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Ximines (pronounced zim-ah-nes) has been a force on the field for the Monarchs since his redshirt freshman season, leading the team in tackles for loss and sacks in each season. The North Carolina native started all 12 games in 2015 (32 tackles, 7.5 for loss, five sacks, four pass breakups). Ximines started 12 of 13 games in 2016, but only because he took a backseat to a senior on Senior Day. He had 42 stops, 11.5 for loss, 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles that year. C-USA coaches finally recognized his play in 2017, voting him first-team all-conference after he racked up 44 tackles, 14 for loss, and a school-record 8.5 sacks. He forced four fumbles as a junior, which tied for second-most in the FBS. He ranked in the top 10 nationally in that category again in 2018, forcing four additional fumbles, while also finishing among the top players in the FBS with 18.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. The first-team all-conference selection started all 12 games as a senior.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Trey Hendrickson
Edge defender who needs to prove himself as run defender, but he could earn early reps as a nickel rush option. Ximines played as an even front end, but 3-4 teams could still have him on their radar depending on his athletic testing. His fully furnished repertoire of rush tactics could get him a look on Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) and give him a good chance to become an eventual starter in either a 4-3 or 3-4.
  • Takes to coaching and is a student of the game
  • Has keen sense of timing in his operation
  • Feet and hands in constant state of harmony
  • Hands both proactive and reactive playing run or pass
  • Advanced rush approach too much for his level of competition
  • Logs sacks game after game and doesn't pad stats in just one or two games
  • Gets off snap quickly to leverage his rush
  • Potent two-hand swipe to soften the edge
  • Disguises inside counter without slowing
  • Wicked spin counter could become signature move
  • Surprising pop in his punch to jolt and separate
  • Strong, sudden hands to discard blocking tight ends
  • Might need to prove he can handle 3-4 edge duties
  • Feasted on lesser competition at tackle across from him
  • Below-average balance with too many slips in space
  • Needs to do better job of standing ground against powerful run blockers
  • Can be engulfed in the chaos if he's not outside the tackle
  • Closing burst and pursuit speed to contain are modest
  • Short-area quickness becomes average long speed
  • Missed tackles result from suspect approach angles
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