Aaron Karlen

Wisconsin-Stevens Point
DE #45
6’1″ 242

Pros:

  • Strong showing at the Dream Bowl (two strip sacks) and their combine
  • Long arms (35”)
  • Serious hustle and straight line speed; doesn’t give up on a play
  • Ability to stack and shed
  • Active hands and ability to set up offensive linemen allow a nearly unstoppable hump move
  • Experience on special teams and at OLB
  • Translates speed to power
  • Excellent bend and ability to set the edge; can run the arc
  • Explodes off the ball
  • Flashes great instinct and flow as an OLB
  • Can play as a Wide 9 or 5-Tech

Cons:

  • Often has to track down ball carriers from behind because of poor angles
  • Play recognition is lacking
  • DE/OLB tweener
  • Obvious questions about level competition
  • Only 18 D3 players drafted in the last 25 years
  • Lacks an array of pass rush moves
  • Not enough film for him as an OLB
  • Size will limit him

A Division III product, Karlen participated in the Dream Bowl in Virginia Beach last week where he posted eye-popping measurables at the Bowl’s combine: bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times, ran a 4.57 second 40-yard dash, posted a 36” vertical, and was clocked at 7.03 seconds in the three-cone drill. Karlen has been force the last three seasons, earning a spot on D3football.com’s Third Team All-American list while earning first team All-West Region last season; he was also second in the WIAC in forced fumbles (five) and sacks (8.5) in 2014. This past season, Karlen bettered his numbers as he led the WIAC in those same categories with three and 11 respectively. Karlen’s 11 sacks were the 11th most in the country while he was second in the conference in tackles for loss (18).

Pro comp: Andy Studebaker

Projected draft value: 6th round-undrafted

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