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Arnold Ebiketie

EDGE

Penn State

Strengths 

6'3"

Height

Weight

256

Bench
40-Time
10-Time
20-Time
Vertical
Broad Jump
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
3-Cone
Hand
Arm
Wingspan

Final Grade

7.57

Injury History

Games Evaluated

vs Auburn (2021), @ Wisconsin (2021), vs. Michigan (2021)

Team Fit

NYJ

DEN

BAL

A physical edge defender that rushes the passer with good aggressiveness and explosiveness. Is very good with his hands when engaging blocks. Mixes his power and finesse moves at a good rate when rushing the passer. Will set the edge and purse backs with a good amount of speed. Can be a versatile piece that can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up as an OLB.

Weaknessess

Being flexible and having a total control of his balance at the POA is his biggest flaw. Being able to have that consistent jump off the LOS when the ball is snapped is not present as well. A high running motor that covers range needs to be developed for the sake of improvement in all aspects of his game.

Big Picture

Arnold Ebiketie is a very physical and explosive edge defender that has the talent to be used in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defensive scheme. On film, he lined up with his hand in the dirt in a 2, 3, and 5 technique. However, the best of his pass rushing play did come out of standing in an outside 5 technique. This is a edge defender that knows how to use his hands to his advantage when engaging with the opposing offensive linemen. Many times, he was able to slap down an offensive tackles hands to gain an advantage around the bend of his rush. More development in balance and flexibility would go a long way in improvement for this player. Can mix his power and finesse moves well to gain good rushes on the QB. At times, he would play too tall, and linemen were able to easily push him out of the way. In the run game, he can explode into the C and B gaps and make a clean tackle on the ball carriers. A bigger motor and range would allow his play against the run to improve even more.

Player Comp

Pernell Mcphee

Athleticism:

7.5

Lateral Agility
Flexibility
Explosiveness
Playing Strength
Balance
7.75
6.75
8
7.75
7.25

Lateral quickness will flash when playing against the run. Can pop quickly into holes and tackle the RB into the backfield. Not very flexible and does play too tall at times. Needs to develop more bend when coming around the edge. Can get off balance at times which results in a poor rush. Strong play strength and offensive linemen had difficulties controlling him at times. Does have some explosiveness and it will flash when making contact with a ball carrier.

7.9

Pass Rush Ability:

First-Step Quickness
Use of Hands
Leverage
Pass Rush Moves
Finish Ability
7.5
8.25
8
8.25
7.5

Big Play Ability

Does not always have that consistent quick first step off the LOS. Does use his hands at an excellent level when rushing the passer and playing against the run. Knows how to slap the offensive lineman hands down to gain that quick edge around the corner or inside. When lined up in a standing 5 technique, he rushes the passer much more effectively than in a 3-point stance. Being able to use his leverage, power, and speed to his advantage grants him with the ability to rush the passer at a good level. Can use both speed and power moves at a very good level when finishing at the POA.

Against The Run:

7.3

Will set the edge and purse the ball carrier with good explosiveness when it is a clear run to the outside. Did over purse a few times which caused a running lane for the back to hit. Can stack and shed but at times, would get pushed backwards when forced/spun to the inside of B gaps. Does not have a large range to cover ground but has enough quickness to shoot either the B or C gaps. Will make strong and secure tackles in space or when he gets his hands on the ball carrier.

Set the Edge
Stack and Shed
Range
Gap Shooting Ability
Tackling
7.75
7
6.75
7.5
7.5

Competitiveness:

7.5

Toughness
Consistency/Motor
Disruption
8
7
7.5

A tough defender that does not shy away from making contact with whoever has the ball. Motor does need to improve, looked lackluster on certain plays. Can be a disruptive force when he trusts what he sees.

Intelligence:

7.92

Can recognize differences between run and pass plays at a good level. Will know what the situation is on the field. Is versatile and can play at the edge or head up on a guard in a 2 or 3 technique if he is asked to.

Awareness
Play Recognition
Position Versatility
7.75
7.75
8.25