Tanoh Kpassagnon

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Tanoh Kpassagnon
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Kpassagnon in the 2017 NFL season.
No. 92 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1994-06-14) June 14, 1994 (age 25)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:289 lb (131 kg)
Career information
High school:Wissahickon
(Ambler, Pennsylvania)
College:Villanova
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:47
Sacks:6.0
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Tanoh Kpassagnon (/ˈtɑːn ˈpæsənj/ TAH-noh PASS-ən-yoh;[1] born June 14, 1994)[2] is an American football defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Villanova.

High school career[edit]

Kpassagnon attended and played high school football at Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania. He was recently inducted into the Wissahickon High School Alumni Hall of Fame.[3]

College career[edit]

Kpassagnon committed to play at Villanova University. As a senior, he was the CAA defensive player of the year after recording 11 sacks.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Kpassagnon received an invitation to the Senior Bowl and made two combined tackles and a sack, helping the South clinch a 16-15 defeat over the North.[5] He attended the NFL Combine and completed all of the combine and positional drills. He also participated at Villanova's Pro Day and ran positional drills for scouts and representatives. Representatives from 18 NFL teams, including six defensive line coaches, attended to scout Kpassagnon as the feature prospect, two Villanova teammates, and seven other players from smaller schools.[6] Kpassagnon had private workouts and visits with ten NFL teams, that included the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, and Pittsburgh Steelers.[7] NFL draft experts and analysts projected him to be drafted anywhere from the second to fourth round. He was ranked the 12th best defensive end in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com and the 13th best defensive end by ESPN.[8]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 7 in
(2.01 m)
289 lb
(131 kg)
35 58 in
(0.90 m)
10 58 in
(0.27 m)
4.83 s 1.68 s 2.81 s 4.62 s 7.46 s 30 in
(0.76 m)
10 ft 7 in
(3.23 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine[9]

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Kpassagnon in the second round (59th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[10] He was the seventh defensive end selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. On June 7, 2017, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Kpassagnon to a four-year, $4.32 million contract with $1.94 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.32 million.[11]

He competed with Rakeem Nuñez-Roches, Jarvis Jenkins, Allen Bailey, and David King throughout training camp for the vacant starting defensive end job left by the departure of Jaye Howard. After showing versatility and "freakish" athleticism throughout training camp and the preseason, head coach Andy Reid designated a edge rusher role for Kpassagnon that allows him to line up at multiple positions, including outside linebacker, defensive end, and defensive tackle.[12] Kpassagnon was named the backup right outside linebacker behind Dee Ford with the usual starter, Tamba Hali, on the physically unable to perform list to begin the regular season.

Kpassagnon made his professional regular season debut during the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opening 42-27 victory over the New England Patriots. On December 31, 2017, with the division title and the fourth seed clinched, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid rested the majority of the teams starters, giving Kpassagnon the chance to make his first career start against the Denver Broncos. He finished with seven combined tackles and two sacks during the 27-24 victory.

On January 19th, 2020 against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game, Kpassagnon sacked quarterback Ryan Tannehill twice during the 35–24 win. [13]

Personal life[edit]

Kpassagnon is the son of Ivorian and Ugandan parents.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tanoh Kpassagnon Draft Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Villanova Wildcats bio
  3. ^ http://www.thereporteronline.com/article/RO/20150923/SPORTS/150929912
  4. ^ https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/01/26/tanoh-kpassagnon-nfl-draft-villanova
  5. ^ "Senior Bowl: 2017 South Team Roster". seniorbowl.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Gil Brandt (March 17, 2017). "Pro day results: Iowa, Houston, Villanova, WKU, Texas Southern". NFL.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Walter Football: 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Visits/Workouts". walterfootball.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  8. ^ Jeff Legwold (April 22, 2017). "Ranking the 2017 Draft's Top 100 Players". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Tanoh Kpassagnon". NFL.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  10. ^ Sweeney, Pete (April 28, 2017). "Five Things To Know About New Chiefs DE Tanoh Kpassagnon". Chiefs.com.
  11. ^ "Spotrac.com: Tanoh Kpassagnon contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Tanoh Kpassagnon review: Giant edge for the Chiefs". www.arrowheadpride.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "Mahomes' feet, arms, lift Chiefs to Super Bowl over Titans". www.espn.com. Associated Press. January 19, 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  14. ^ Okupa, Francis (May 2, 2017). "Plenty of African players picked up during the 2017 NFL Draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 8, 2018.

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