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Shilique Calhoun | Defensive End

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/20/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 250

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Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun "us[es] his long strides to gain instant momentum," notes CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.
Calhoun's ability to create momentum from the snap allows him to "lean into blockers to transition [his] speed into power," wrote draft analyst Brugler. While the 6-foot-4, 250-pound redshirt junior is more polished as a run-stopper than a pass-rusher, he did notch a personal-best with eight sacks a season ago, to pair with 39 tackles (12.5 for loss). A consistent 2015 campaign would help to smooth out some of the criticisms that have been levied against him. Notably, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently labeled Calhoun "overrated," grading him out as a possible third-round selection on the basis of his lack of size and a deficit in speed that would prevent him from moving to linebacker. Aug 25 - 5:36 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun is "not a polished pass rusher, but dominates against the run game," notes NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

In an NFL.com ranking of the Top-20 college players in the country, Calhoun checked in at No. 17. Draft expert Brooks noted that the 6-foot-4, 250-pound redshirt junior is more complete as a run-stopper than a pass-rusher, but said that on the whole, Calhoun is a "disruptive edge player with a nasty streak." Fellow analyst Charles Davis is looking for a big 2015 season from Calhoun after he was "overshadowed" in 2014. None of the boys went as far in their criticisms as TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline, though, who in early August called Calhoun "overrated" while tagging him as a third-round selection.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 18 - 3:51 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun "will be graded as a first-rounder if he can also hold his ground and shed regularly in the run game," believes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Calhoun's flexibility around the edge is average, so he'll need to beat NFL-caliber tackles around the corner this season to show scouts that he can be a consistent pass-rush threat in the pros," Reuter wrote. Reuter pegs him the class' No. 8 overall senior prospect. Calhoun received a Round 2 grade from the advisory committee over the winter.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 16 - 4:56 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun is "overrated" and a certainty to get over-drafted, postulates TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Shockingly, the analyst grades Calhoun, who some see as a first-round lock, as a third-rounder. "Many salivate over Calhoun but I just don’t know where he lines up at the next level," Pauline wrote. "He’s small for defensive end and lacks the speed for outside linebacker. Calhoun will be over drafted due to his pass rushing skills." The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, reportedly received a Round 2 grade from the advisory committee after last season.
Aug 1 - 3:25 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun "would have factored into the first round in 2015," reports ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Calhoun is an edge-rusher who can also hold the point and not get pushed backward," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, recorded eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss last year. "He could be stronger, but you don't want to give away the ability to bend and turn the corner upfield, either," Kiper wrote. The scribe grades Calhoun as the No. 3 senior defensive end prospect in the nation.
Jul 20 - 10:17 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun was "a bit overrated at first, but he has grown into one of the nation's best defensive ends -- with plenty of untapped potential still," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Calhoun generated a lot of attention early in 2013 when he out-scored a struggling Spartans offense himself, with three defensive touchdowns in the team's first two games," Brown wrote. "He returned for his senior season despite the loss of defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. He has the quickness and speed off the edge to help ease the transition of a new-look secondary behind him." The scribe ranks him as the No. 6 defensive tackle in the country. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, recorded eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss last year.
Jul 12 - 8:19 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that with "more seasoning as a senior," Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun "could establish himself as one of the top-five senior prospects for the 2016 class."

"He is stout at the point of attack to hold his ground vs. the run, but has a bad habit of lowering his head at contact, losing sight of his target. Calhoun needs to be a better finisher in the pocket, playing too hard and out of control at times, leaving production on the field. He has improved each season in East Lansing since becoming a starter as a sophomore and with more seasoning as a senior, Calhoun could establish himself as one of the top-five senior prospects for the 2016 class," Brugler wrote. The two time second-team All American lead the team in sacks the last two years. In 2014, Calhoun recorded 8.0 sacks, with 39 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 7 - 2:49 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun "plays with good arm extension in setting the edge against the run and has the lateral quickness to shut down running lanes quickly," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Calhoun's burst to the ball is a big advantage, but he needs to learn to get to the offensive tackle's edge to become a more consistent finisher as a pass rusher," Zierlein wrote. He pegs Calhoun as the No. 6 edge rusher in the country. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, heads into the season with a mid-to-late Round 1 grade.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 6 - 1:22 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes that if Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun can "hold his ground and shed reguarly in the run game, then he'll earn first-round grades."

That has been a question thus far, as the lanky Calhoun can get pushed around by physical tackles at times. "He smells the ball in the backfield and uses his length (6-5, 250) to wrap up quarterbacks," Reuter wrote. "Calhoun's flexibility around the edge is only fair, so he'll need to beat NFL-caliber tackles around the corner this year to prove to scouts that he can be a consistent pass-rush threat at the next level." Calhoun possesses top-10 tools.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 10:53 PM

Scout.com ranks Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun as the No. 19 draft prospect.

"Look for this Spartan to be a 3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 strong side defenisve [sic] end," Scout.com's Jamie Newberg wrote. "He's not a tackle machine but when he makes plays he makes big plays. Calhoun is quick, especially off the ball. He's strong, shows the ability to play in space and make plays on the other side of the field." A full 37 percent of Calhoun's tackles in college have come behind the line of scrimmage. He's posted impressive totals of tackles for a loss (30) and sacks (16.5).
Source: Scout.com
May 17 - 8:09 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun was named an honorable mention on Mel Kiper's first Big Board of 2016.

"A known pass-rushing commodity, he has 26.5 TFL in the past two seasons," Kiper wrote. It's a bit surprising that Calhoun didn't crack the list, as he was a Round 1 possibility in the 2015 draft had he entered. Calhoun possesses top-10 tools, but must be more consistent.
May 16 - 7:19 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun is a "productive edge rusher who could fly up draft boards with greater strength, consistency in 2015."

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, "will need to beat NFL-caliber tackles around the corner and hold his ground against them in the run game before he earns first-round grades," according to NFL.com's Chad Reuter. He was in the first-round mix had he hopped to the pros early, and a big season will get him into the top half of the stanza.
Source: CBS Sports
May 9 - 6:20 PM

Michigan State edge player Shilique Caqlhoun "will need to beat NFL-caliber tackles around the corner and hold his ground against them in the run game before he earns first-round grades," according to NFL.com Draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun is a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick for the Spartans. The Michigan State prospect was the Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Big Ten back in 2013. Calhoun could have been a first day selection in this year's draft but decided to return for his senior year. With a solid season, Calhoun could be mid first-round selection in the 2016 draft.
Source: NFL.com
May 7 - 3:55 PM

Michigan State edge player Shilique Caqlhoun is still happy with his decision to return to school for the 2015 season.

Calhoun's decision to return to school for his redshirt senior season was a surprising one. "I’m happy I’m still here, I’m not mad about it," Calhoun said. "I’m loving my decision to still be a part of the Spartan football team and family." Calhoun will continue to be a focal piece of Michigan State's defense.
Source: MLive
May 5 - 1:10 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun "currently lacks the functional strength to guarantee a first round selection, especially in a draft as deep and talented at edge rusher as this one," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Calhoun announced he would return to campus for his senior season on Sunday, joking that the NFL Advisory Committee told him he'd be the No. 1 overall pick. He wouldn't disclose what he actually heard from the board, though Spartans' head coach Mark D'Antonio said Calhoun was told he was likely to be a Day 1 pick. It's impossible to know if that's actually the case, as TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported last week that Calhoun was "flummoxed" after receiving a Round 2 grade from the committee. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder posted eight sacks this season and 15.5 sacks, 26.5 TFL, 26 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles over the past two years. He was ranked as the No. 20 overall prospect on Mel Kiper's latest Big Board.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 12 - 12:49 AM