Xavier Adibi Scouting Report

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Xavier Adibi Scouting Report

Position: OLB
Conference: ACC
School: Virginia Tech Hokies
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #11
Height & Weight: 6'2 - 236 lbs.
Drafted 4.19 in 2008 by HOU

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Xavier Adibi, OLB, Virginia Tech

Few players can match the productivity of Xavier Adibi. The linebacker led Virginia Tech with 115 tackles and 12 tackles for loss during the 2007 season and earned All-America Third-Team honors from the Associated Press. The problem for Adibi heading into the NFL is his size. At 6-2 and 236 pounds, he will have to be a weakside linebacker on Sundays. He simply does not have the size or strength to shed blockers and that will drop him down a bit on draft day. Whatever happens in the NFL, Adibi has had a heck of a collegiate career. He quickly turned into a smart player with great instincts who became a leader of the stifling Hokie defense. He used his speed to get to the quarterback and earned three sacks and seven quarterback hurries as a senior and he proved to be an effective player in coverage as well, intercepting seven passes during his Hokie career. Some NFL teams will look at Adibi's size and pick a stronger linebacker, but few players will match Adibi's speed, agility, instincts and versatility. With a mid-to-late second round pick, some team will find themselves with a quality weakside linebacker who will work hard and contribute on special teams. 2/28 Update: For a player who depends mostly on speed, Adibi's 40 time at the Combine was a little disappointing. He was by no means slow, but he was not the flat-out burner many were expecting. However, Adibi did show off his great instincts and solid coverage ability in the position drills. 4/4 Update: Xavier Adibi did improve his speed at the Pro Day, reportedly running a 4.68 and 4.62. Yet, that is not much better than his 4.69 at the Combine. The rest of Adibi's numbers got a little better as well. His athleticism and instincts might keep him in the second round, but his speed may drop him down early into the second day.

Last Updated Apr-04-2008 by Joel Welser

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