The good: Mebane is a quick, mobile defender with sound leverage and the strength to be effective on the inside. On the snap he gains a fast advantage, relying on his quick first step. Despite his lack of height, he has long arms that keep blockers off his body and allow him to use his quickness to pursue the play. He has the versatility to fill a few roles and could play nose in a 3-4, one-technique in an odd-man front or three-technique in an even 4-3 front. As a pass rusher, he combines both quickness and power to gain penetration and pressure the passer.
The bad: He had difficulty with double-teams and needs hand technique development to separate quicker when engaged with blockers. He can struggle to separate to make plays late, and relies on his quickness to win on the initial charge. He can get wired to blockers if his initial move is thwarted and can struggle shedding at times. He also needs to develop better reads, reaction and vision to recognize the run and react to the pass.
Outlook: He will most likely go high, and is a marginal top-60 prospect with a starting pro grade. He is a mid-first day pick with athletic ability, but he needs the right situation and is best suited to play three technique tackle in a 4-3 set.
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