Akeem Ayers Scouting Report

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Akeem Ayers Scouting Report

Position: OLB
Conference: Pac12
School: UCLA Bruins
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #10
Height & Weight: 6'4 - 255 lbs.
Drafted 2.7 in 2011 by TEN

2011 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.80
Bench press18
Vertical jump31.0
Broad jump9'8
Three-cone drill7.49
20-yard shuttle4.28
60-yard shuttle11.93

2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

After redshirting in 2007 and seeing limited playing time in 2008, Akeem Ayers emerged as a superb linebacker at UCLA in 2009. The strongside linebacker scored three touchdowns…two on interception returns and one on a fumble return. He totaled 14.5 tackles-for-loss and 6.0 sacks. The most impressive thing about Ayers' sophomore season was how much he improved throughout the year. Most of his production was toward the end of the season.

Ayers needed to build off of his late season success in 2009 because he was the only returning starter in the front seven heading into the 2010 campaign. Not surprisingly Ayers has had to do a lot for the Bruins' defense this season. Through seven games he has 41 tackles and 3.0 sacks. He also leads the team with 7.0 tackles-for-loss and two interceptions. On such a young defense, Ayers has held things together for the most part and deserves a ton of credit for holding the relatively explosive offenses of Houston and Texas to 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Ayers is big and fast and smart. He can line up at an end spot just to mix things up or attack the quarterback from his usual outside linebacker position. With his speed and instincts, Ayers is even versatile enough to play in the middle of the linebacker corps. If he does leave UCLA a year early, he should be a top 15 pick.

3/15 Update: Ayers' stock started dropping pretty fast after his performance at the NFL combine. He did not perform poorly, but his disappointing 40 time raised big questions about whether he has the speed to be a speed rusher at the outside linebacker spot in a 3-4 scheme. Most now tend to think he is better off inside. He could still be a pass rusher or even a fine inside linebacker, but his value to some teams has dissipated.

Last Updated Mar-15-2011 by Joel Welser

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