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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 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. Jul 6 - 1:22 PM
Source: NFL.com

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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

Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun will return to campus for his senior season.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder, who started the season slow due to consistent double teams, posted eight sacks this season. He was ranked as the No. 20 overall prospect on Mel Kiper's latest Big Board. Calhoun's announcement comes on the heels of Tony Pauline's report last week that Calhoun was "flummoxed" after receiving a Round 2 grade from the advisory committee. He likely would have gone late in Round 1, or early in Round 2. Calhoun joins quarterback Connor Cook in returning to campus, while junior defensive back Trae Waynes opted into the draft.
Jan 11 - 2:53 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun was "flummoxed" after receiving a Round 2 grade from the advisory committee.

"[He] was flummoxed as he fully expected to be stamped as a first rounder despite a disappointing campaign," Pauline wrote. "Word is Calhoun is still undecided as to whether or not he’ll enter the draft." Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin reported similarly the day after Christmas, writing that there's an "awfully good chance" the Spartan stays in school for another year. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder has first-round talent, but didn't have the best season.
Jan 3 - 3:31 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun has met with a number of agents who want to represent her son, according to Rand Getlin.

Obviously Calhoun is considering declaring for the draft, just like many other fourth-year juniors. Still, Calhoun does have another season of eligibility remaining and Getlin cites one source who believes there's an "awfully good chance" the Spartan stays in school for another year. Calhoun wins with length and power.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 09:55:00 AM

Michigan State edge rusher Shilique Calhoun told reports that it's "not definite that I'm leaving."

The full quote: "It's not definite that I'm leaving, honestly. You definitely shouldn't just write it off like that (that he has decided he's leaving). I don't know. It hasn't been really in my thoughts all year. I'm not going to let it take hold of me now." Calhoun is rated by some as a first-round pick. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder started the season slow after facing consistent double teams. Evaluators aren't concerned about him, however.
Source: MLive.com
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 08:45:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Michigan State edge rusher Shilique Calhoun as the No. 20 overall prospect on his updated big board.

Calhoun is "just constantly in the backfield creating pressure and allowing others to make plays," Kiper writes. We do not think Calhoun will test overly well in terms of lateral agility scores, however, Kiper calls attention to his upfield quickness and "lanky" build.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 12:10:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper was contrite in his most recent Big Board column that he'd dropped Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun too far the previous week.

"I had dropped him for a week, but I went back and took a closer look and I think it was probably unfair," Kiper wrote. "Calhoun has impressive quickness and the ability to close in a hurry when he creates space as a pass-rusher, and has the look of a lanky defender who would specialize in getting upfield quickly, but he also shows plenty of strength and leverage against the run." Kiper wasn't alone in feeling jitters about Calhoun's slow statistical start. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound Calhoun is often double teamed. Understandably.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 08:43:00 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun "is in desperate need of a breakout game" versus Nebraska, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Nebraska is allowing only 1.7 sacks per game this season and Calhoun managed only two tackles and no sacks against the Huskers offensive line a year ago, but he made an impact on the opening drive in last year's match-up with a forced fumble and recovery that set the tone early for the Spartans. Calhoun is in desperate need of a breakout game and he won't have a better stage than this," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound Calhoun is off to a slower start than expected and only has two sacks through four games and only has 9 total tackles.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 03:09:00 PM