2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IDL Xavier Kelly

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Originally starting his career at Clemson, Xavier Kelly played the first three seasons of his career there prior to transferring to Arkansas. In eight games with the Razorbacks, Kelly served as mostly a depth piece while with the team. An underdeveloped 3-technique, he has the size that teams covet. Transitioning from defensive end to interior defender prior to the 2018 season, Kelly is in need of more polish as both a pass rusher and run defender, as he’s a ways away from being a contributor of any kind. Lacking moves in his arsenal and playing a bit out of position at times, Kelly must continue to add more to his repertoire.   

Ideal Role: Developmental 3-technique that may spend time in an outside league prior to getting a chance on an NFL practice squad.

Scheme Fit: 3-technique in a four-man defensive front.

Written by Jordan Reid

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Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-Founder of ClimbingThePocket.com. Former QB and Coach at North Carolina Central Univ.

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