2012 Scouting Report: Emmanuel Acho, OLB, Texas Longhorns

This is our Emmanuel Acho Scouting report. Acho is a linebacker for the Texas Longhorns, whose brother was just drafted last year (Sam Acho). Will Emmanuel be more coveted by the N.F.L.? Read on to find out. And be sure to check out our scouting report page for all of our other scouting reports.



245 pounds


(combine numbers will be posted here after combine happens)

Stats (through 12/8/2011)

2011 Season:

Games: 12

Tackles: 109

TFL: 13.5

Sacks: 3

FF: 1

INT’s: 0



Games: 47

Tackles: 241

TFL: 39.5

Sacks: 8.5

FF: 5

INT’s: 2


Decent Size

Scheme Versatility

Attacks line of scrimmage

Very sound in coverage

Very physical football player

Has good instincts

Can play effectively with injuries


Good but not great blitzer

Has potential to be very good but has not taken that step yet

Has trouble when run at directly

Does not shed blockers

Needs to take better angles to the football

 Player Comparison:           Jarrett Johnson, Baltimore Ravens

 Round Projection:               Mid 3rd to Early 4th



Emmanuel Acho does everything well but nothing great.  He is effective in coverage, attacking the line of scrimmage on run plays, and has the ability to be an effective pass rusher.   He has been vital to Texas defense for 3 years now.  In the pros he will be effective in either the 3-4 or 4-3 defense.  As long as you are not expecting a 10 sack a season guy he is more suited in the 3-4.  He brings to the table similar traits as Jarrett Johnson so partner him up with a pass rusher and he will complement them well.  Teams such as the Jets, Titans, Bengals, Raiders, Cowboys, Eagles, and Packers could use him in the 3rd-4th round.



Fourth-year linebacker who has seen action in 46 games, including 24 starts … named a 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy semifinalist, a William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist and Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist … also named to the AFCA Good Works Team and the Capital One Academic All-District 7 team … posted 263 tackles (149 solo), 40 TFL, eight sacks, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two INTs, 12 PBU and 22 pressures for his career … a second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2010 … started 11 games at linebacker in 2010 and registered 87 tackles (49 solo), three sacks, 12 TFL, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one INT, six PBU and five pressures … an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2009 … appeared in 14 games at linebacker, including two starts, in 2009 … tallied 49 tackles (36 solo), 10 TFL, two sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, an INT, a PBU and three pressures … saw action in 10 games as a true freshman … tallied 11 tackles and a forced fumble … ranked as one of ESPNU’s top 150 national prospects … a two-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection.

SENIOR (2011)

Started all 11 games at linebacker … leads the team with 116 tackles and 18 tackles for loss to go with three sacks, one caused fumble, 14 quarterback pressures and five pass breakups … posted double digit tackle totals in nine of the 11 games … ranks tied for third in the Big 12 in tackles per game and is also tied for fourth in tackles for loss … game captain for the BYU, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Kansas State … recorded a season-high 16 tackles to go with one tackle for loss and two quarterback pressures at Texas A&M … tallied a team-high 10 tackles (three solo) against Rice to go with one pressure and one TFL … notched 11 tackles (three solo), one TFL, and one PBU versus BYU … racked up 10 tackles (five solo), two TFL, three pressures and his first sack of the season in win at UCLA … at Iowa State he logged a team-high 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and two pressures … notched 10 tackles and one pressure against Oklahoma … made two tackles for loss and five total tackles with two pressures against Oklahoma State … helped lead the defense to a shutout performance against Kansas, allowing only 46 yards of total offense and negative two rushing yards … recorded 13 tackles and two tackles for loss against Texas Tech … tallied a season-high 14 tackles, five tackles for loss, one caused fumble, two pass breakups and one pressure at Missouri to earn the team’s Defensive Player of the Week honor … posted a team-high 13 tackles with two tackles for loss, one sack and one pressure while holding Kansas State to 121 yards of total offense to share the team’s Defensive Player of the Week honor.


Vs BYU AloAloysius

vs Oklahoma

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