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Villanova’s Tanoh Kpassagnon invited to NFL Combine

Nova’s 6’7” 280lb defensive lineman will show where he ranks.

NCAA Football: Villanova at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

More then 300 NFL draft prospects have been invited to Indianapolis to go through a gauntlet of athletic tests gauging each athlete’s mental and physical prowess. One of those invitees to show off their skills in front of every NFL decision-maker is Villanova’s Tanoh Kpassagnon.

Kpassagnon (pronounced pass-N-yo), a 6’7” 280lb beast of man, is one of 49 Defensive Lineman who have been invited. The Ambler, PA native and Wissahickon HS alumn, was a known quantity in FCS circle, but really came on the national scene during the practices in the week leading up to the Senior Bowl.

Those performances and his physical attributes led the following comment from Sports Illustrated:

Multiple scouts told Sports Illustrated that Kpassagnon projects somewhere around the third round. But the Senior Bowl on Saturday and his inevitable freaky testing numbers at the NFL Combine make Kpassagnon the quintessential candidate to rocket up draft boards. “There’s a chance he ends up being the belle of the ball,” a scout told SI.

During the 2016 season, Kpassagnon led the CAA and was ranked in the top 15 in both quarterback sacks (11) and tackles for loss (21.5). He also tallied 45 total tackles, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and a blocked kick.

The NFL Combine is scheduled to begin on February 28th and run through March 6th at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Defensive Linemen will take to the eyes of Combine Analysts on Sunday, March 5th.

The NFL draft is scheduled for April 27-29 in Philadelphia.