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Olive Sagapolu

IDL

Wisconsin

6'2"

Height

Weight

342

Vertical
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
Bench Press
Vertical
Broad Jump
3-Cone
40-Time
10-Time-1
20-Time-2
20-Shuttle

Final Grade

6.67

2018: Right Arm Injury (Missed final 5 games)

Injury History

Games Evaluated

2018: Iowa, Michigan, 2017: Miami(Fl.)

Team Fit

CIN

DEN

Strengths 

Strong and Burly NT, who has unique athleticism to make plays laterally. Shows an ability to two-gap, and keep his LB's clean to make plays. Able to get skinny and shoot gaps to be able to stifle runners in the backfield. Is a vaunted hands fighter who will keep competing until he hears the whistle blow. As a pass rusher he can push the pocket, and collapse it onto the QB's feet, and he has a nice toolbox of pass rushing moves. Can feel how OL are going to attack him, and adjust to be able to make positive plays. Heavy hitter who willing to do the dirty work to let his teammates excel, very selfless personality.

Weaknessess

Needs a defensive coordinator to coach him hard in the art of leverage, and how to stay low off the snap, because he gets pushed off the ball too often for his build and strength. He is slightly top heavy, and could stand to continue building lower body strength to help him anchor in run defense. Simply does not possess elite first step quickness, and his value will reflect that of a two-down run stuffing NT.

Big Picture

Sagapolu was a dominant personality in Wisconsin defense, and is a selfless teammate who sacrifices his own stats for the betterment of his teammates. He will not appeal to all teams, and will be somewhat pigeonholed to being valued by teams running a two-gap system, like a 3-4 defense, or as a run stuffing 1-Tech in a 4-3.

Player Comp

Domata Peko

MIN

Athleticism:

7.02

7.25

Unique athleticism for a NT. Was a high school cheerleader, and can do a jumping toe tap, as well as being able to do a backflip from a standing position at almost 350lbs. Very good lateral agility, and fluidity for such a big bodied DL. Terrific upper body strength, and very good lower body bulk. Has shorter arms than what you would like for an IDL, but uses impressive hand strength, and usage to disengage from blocks. Able to slip past OL with surprising fluidity, and can make himself skinny when he sees daylight. Has the rare ability to win with strength or quickness. Loose hipped DL, who makes a large number of plays laterally. Does not have an explosive first step, rather he is a bull in a china shop that can bully OL. Very good short area burst and lateral agility, but does not possess great long speed. At his best making plays closer to the LOS. Tremendously balanced DL who is a smooth mover in space, does not show a lot of stiffness in his movements. Does not spend a lot of time on the ground. Adequate first step off the ball, and will initiate contact with OL. Continually hands fights or anchors against opposition until he gets a chance to make a play on the ball. Very good hands fighter, and will unleash chops, rips, and punches to try and disengage from blocks. Inconsistent with his use of leverage. Has a natural advantage being on the shorter side of DL, but losses that advantage because he has a tendency to pop upright out of his stance, which allows OL to drive he backwards. He still will find a way to hold his ground though due to his terrific upper body strength. Utilizing his hand usage, upper body strength, and fluidity he seems to be able to shed blocks at a high rate of success if that is what the play calls for, but on most plays he sacrifices his own numbers for the sake of others. Can get skinny through gaps and slip past OL trying to engage him. Lateral agility allows him to be able to flow from sideline to sideline and make plays. When he utilizes good leverage, he can be an absolute rock at the LOS for OL to try and move. He can bottle up rushing lanes, and allow his teammates to bring them down for a loss. Hustles to the ball in back side pursuit with great energy. Will maintain gap integrity if the play calls for him to set an edge. Heavy hitter due to his build, and is a sure tackler that does not allow ball carrier to elude him when he gets his hands on them.

Lateral Agility
Flexibility
Explosiveness
Play Strength
Balance
7.5
7.3
6.1

Pass Rush Ability:

6.66

7.25

7.25

Big Play Ability

First-Step Quickness
Use of Hands
Leverage
Pass Rush Moves
Finish Ability
5.9
7.3
6.4
6.5
7.2

He still will find a way to hold his ground though due to his terrific upper body strength. For a IDL, especially one who plays the majority of his reps at NT or 1T he has a good assortment of moves that include: bull rush, dip, spin, rip, and swim. Is the rare DL who will not only two gap, but disengage and put a hit on ball carrier. Doesn't let player get loose from his grasp

Against The Run:

7.1

7.25

Does not spend a lot of time on the ground. Adequate first step off the ball, and will initiate contact with OL. Continually hands fights or anchors against opposition until he gets a chance to make a play on the ball. Very good hands fighter, and will unleash chops, rips, and punches to try and disengage from blocks. Inconsistent with his use of leverage. Has a natural advantage being on the shorter side of DL, but losses that advantage because he has a tendency to pop upright out of his stance, which allows OL to drive he backwards.

Play with Leverage
Stack and Shed
Gap Integrity
Gap Shooting Ability
Tackling
6.4
7.2
7.3
7.2

Competitiveness:

6.63

7.25

Instincts

7.25

Field Vision

Decision Making

Pre-Snap Adjustment

7.25

7.25

Willing to play through pain, and loves doing the dirty work to open up opportunities for his LB corp behind him. Willing to two-gap, and fight OL with good stamina. Good stamina for a NT, and played in approximately 60-70% of total snaps on the games I viewed. Effectiveness was the same early on as it was late in game. Adequate production for a NT, but his numbers won't jump off the screen. His impact can be best weighed by the success of the LB's corps. around him, and they flourished. Inconsistent with his use of leverage.

Toughness
Consistency/Motor
Disruption
7.3
6.7

Intelligence:

7.1

7.25

Extremely intelligent DL, who recognizes blocking schemes, as well as the cadence of how a play is to develop. Will adjust his game plan on how to attack OL he is battling on a down to down basis. Played majority of his snaps as a NT or 1T, but showed that he could be relied upon in rare instances to play anywhere from 2-Tech to outside at 6-Tech. Fun loving personality that plays the ukulele, his teammates loved him, and appreciated all the dirty work he did to allow them to put up big numbers.

Awareness
Play Recognition
Position Versatility
7.2
6.7
6.93
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