Draft Profile: BioTonka Hemingway from Conway High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Hemingway joined South Carolina after being heavily recruited.
In 2020 as a freshman Hemingway saw action in 10 games and played a total of 329 snaps for the Gamecocks. He recorded 18 tackles, one assist, while adding 11 stops. As a pass rusher, he added 6 total pressures, which included 4 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and no sacks on the season.
As a sophomore for the Gamecocks in 2021 Hemingway played in 12 games and took part in 135 snaps for the Gamecocks. He recorded only 5 tackles, 2 assists, while adding 5 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 3 total pressures, and 2 QB hurries, one QB hit, and no sacks during the year.
In 2022 as a junior Hemingway played in 12 games and contributed on 440 snaps. He recorded 18 tackles, 9 assists while making 17 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 23 total pressures, which included 15 QB hurries, 4 QB hits, and 4 sacks on the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Hemingway has a wide base and a low center of gravity to hold his ground, as well as the upper-body strength to shed blockers.
- He has an excellent feel for working off blockers and knowing how and when to counter as the play goes on.
- He’s very instinctive when it comes to countering and solid with overall hand usage.
- He’s a high-effort pass rusher who shows good initial quickness and the ability to beat blockers to the inside.
- Strong tackler. Has good power in hands and can anchor, shed, and chase.
- Hemingway shows impressive burst and enough quickness to occasionally threaten the edge as a pass rusher.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Never out of a play, but can get out of control and work himself away from the action.
- Hemingway is powerful but lacks the flexibility to consistently bend the edge, and Hemingway lacks the kind of twitchy overall athleticism to develop into an elite pass rusher.
- Average athletically with average straight line speed and tight hips. Not a natural bender. Lacks secondary pass-rush moves.
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