2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Akeem Ayers, UCLA

Akeem Ayers - OLB #10 – UCLA

6-4 255lbs RS Junior

Stats:

2008 –  40 tackles, 12 Assisted, 5 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 Passes Defensed, 1 Forced Fumble, and 1 Blocked Punt

2009 – 73 tackles, 21 assisted, 12.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 3 Passes Defensed, 4 INTs, 2 TDs, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 TD

Pros:

Simply put, Akeem was a beast last season for the Bruins. He is very quick and tracks down ball carriers like a bloodhound. Is very alert and always around the football. Ayers is already big, but he could potentially add 15 pounds, maintain his speed, and play at defensive end full time as a pass rusher. Or he could stay as is and be a very talented SAM in a 4-3 or an Rush OLB in a 3-4. He has put up great numbers so far, but his best football is still ahead of him.

Cons:

Ayers can have difficulty shedding blocks, but at this level of play his speed can make up for that most of the time. He isn’t the best tackler and tends to throws his body at the ball carrier instead of driving through them. This causes quite a few missed tackles. Because of his speed, he tends to over pursuit plays. How will he handle a leadership role this year?

Thoughts:

There is so much talent and potential in Akeem that if he can keep improving as the focal point and leader of the UCLA defense, he will go early when he declares.

Projected Round:

1st Round

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