Georgia Tech Senior
Has good size and frame with long arms. Comfortable playing on the line of scrimmage, and can beat the tight end at the point of attack and make the stop. Shows strength and power as a pass rusher off the edge, flashing potential as a bull rusher. Shows some ability to drop into coverage and can make the stop after the catch if he can keep things in front of him.
Limited athlete in space that lacks ideal speed and range. Slow with his backpedal and not someone you want running with backs and receivers down the field. Needs to do a better job setting the edge against the run. Can't consistently disengage and beat tight end as a pass rusher. Lacks moves and a good first step off the corner.
Egbuniwe looks the part, but lacks the explosive ability as a pass rusher and the ability to play in space. He's purely a developmental guy at the next level. Moved from DE as a junior to OLB in their 3-4 as a senior. His tackle production jumped from 19 as a junior to 59 as a senior, but his other production stayed roughly the same. Had 2.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks as a junior, and had 3 and 1 as a senior, respectively. Transferred from Tulsa after his freshman year. His last name is pronounced: E-boon-a-way.
Egbuniwe's lack of speed and burst limits his potential in a 3-4 scheme. He's just never going to be a guy that is a good cover man or an impact pass rusher to really make waves there. If he's going to add depth, it'll be mainly predicated on his ability to play special teams. He's too raw to think he'll contribute much of anything else in his first few years in the league. He has just enough size however that if you can continue to bulk him up, he might fare better as a defensive end. He's a longshot there as well because he doesn't have the sort of first step you're looking for in an edge pass rusher. But with some added bulk and muscle, and if he can develop his bull rush, he might become a better rotational guy there down the road than he'll ever be at the OLB position in a 3-4. But either way he's a marginal NFL prospect that is a tweener that his ability to stick long enough to develop at either position will depend on his special teams prowess.
He could compete at either DE or OLB for the Falcons, but in both positions he's a long shot. Because depth is a little less settled at OLB, probably is his best shot of making the roster. But he's only got an outside shot of making the practice squad based on his special teams ability. Overall, he's just a camp body.
Egbuniwe isn't worth drafting, but a team should bring him into camp and see if they can get something out of him.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 2.5
Pass Rush: 3.0
Scouting reports of the linebackers in the 2011 Draft.
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