Defensive end, Iowa Hawkeyes
40 time: 5.04
On a deep Iowa defense, Epenesa saw few opportunities early in his career, but he has delivered with production since Day 1. As a true freshman, 5.5 of his 15 tackles went for loss, including 4.5 sacks. He more than doubled that production in 2018 despite still not being a full-time starter, finishing with 37 tackles (16.5 for loss), 10.5 sacks, four batted passes and four forced fumbles. Finally a full-time starter in 2019, he racked up 49 tackles (14.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks, three batted passes and four forced fumbles.
Not known for his athleticism, Epenesa’s NFL Scouting Combine workout was well below average. He ran the slowest 40-yard dash (5.04 seconds) of any sub-300 pound D-lineman and tied for last at the position in the bench press (17 reps).
Projection: First Round