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Kawann Short | Defensive Tackle

Team: Purdue Boilermakers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/2/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 310

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Panthers selected Purdue DT Kawann Short with the No. 44 overall pick.
That's two picks, two defensive tackles for the Panthers. As ESPN's Todd McShay said on air, it's a boom-or-bust pick. Short (6-3, 299) is blessed with talent, but was maddeningly inconsistent as a Boilermaker. NFL Films' Greg Cosell has described him as a "frustrating player to watch" with a "glaring lack of consistent effort and execution." He didn't play hard enough. Short still racked up 15.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a senior, in addition to four kick blocks. He projects as a three-technique tackle. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:32:00 PM

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Purdue DT Kawann Short flew to Carolina and visited with the Panthers on Wednesday.

Short's evaluation slots him in the second-round, and the team absolutely needs help on the interior of their defensive line. The Panthers just re-signed Dwan Edwards, who consistently lined up as their three technique, but Short would offer a younger presence who could also play some five technique in a three man front. We wish Short turned on his motor every snap, however.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 08:51:00 AM

The New Orleans Saint sent six personnel men to watch Purdue DL Kawann Short give a private workout.

The team sent five defensive line coaches and Director of College Scouting Rick Reiprish. Short ran a 5.08 and 5.09 40-yard dash, had a 27-inch vertical leap, and 8-foot-4 broad jump. He also had 29 bench presses, a three-cone drill of 7.55 and a short-shuttle of 4.65. The team will be looking to add versatile defensive linemen for their newly minted 3-4 defense and Short provides that, playing the one and three techniques in college.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 08:10:00 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Purdue DT Kawann Short has a "glaring lack of consistent effort and execution."

Cosell does call Short a "splash player with desirable traits." We agree that consistency is Short's biggest negative, since he shows outstanding feet for a player of his size, but he seemed to have an off and on switch.
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 01:27:00 PM's Gil Brandt reports Purdue DL Kawann Short will miss the Combine and school's Pro Day because of a hamstring injury.

The injury will delay Short until March 25, when he'll hold a personal workout for teams on campus. Both meetings would have benefited Short, who has questions to answer about his work ethic. He's plenty talented, however, and will likely be a top 40 selection.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 04:57:00 PM

ESPN's Matt Williamson suggested the 49ers as a possible landing spot for Purdue DT Kawann Short.

Williamson suggested that the 49ers need to add more depth up front, which makes sense considering the team's defense took a step back with Justin Smith on the sideline. Instead of moving up for one of the defensive linemen, Williamson says wait on one to fall for them. Short showed flashes of brilliance and has athletic feet to play on the edge, he just needs more consistency.
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 02:56:00 PM

Purdue DT Kawann Short will not work out at the Combine or the school's Pro Day on March 1 due to an injury.

NFL Draft legend Gil Brandt adds Short will have his own Pro Day on March 26. No details were given, but the injury is recent since Short just finished participating in Senior Bowl week. There's a lot to like to about Short, specifically his quick feet, but he tends to turn his energy off and on as he pleases.
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 03:52:00 PM

Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah writes Purdue DT Kawann Short is "very likely to get picked in the middle-to-late portion of the first-round."

"Short was a dominating force at the Senior Bowl, where his combination of size, strength and quickness certainly caught the attention of the scouting community," says Jeremiah. "He has the tools to play in either front." The Boilermaker's foot quickness for his size really stands out at times.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 11:10:00 AM

An NFL scout told Brad Briggs that Purdue DT Kawann Short "doesn’t play as hard as you would like, not regularly."

"Now, there in the Senior Bowl, he played his a** off," the scout said. "Why did he play hard? Maybe it goes back to mentality. Are you that guy? You are rolling the dice with this kid but let me tell you, he is talented, real talented." The scout went on to add that Short can play across the defensive line but he needs to harness or heighten his motor.
Sun, Jan 27, 2013 08:01:00 PM

The NFL Network's Buck Brooks says NFL scouts are "raving" about Purdue DT Kawann Short's "potential as a three-technique in a one-gap scheme."

Brooks says Short has "rare lateral quickness for a pass rusher his size" but his "energy and effort aren't always running at high levels." The Purdue reminds us of Jerel Worthy in that he needs to win early to show his dominance in one on one situations, although the two succeed off the snap differently.
Wed, Jan 23, 2013 05:11:00 PM

Purdue senior DT Kawann Short will attend the Senior Bowl in January.

Short has drawn plenty of national attention and flashes tremendous impact. In order to make good of the expectations surrounding him, Short would benefit from a consistent week in Mobile.
Wed, Nov 14, 2012 01:23:00 PM

Purdue head coach Danny Hope is optimistic that senior DT Kawann Short will play against Penn State on Saturday.

Hope did add that it is "not a green light yet." Short suffered a lower leg injury in the first half against Minnesota, but after sitting out a few series he returned to the game. Short has nine tackles for loss and four sacks this season, but a majority of those came prior to the last four weeks.
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 12:09:00 PM

SI's Tony Pauline considers Purdue senior DT Kawann Short the 12th best draft-eligible prospect.

Citing Short's "fluid feet", Pauline says the 6'3/310 pound prospect "will get consideration at a number of positions on the defensive line". Short's decision to return for his final season was not an easy one, especially considering this class should produce a better defensive tackle group at the top. We agree that Short shows athletic footwork and he put it on display when asked to play defensive end last year, but his burst off the line is only adequate and he would benefit from fixing his questionable pad level when anchoring.
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 02:23:00 PM