George Karlaftis NFL Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report
Name: Georges Karlaftis
The school: Purdue
Measurable: 6’3 ¾” 266 pounds
Born in Athens, Greece, he moved to West Lafayette, Indiana in 8th grade. He started playing football soon after at West Lafayette High School. Karlaftis was a consensus four-star prospect straight out of high school. He finished his senior season with 106 tackles, 56 tackles for a loss and 17.5 sacks. The former Boilermaker competed in track and field as a Sophomore and Junior in the shot put, where he was a consecutive state champion. He played in the Army All-American Bowl in 2019, winning Defensive Player of the Game. Karlaftis signed with Purdue out of high school and signed up in early January 2019. He started all 12 games and finished the season with 54 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 55 pressures and 7.5 sacks. He was named a 2nd-team All-Big Ten and a First-team Freshman All-American. In the shortened 2020 season, he only played three games due to a combination of COVID and a lower left leg injury. He finished the season with 4 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 8 pressures and 2 sacks. Karlaftis was also an All-Big Ten academic and second-team All-Big Ten player in 2020. He returned for the 2021 season and played in all 12 regular season games. Karlaftis had 41 tackles, 8 missed tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 54 pressures, five sacks and 3 forced fumbles. Opted out of the Music City Bowl to prepare for the draft.
Karlaftis lined up on the left and right sides, also in the 2- and 3-point positions. He proves to be an easy pusher with a powerful upper and lower body with no problem converting speed into power. It shows a strong practical film. Karlaftis also shows great technique with his hands to remove the blockers. The Greek-born youngster looks explosive from the snap when he can time the snap. Coming out of the snap, he comes out low and bends at the knees, giving him leverage over blockers. The former Boilermaker has strong ripping, backstabbing, punching, and swimming moves. He shows quick feet on film and can easily change direction. Its turn is average. When he rushes the ferryman, his engine runs dry.
Defending the run doesn’t seem to be of particular importance to him, especially playing away from him. Karlaftis isn’t doing a good job of closing the door on the back races. He just stands there and there have been instances where a running back has backed up alongside him and passed him. He lacks an effective spinning motion, he’s tried it here and there and it doesn’t help. His explosion out of the snap tends to vary from snap to snap. Sometimes he flies off the ball and other times he looks like he’s running through the sand. This could be due to him trying to time the snap. Karlaftis too often tries to bend the edge and doesn’t do a good job of counter-attacking and gets pushed past the pocket. He struggled with double teams.
Compatibility with Packers:
Karlaftis is not a good candidate. He’s probably a better fit as a 4-3 defensive end. Its turn, speed and length are all average to slightly below average. He can’t lower the cover at all. He also seems more comfortable in a 3-point position. Could see shots as an inside pass rusher due to his strength, although he didn’t at Purdue. For a junior his hand technique is very well developed and he has shown a fair amount of developed pass rush moves because of that he doesn’t have a very high ceiling.