Emmanuel Acho vs Oklahoma (via JMPasq)
2011, Sam Acho was in the NFL Draft. At the time, I would have loved the Browns to pick him up in the middle rounds. I knew he would be good, and he has. He is now a part of the Arizona Cardinals, and doing a good job. 2012, his brother, Emmanuel Acho, is now in the draft. He has the same mid-round tag, a 4th or 5th rounder. But I think he could do more for the Browns.
The video is of his game against Oklahoma. From the video, i noticed he has a nose for the the football and seems to be near it in every play no matter where it goes.
40 Yard Dash: 4.73 seconds
Bench Press: 24 reps (225 lb)
Vertical Leap: 35.5 inches
Broad Jump: 118 inches
33" Arm Length
Note: SR season, Texas switched from 3-4 to 4-3, so last season he played Will linebacker.
Strengths and weakness according to NFL.com:
Acho is an instinctual inside linebacker who usually takes a good first step toward the ball off the snap. He is good to meet running backs inside and fill a gap, if not two, to make a play and get the ball carrier to the ground. Acho is good when having to sift through blockers outside, and is a better tackler from the inside/out in pursuit than he is meeting at the point. He understands how to time blitzes and work against offensive lineman to get pressure on the quarterback.
Acho can get dominated by bigger offensive lineman and struggles to disengage at times. He is a decent athlete who can look awkward when pursuing long or dropping in his pass set at times. He is a bit undersized and can't maul tight ends at the line to get them off route, and struggles in coverage when having to run with them. Other than on special teams, won't be a very reliable inside presence early on.
Why the Browns Should take Him:
We need depth at the linebacker position. We have MLB set with D'Qwell Jackson. Fujita is getting older and losing his steps, but his veteran presence is much needed with this young defense. We just signed Gocong for a couple more years. He is a big OLB, and seems to be taking over Fujita's position.
Why the Browns Shouldn't take him:
There are better linebackers then him. Zach Brown, Lavonte David, Bruce Irvin, and his teammate Keenen Robinson to name a few. We could get a OLB that could start from day one in earlier rounds. He is also undersized, which could be a problem with bigger NFL lineman, TE, and faster RB's. His pass coverage isn't the greatest, and with his average speed, he wouldn't be able to stay on a quick slot receiver.
What I Think:
We should take him for multiple reasons. Reason one: His brother had the same rating as he did, and he performed well in the NFL. This doesn't mean he will be good, but 4th or 5th round pick on him wouldn't be such a waste this season with how many picks we got. Reason two: He steadily improve every season. This I believe is one of the most important thing his stats show. Reason three: He is consistent. What much else would you ask a 4th round OLB that was drafted for depth? If he can go into a game as a sub or if someone gets injured, we have somebody that can step in. Even if we draft a OLB high, I think our team still needs depth, and he would provide it.