Our rookie scouting reports combine film and analytics to provide the best possible predictions for player performance. With the 2023 NFL Draft less than a month away, let’s take a look at the scouting report for Wake Forest DT Kobie Turner.
Kobie Turner NFL Draft Profile
- Position: Defensive Lineman
- School: Wake Forest
- Year: Sixth-Year Senior
Turner was a zero-star recruit out of Centreville High School in Clifton, Virginia. Not being recruited at all, Turner did not have any FBS offers. As a result, he wound up playing college football at Richmond, an FCS program.
Turner redshirted his entire freshman season in 2017. In 2018, he saw very minimal game action, appearing in three contests.
In 2019, Turner played significantly more. He recorded 71 total tackles, including 14.5 for a loss, as well as seven sacks. He also tacked on a forced fumble.
The 2020 season was mired by COVID issues. As a result, Turner played just four games, but he did manage 19 total tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Redshirting his freshman year allowed Turner to return to Richmond for a fifth season. In 2021, he played in 10 games, accumulating 54 total tackles, including 10.5 for a loss, four sacks, and two forced fumbles.
Rather than take his chances in the 2022 NFL Draft, Turner exercised his extra year of COVID eligibility to return to school for a sixth season. However, he did not return to Richmond. Instead, Turner transferred to Wake Forest for his final collegiate campaign.
Turner responded well to the significant increase in competition. He recorded 38 total tackles, including 10 for a loss, as well as two sacks, three forced fumbles, and nine QB hits.
Tony Pauline’s Scouting Report for Kobie Turner
Strengths: Explosive, but undersized one-gap defensive tackle who projects as a 3-technique. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, consistently gets leverage on opponents, and is very effective with his hands. Agile, displays excellent movement skills, and covers a good amount of area on the field.
Has quick change-of-direction skills with the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack. Rarely off his feet and chases around the field to make plays. Displays a variety of moves to get off blocks or protect himself and gives effort against the run.
Weaknesses: Undersized and is easily controlled at the point by a single blocker or turned from the action. Doesn’t display himself as a great pass rusher.
Overall: Turner did a terrific job for Wake Forest last season after transferring from Richmond and displayed a lot of skill during Shrine Bowl practices. He comes with size limitations, yet his explosiveness, mobility, and ability to make plays in any direction will get him looks as a one-gap defender.
Kobie Turner Pro Day Measurements and Results
- Height: 6’2 1/4″
- Weight: 288 pounds
- Arm Length: 32″
- Hand Size: 10 1/8″
- Bench Press: 31
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.95
Wake Forest DT Kobie Turner Current Draft Projection
On Tony Pauline’s Big Board, Turner ranked 372nd overall and is projected to go undrafted. With a 3.18 grade, Turner is Pauline’s DT23 in the class.
For a man of his stature, Turner is quite athletic. Despite spending six years in college, Turner has raised his draft stock to the point where he is at least in play to get drafted.
Given Pauline’s grade and projection, Turner will either be one of the last picks in the draft or, more likely, a priority UDFA signing. That puts him fighting against the grain to earn a spot on an NFL roster.
The NFL is always looking for talented pass rushers. Turner displayed a realistic ceiling while at Richmond and Wake Forest. Although he’s an older prospect and one with minimal high-level experience, he’s shown enough that an NFL team is likely to take a chance on him and see if he can develop.
Even as a UDFA, Turner should get a shot at training camp. That’s really all he can ask for. If Turner performs well enough, he could earn himself a spot on someone’s roster. That would be considered a success for him.
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