LBS
  • Arm length: 33 1/4 inches
  • Hands: 10 1/8 inches

Combine results

  • 40-yard dash: 4.72 seconds
  • Bench press (225 LBS): 16 reps (Pro day)
  • Vertical: 34 1/2 inches
  • Broad jump: 121 inches
  • 3-cone drill: 7.24 seconds (Pro Day)
  • 20-yard shuttle: 2.75 seconds

Analysis

Kyler Fackrell played as a stand-up linebacker at Utah State and he excelled. He played with a high motor and has an elite range to catch and bring down ball carriers. Because of his massive length, he can hold back blockers and control the point of attack. In turn, that helps him in the run game. Fackrell can hold the edge and take down runners when they decide to cut outside.

When asked to drop back in coverage, Fackrell held his own. He does a good job recognizing routes in his zone and has decent speed to move quickly in open space. Fackrell only had 13 sacks in his college career, but he has all the potential to become a great pass rusher on the NFL level.

Before Fackrell goes to his pro team, he needs to add weight and muscle to his body. Too often did he get stopped in his rush when he couldn’t set the edge, because of his lack of strength. Developing his arsenal of moves has to be a priority, since he almost only got to the quarterback with his speed. He needs to add a consistent counter move and make it harder for the blocker to anticipate his strategy.

How he fits with the New Orleans Saints 

After struggling all season to get any consistent pressure on the quarterback, the Saints defense needs help, and that could come from a player like Fackrell. He could be used on pass downs in sub packages where his job would be getting after the passer. If Fackrell works hard and adds weight, he could become a great pass rusher. However, he is still a very raw prospect and he doesn’t seem to be the perfect fit for Dennis Allen’s 4-3 defense.

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