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6th Round Pick - DE Melila Purcell, Hawaii

Unread postby swerb » Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:49 pm

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BIO: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after posting 35/1/1. Junior totals included 74/15.5/6.

POSITIVES: Solid athlete who flashes playmaking skill behind the line of scrimmage. Quickly changes direction or alters his angle of attack, displaying good range. Plays with good pad level and balance. Rarely off his feet and flashes explosion.

NEGATIVES: Slow shedding blocks by opposing tight ends and is easily moved from his angle of attack. Easily gives up on plays if he's blocked from the point.

ANALYSIS: A defender who has flashed ability, Purcell.s draft stock dropped after a disappointing season.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent
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Unread postby swerb » Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:51 pm

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An up-and-down player through most of his college career, Purcell is a prospect with good upside. Offers possibilities as a left defensive end if he elevates his game.

Biography:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Senior totals were 60/15.5/9.5 after 34/1/1 as a junior. Posted a career-high 74 tackles as a sophomore.

Pos:

Fluid, athletic lineman coming off a solid senior campaign. Quickly gets off the snap, plays with terrific pad level and displays good technique with his hands. Smooth moving out to the sidelines, makes plays down the line of scrimmage and redirects to the action.

Neg:

Does not play to his size and is easily tied up at the point by a single blocker. For the most part a marginal pass rusher.
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Unread postby swerb » Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:54 pm

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NFL Draft Scouting Report

Was not invited to participate at the Scouting Combine … Good height … A little undersized for DE … May need to bulk up or prove athleticism for a potential switch to 3-4 OLB … Only recorded one sack in 2005 …

Struggled with an elbow problem as a Junior … Speed off the edge … Solid against the run … Started at DE in the Hawaii Bowl against Arizona State and got some good pressure on the QB, on one occasion leading to a 4th down incompletion … Recorded a sack with one arm as the pocket collapsed … Also made a couple of stops against the run, including a solid wrap up tackle

Junior Year

Played in 10 games, started eight at defensive end...a second-team all-WAC selection...hampered by an elbow injury for most of the season...finished with 34 tackles (21 solo)...recorded a season-high seven tackles at Nevada (Nov. 5)...recovered a fumble against Boise State (Oct. 1)...also recovered a fumble which led to a touchdown against San Diego State (Dec. 3)...recipient of the Ben Yee Most Inspirational Player Award.

Sophmore Year

An honorable mention all-WAC selection...played in all 13 games...started 12...hampered by a chest injury...finished third on the team, first among defensive linemen, with 74 tackles (47 solo)...led all Warriors and ranked sixth in the WAC with 15.5 tackles-for-loss (-71) and six sacks (-49)...also led the team with eight quarterback hurries...forced a fumble that led to a touchdown at Rice (Sept. 18)...blocked a PAT attempt against Louisiana Tech (Nov. 6) and another against UAB in the Sheraton Hawai`i Bowl (Dec. 24)...also had four PBUs...team's Warrior Club award-winner.

Freshman Year

Played in 11 games at defensive end...missed three games due to an injured elbow...finished with 40 tackles (23 solo), including five for-a-loss (-24) and 3.5 sacks (-22)...finished second on the team with nine quarterback hurries...recorded at least one tackle in 10 of 11 games...had seven tackles, two for-a-loss (-7) and one sack (-5) in first career start at Louisiana Tech (Oct. 18)...posted a career-high 12 tackles, two sacks (-14) and three quarterback hurries in win over UTEP (Oct. 25)...named WAC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 27).

High school career

A 2002 graduate of Leone High School in Leone, American Samoa...played three positions, including defensive end, wide receiver and tight end...a three-time all-star...named a Samoan International first-team all-star...also participated in basketball, volleyball and track and field...competed in the high jump and long jump in track...earned MVP and all-star honors in basketball...regarded as the best athlete coming out of Samoa his senior year.

Background

Born Feb. 5, 1984, in Pago Pago, American Samoa...cousin of former Warrior and San Diego Charger Alvis Satele and current teammates Hercules and Samson Satele...has two brothers and two sisters...parents are Sauimoana Majorie and Melila Merrill Purcell of Pago Pago, American Samoa.
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Unread postby swerb » Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:11 pm

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Purcell as 'amazing' as he was in Samoa

While recruiting in American Samoa nearly five years ago, University of Hawai'i assistant coach Rich Miano came across a 17-year-old Leone High senior who could run 40 yards in 4.6 seconds, dunk a basketball off a 360-degree move, and long jump 21 feet.

"He's an amazing athlete," Miano said at the time. "His only fault is he wants to become a journalist."

Melila Purcell III, now a 6-foot-5, 278-pound UH senior, is making news as one of the Western Athletic Conference's best defensive ends.

Yesterday, for the second time this season, Purcell was named the WAC's Defensive Player of the Week.

In Saturday's 54-17 victory over San Jose State, Purcell played 44 snaps, amassing eight tackles, 2.5 sacks, four hurries and a forced fumble. Of the Spartans' 22 pass plays, Purcell was in the quarterback's grill seven times.

UH uses a scoring system in which a defender is awarded a "hit" for every tackle or shot that leads to a tackle. Purcell was credited with 11 hits against the Spartans.

"In 44 plays, that's a good number for a linebacker," defensive line coach Jeff Reinebold said. "It's phenomenal for a defensive lineman, really unheard of for someone who plays on one side of the field."

In UH's 3-4 scheme, Purcell is aligned on the left side — usually an offense's strong side — and faces a minimum double team on every pass play. The Spartans also had a power package in which they used six offensive linemen at the same time.

"We don't want him engaged in a block too long," Reinebold said. "We ask him to be a movement guy, which means to move all over the field and make plays. That's not easy when the other team sends two blockers after you."

Purcell uses his speed (now 4.7 seconds over 40 yards) and strength (benches more than 400 pounds) to break free from blockers.

"What's fun about watching Mel play is his total command of his responsibilities," defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville said. "He totally knows on every call where he's supposed to be and what he's supposed to do. It's a great teaching tool for the people who are playing on the defensive line. You can say, 'Look at this, look at how he's doing.' "

Mel deLaura, who coordinates the conditioning program, said Purcell is working out with the same ferocity as he did as a second-year freshman in 2003. Purcell attended classes but did not practice in 2002 because the NCAA did not accept a high school English course as a core class.

Purcell weighed about 220 pounds as a second-year freshman. But the progress he made in 2003 could not be developed further because of a series of injuries the next two years.

This year, despite an arm injury, Purcell bit his mouthpiece and kept working.

"He decided he was going to make this his big-time year," deLaura said. "It started in January. He worked hard in the weight room and at running. He took care of business. Maybe it's because he's not as banged up. But he decided he was not going to be the guy going through the motions. He came in and worked his butt off. It's paid off. He's always working out, every day. When I come in, he's here. When I leave, he's here."

Purcell, who gained 25 pounds during the offseason, acknowledged he is in better health.

What's more, he said, "I'm more comfortable with the defensive scheme. My teammates encourage me to play at a higher level every week."

Reinebold said to maximize effectiveness, the defensive linemen are placed under play limits. Purcell's 44 plays against SJSU were his most in a game this season.

"We always tell our guys, 'You're not going to play as an NFL player after you cash your first NFL check,' " Reinebold said. "That means they have to play at that NFL level before the NFL will even consider them."

Reinebold said Purcell, based on his play this season, is deserving of a shot in the NFL.

"The NFL draft is a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and being the match for the right team," Reinebold said. "But when I compare him to guys I've coached or been around, he's certainly as talented as anyone. Look at the impact he has in games."

Reinebold said Purcell's skills — strength, quickness, good "motor" — are comparable to former All-Pro L'Roi Glover's abilities.

"Now that doesn't mean Mel will be a Pro Bowl player," Reinebold said. "That means he's playing at an extremely high level."

Reinebold also said Purcell has maintained his strong play late in the season.

"That something the pros notice," Reinebold said. "When you're an NFL team playing a 16-game schedule over 17 weeks, with all of that travel, you're looking for players who won't wear down."

Purcell also has shown feistiness this season. During a practice, he scuffled with his cousin, center Samson Satele.

"Mel is Mel," Satele said. "I knew he was the best, but sometimes he keeps it in. Maybe it was because he was hurt. But he's playing at a high level, like an NFL d-end. When he brings it out, he's unstoppable."
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Unread postby swerb » Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:59 pm

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Browns pick DL Melila Purcell

Jeff Walcoff, Staff Writer
04.29.2007


The Browns have selected defensive lineman Melila Purcell in the sixth round (200th overall) at the 2007 NFL Draft.

Purcell was a three-year starter along the Hawaii defensive line, marking 208 tackles with 36.5 tackles for loss and 20 sacks during his career. At 6-feet-5 and 269 pounds, he'll likely compete for a job along the team's defensive line.

Purcell was born and attended school in American Samoa and is cousins with 2007 second-round pick center Samson Satele of Hawaii.
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