NAME: Quincy Roche
POSITION: Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
SCHOOL: Miami (FL)/Temple
WEIGHT: 243 pounds
Born in Randallstown, Maryland, Quincy Roche played both defensive end and tight end in high school. At New Town High School in Owings Mills, Maryland, he broke out during his senior season. Not only did Roche earn all-state and all-county honors that year, but he also broke a school record with 19 sacks. He committed to Temple University for college football.
During his four years with the Owls from 2016-19, Roche dominated to the tune of 137 total tackles, 39.5 tackles for loss and 26 sacks. Add in seven pass breakups, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks, and the defender won in a variety of ways. In his final season at Temple, Roche had the fifth most sacks in the FBS (13) and the eleventh most tackles for loss in the FBS (19). That 2019 season also saw him earn Defensive Player of the Year in the American Athletic Conference. Roche was named first team All-AAC that season, and Sports Illustrated named him an All-American.
As the calendar turned to 2020, Roche announced that he would be transferring to the University of Miami for his redshirt senior season. It was yet another major addition for the Hurricanes via transfer at the time, as they had landed quarterback D’Eriq King recently as well. Roche may not have been as consistently dominant in his lone season with Miami. However, he still managed 45 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and a pass deflection in ten games.
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Speed Rush Ability
Roche provides tremendous flexibility in his hips. One of the best benders around the edge in this class, he simply glides around offensive tackles by getting low and under their shoulders. Then, Roche takes smart angles and does not waste time getting too far up the field. He is more quick than he is explosive. But when Roche is able to get a good first step out of his stance, quarterbacks feel his pressure suddenly with his smooth rushes. In addition, he can become deceptive for opposing offensive tackles to face. While providing speed and bend, Roche plays loose and forces blockers to misstep often.
Roche combines a technically sound style of play, with impressively persistent instincts. He understands how to not get too aggressive when playing the run. Staying wide and setting the edge, forces opposing running backs to have to make urgent decisions. Meanwhile, Roche may be even more spectacular in the pass game. He had plenty of reps against screen passes, where he dropped right into the path of the throw. Miami even let him drop into coverage in the flat occasionally. Overall, Roche forces ball carriers to move east and west so often, that the play remains corralled by the defense.
Pass Rush Counters
When a team looks to add pass rush help, they long for the well-versed attackers and planners during the rush. Roche brings a well developed and multi-faceted set of pass rush counters to the table. For one, he has top notch timing and pop in his hands. The hand placement he has in his arsenal does not resonate with other prospects in this class. As for his pass rush moves, Roche displayed a strong two hand swipe on tape. Other notable ones at his disposal include an inside club and swim, chop, club and rip. It all begins with how he stabs and stuns opposing blockers at the point of attack. Moreover, Roche has more power than many realize. Throw in the different angles and leverage points that he works with when rushing the passer, and Roche produces just silly results.
As well of a pass rusher as Roche is, he does not always have the most steady get off. There are times where he comes out too high out of his stance. Furthermore, Roche was coached to take an inside track in order to make plays in the backfield. This forced him to have to catch up and make stops quickly. Possibly, this is why his speed was so noticeable. Roche does a good job of staying subtle and slow playing the opponent. Yet, there is a lot to be desired in terms of his explosiveness showing at a higher rate.
Once again, Roche is a very technically sound player. There are plays and moments where he becomes too stiff, though. You see his flexibility and twitch come and go as well. To boot, there have been sporadic results regarding pursuit and finishing. It may not necessarily be a lack of effort obviously. But, coaches in the NFL will be looking to get what energy and juice he has out of him for an entire game. Roche may be able to hide some of this, depending on how he lines up defensively. On one hand, he can offer stand up ability on the edge, as well as playing with his hand in the dirt. Roche will be able to add a fair amount of versatility, which could counteract the spotty athleticism.
This may not be a negative for Roche per se, but possibly for the team who drafts him. The pass rush upside is there of course, and he wins in a variety of ways. However, the Kansas City Chiefs for example have not recently been keen to adding players of his mold. Would he be more of a situational pass rusher at first? In a defense like Kansas City’s, would Roche be used in multiple positions across the defensive line? Having shown healthy results as a run defender, he can likely contribute on every down. Finally, Roche has the ability to become a highly productive player game in and game out.
Piggybacking off of that last point a little further, it may be time for the Chiefs to alter their preferred traits on the defensive line. With the immediate impact Roche could present as a pass rusher, the team would create more consistent pressure than last year. The team showed a slight change in going with undersized players in 2020. For example, Mike Danna proved that instincts and being technically sound provided him with crucial snaps. Roche may be built a bit different. Though, he brings a similar style to the table. Kansas City will need to add that kind of juice to the defensive unit in some way, shape or form before next season.
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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.