Akeem Ayers scouting report

Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 255

Prototypical strong-side linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. May have the ability to play outside in a 3-4 system as well. Great ball skills for a linebacker (six career interceptions). Voted team captain in 2010. Rare athleticism for his size. Long arms allow him to wrap up running backs and drive them to the ground. An explosive tackler; has a knack for forcing fumbles.
Overaggressive. Picks a direction and goes full speed, resulting in too many missed opportunities. Needs to improve instincts and learn that full speed isn’t always the best route to take.
Ayers is one of the few top-rated players capable of playing linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. He has tons of raw talent, but he may struggle initially. He’s an easy player to confuse, and gets caught out of position too often, such as biting on play action and pump fakes. However, all of his flaws are fixable, giving him tons of upside. Definitely has the potential to be a perennial Pro Bowler.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 1 Comment

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