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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 edge rusher Shilique Calhoun will not play in the Senior Bowl due to a minor injury.
Earlier on Thursday, his name had been scrubbed from the Senior Bowl roster. The reason wasn't immediately apparent, but it turns out he's been dealing with a minor injury of an undisclosed nature. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder was expected to play both linebacker and defensive end in the annual postseason bowl. We've seen several players duck their postseason bowls with "nagging" or "minor" injuries. Auburn linebacker Kris Frost did likewise on Thursday for the Shrine Game, while Michigan State QB Connor Cook ruled himself out of the Senior Bowl with a shoulder injury several weeks ago. While we understand protecting yourself heading into a potential big payday, it doesn't help these players' draft stock to be treating these things like Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady treat the NFL Pro Bowl. Jan 21 - 5:46 PM

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Michigan State edge rusher Shilique Calhoun is no longer listed on the Senior Bowl roster.

We assume he's pulled out of the event for a non-injury related reason, but we'll update you on that when more is known. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Calhoun had been listed by the Senior Bowl as an outside linebacker and we were excited to see him audition on the second level. Since some perceive Calhoun as a DE/OLB tweener, Senior Bowl may have been more important to his evaluation than most others. For whatever reason, he's decided not to follow through on his commitment.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 21 - 1:41 PM

Michigan State edge rusher Shilique Calhoun accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Calhoun is being listed by the Senior Bowl as an outside linebacker, so he'll get to show how effective he can be standing up. Calhoun is one of those prospects to whom Senior Bowl week is crucial. Some consider him a slam-dunk first-rounder and others, well, don't. For instance, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline pegs Calhoun as a third-rounder, calling him a DE/OLB tweener.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 10 - 4:41 PM

Michigan State edge rusher Shilique Calhoun "has put together quality tape for NFL scouts to consider him in the top-32 picks," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Calhoun had a solid outing this past weekend, in the Spartan's 16-13 win over Iowa, recording six tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble in the big win. While Brugler believes Calhoun's stock is on the rise, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, sees the Michigan State prospect as more of a third-round selection due to concerns over him being something of a tweener between defensive end and linebacker.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 02:05:00 PM

Michigan State edge rusher Shilique Calhoun has been incited to the Senior Bowl.

Calhoun's snap percentage is close to 90 percent, which is ridiculous for a defensive lineman. Keep that in mind when evaluators question the peak and valleys of his effort or success. Calhoun will play in a rotation in the NFL, which could aid his impact early on.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Michigan State senior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun "has veteran awareness and recognition skills to contain and force the action inside or string runs," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Calhoun launches out of his stance with low pad level, but stout blockers can neutralize him as he struggles to win with power once his initial momentum is halted," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Calhoun is currently leading the Spartans defense in sacks (5.0) and tackles for loss (6.0) so far this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 03:12:00 PM

Michigan State senior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun was named the co-Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in Saturday's 30-10 win over Central Michigan.

In Saturday's win, Calhoun logged 2.5 sacks and three total tackles for loss. He also was initially awarded with a blocked field goal, though on review it turned out that teammate Demetrius Cooper got his hand on the ball. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Calhoun now ranks sixth all-time on the school sack ledger with 21 career quarterback takedowns. He'll almost certainly be drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, though some, such as TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, view him as more of a third-round selection due to concerns over him being something of a tweener between defensive end and linebacker.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 08:35:00 PM

Michigan State senior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun registered three tackles for loss, 2.5 of which were sacks, in the school's 30-10 win over Michigan State.

Many were surprised when the three Michigan State prospects returned for the 2015 season (Calhoun, Jack Conklin and Connor Cook) but it is paying off thus far. Calhoun is a big and log edge rusher (6'5/250 lbs) with some burst. The Spartans face Purdue next.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 10:59:00 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun is "quick off the edge."

Pauline's been one of the most vocal critics of Calhoun's game. He's unimpressed by the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder's size and wrote that the redshirt junior "does not display great pursuit or long speed," even if the quickness is present. That combo lack of speed and size concerns the draft analyst because he doesn't see Calhohn as being big enough to stick on the line, nor fast enough to move to linebacker. In what should serve as a tough test, he'll be facing off with Willie Beavers--who Pauline labels a "terrific college left tackle"--in Friday's contest against Western Michigan.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 07:06:00 PM

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.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 05:36:00 PM

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
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 03:51:00 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
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 04:56:00 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.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 03:25:00 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.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 10:17:00 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.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 08:19:00 PM