Positive: Big-bodied interior lineman who does a solid job holding the point of attack. Plays with good pad level, quickly gets his hands up, and effectively uses them to protect himself. Tough to move off the line, slides off blocks to the inside, and effectively makes plays. Adequate first step off the ball, gets push up the field, and shows strength in his lower body. Keeps his feet driving on contact and consistently plays with good knee bend.
Negative: Not light on his feet and lacks skill pursuing the action or stringing plays out laterally. Does not play with good balance. Must develop more moves with his hands. Marginal pass rusher.
Analysis: Kearse is a strong, wide-bodied defender who does a better job occupying blockers rather than making plays up the field. He could develop into a zero-technique/nose tackle prospect at the next level as he physically matures, adds bulk to his frame, and gets stronger."
While Kearse has excelled on the field, he has also excelled in the classroom. He carries a 3.2 grade point average in social work and is slated to graduate in May.
2010: 57 Total tackles, 30 solo, 11TFL, 1 sack, 1PBU, 2 forced fumbles and a hurry. Similar to Frank Okam of Texas, the Texans and Tampa Bay.
2009: Kearse's 2009 performance included 33 total tackles - 17 unassisted and 16 assisted - a force fumble, a fumble recovery, and a blocked kick. The massive senior totaled a career-best three and a half sacks to earn All-SWAC second-team accolades following the season.
2008: 30 total tackles (9 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss (14 yards), 1.0 sacks (10 yards), 2 interceptions (6 yards), and 1 pass break-up.
2007: 9 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery.
Strengths: He has the perfect frame for 3-4 NT and he uses his hands fairly well. Kearse has been durable and is unselfish in his play.
Weaknesses: Not as explosive fiery or nasty as scouts would like, Kearse does not blow up or chase down from the backside as many plays as it seems he could. If he were just a bit more productive as a pass rusher it would make a big difference in the way he's evaluated.
Projection: Kearse will be an UDFA unless he has a watershed event at a pro day or all-star game. Still his size and potential give a real chance to at least make a practice squad."