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2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: EDGE Joshua Paschal

Big Board ranking: #95

Positional ranking: #14



Position: EDGE

College: Kentucky

Class: Senior (RS)

Age: 22



Height: 6’2 5/8”

Weight: 268 lbs.

Arm length: 32 3/4″

Hand size: 9 5/8”


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 4.77 sec.

Vertical jump: 37.5”

Broad jump: 123.0”

Bench press: N/A

3-cone drill: N/A

Short shuttle: N/A



Very strong overall build. Thick lower body. Relentless play style. Excellent athleticism for his size. Inside-outside versatility on the defensive line. Impressive speed and explosiveness. Intimidating presence and like a train with a head of steam. Plays low and wins with leverage. Uses hands to effectively strike and shed. Instinctive engaging with hands before blockers reach him. Very good strength to hold his spot. Plus burst at the snap. Quick and physical slanting inside. Can power an opponent back into the ball-carrier. Controls tight ends at the point of attack. Powerful bull rush and accurate getting two hands on opponents. Tremendous pursuit and hustle. Good range to close around the ball. Experience on both sides of the formation and various alignments. Has dropped back in coverage from the edge. Lined up over the center at times on obvious passing downs. High football character.



Size/build makes him a questionable fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Average change-of-direction skills and needs to gather himself in some movements. Has some side-to-side stiffness. Limited twitch/moves as an edge rusher. May be a tweener with limited height/length inside and limited bend on the edge.


NFL comparison

L.J. Collier



Overall, Paschal is a strong defensive lineman that best fits as a power edge in a 4-3 defense at the next level. His versatility and character should make him a very solid option in the third round with the ability to make an immediate impact.