As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.
Martin Ifedi (DE), Memphis
6’3” | 275 lbs.
29 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 2 passes defended
7th round-free agent
What scouts are saying:
"His lack of athleticism and skill as a pass rusher could hurt his draft stock, but Ifedi has the strength and toughness to be considered as a left end with run-stopping potential in a 4-3 defense." - NFL.com's Lance Zierlein
"Slow-twitch, one-speed pass rusher. Not elusive -- offensive linemen always know where to find him. Pops straight up out of stance. Looks unnatural when twisting. Appears to lack an accelerator. Slows feet before contact as pass rusher. Missed four games due to injury in 2014. Misleading sack numbers his sophomore and junior year, with most coming on second effort or with quarterback hanging onto ball too long." - NFL.com's Lance Zierlein
"Solidly-built frame and has worked hard to add weight and fill out. Good upper body strength with the length (33-inch arms) and wingspan to toss blockers and corral ballcarriers. Strong hands to finish once he makes contact, breaking down well in space to close and attack. Impressive recognition skills and ball awareness, using his eyes to locate, track and pursue. Disciplined run defender on the edges to take away the corner and contain, forcing the action back inside and allowing his teammates to make the stop. Plays with fight and works hard to stay square, not taking himself out of plays. Good play speed with a locked in motor, rallying to the football. Tough worker with mature football character and a likeable personality. Versatile experience lining up inside and outside at several defensive line positions. School's all-time leader in sacks (22.5) as a three-year starter (31 career starts)." - CBS Sports' Dane Brugler
Fit for the Bears:
Ifedi doesn't seem to have the pass rushing skills that would make him a threat on defense, but as a 3-4 defensive end, the Memphis product projects to anchor well against the run. The Bears could use Ifedi as depth on the defensive line and he could push to make the field for special teams if Ryan Pace decides to take a waiver on the former Tiger.