One of the top pass-rushing prospects is reportedly declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Missouri Tigers defensive end Shane Ray is entering his name into the pool of draft-eligible players, according to Yahoo Sports. The Bengals are in desperate need of an added presence on their defensive line, particularly in pass-rushing situations, and Ray could provide them with that.
Ray registered a school-record 14 sacks at defensive end this season, becoming the SEC defensive player of the year and a consensus first-team All-American. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder is a force along the defensive that line that will go in the first round of this year's draft.
CBS ranks Ray as the No. 2 DE prospect and the eighth-overall player. Here is some of their breakdown on Ray:
Extraordinary athlete who reportedly has been clocked at 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has a 40-plus-inch vertical, 10-foot broad jump and bench presses over 400 pounds.
Launches himself off the line with an explosive first step to beat tackles off the snap and can fly by and around them, showing the flexibility and balance to scrape the corner and close. He complements the speed rush with a quick jab-step back to the inside and a swim over the top to counter when opponents start leaning outside.
Ray locates the football quickly and changes directions fluidly to pursue. Reaction quickness is awesome, decisively making plays and chasing down the action with an outstanding motor. Shows good effort in run pursuit.
Good bloodlines. His father, Wendell Ray, was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the 1981 draft after starring for Missouri, himself.
IN OUR VIEW: Ray is still developing his pass rush sequence and arsenal of moves, but his first step quickness and sustained burst off the edge are special and should have him drafted very early when he decides to enter the NFL Draft.
--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang (12/7/14)