By: Steve Johnson
Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2015: 11 games. 6 tackles, 1 pass break up
2016: 13 games. 39 tackles, 4 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 pass break up
2017: 14 games. 88 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 1 int (52 yards for TD), 1 pass break up, 1 FF
Accolades: 2014 Semper Fidelis All-America Game
History: Four-star recruit from Santa Ana, CA. His cousin, Amobi Okugo, played soccer at UCLA and professionally for the Philadelphia Union.
Strengths: Good size. Long limbed. Pursuit speed is a strength. Shows flashes of very good closing burst. Uses his length to make up for somewhat questionable paths to the football. Speed and length provides high upside in pass coverage.
Weaknesses: A little tight hipped. Struggles to get off blocks. Overwhelmed at the point of attack. Needs to get stronger. Isn’t as willing to take on blocks as you’d like to see. Gets driven back with ease, sometimes taken out of the play completely. Mental processing isn’t completely there yet. Doesn’t play with the motor or aggressiveness of some of his counterparts.
Overview: A long and athletic linebacker, Okereke still has room to grow both mentally and physically before he can be counted on as an every down linebacker. Although you see flashes of his athleticism, it appears he still is thinking too much, holding back his playmaking potential. He will have an immediate impact on special teams and has the upside of being a good coverage LB.
Draft Projection: Early Day 3
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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