Takes too wide of an angle off the snap and consistently allows his pad level to get too high and fails to generate much power on contact. Now, he does use his long arms to fight his way off blocks and can eventually disengage and create a slight surge for himself on the outside. However, he isn't a real quick-twitch athlete once he gains a step and seems to rely more so on his grace and finesse than overall grit as a pass rusher.
Exhibits the body control and length to make his way down the line and fend off blocks in the run game, but isn't real stout at the point of attack when run at. Can be handled at times by the tight end and is routinely sealed from the football.
Impression: I know he's a highly rated prospect, but I just think he's very "blah" as a pass rusher and isn't a guy who I would want setting the edge for me in the run game. Looks more like a reserve defensive lineman to me at this stage."
Run Defense: Often takes on double-team blocks while lined up in the five-technique position. Acho plays with fair strength at the point of attack and frees linebackers to make plays behind him. Assignment-sure player, keeping containment on his side of the line when set up outside either tackle. Keeps his eyes in the backfield when engaged. Can punch and shed the block to get outside when not doubled. Could disengage more regularly when inside and often watches backs run through the hole. Nice hustle in space, will chase down mobile quarterbacks from behind. Plays with good anchor for his size but lacks the bulk to play five-technique at the next level.
Explosion: Not exceptional but has a good combination of strength and explosiveness off the snap. Does not turn the corner on better offensive tackles, but can get into the pocket to pressure the quarterback if left unchecked. Strong upper body and length give him a good punch on initial contact for bull rushes and when making plays against the run. Does not project to be elite rushing the passer, which limits his upside.
Strength: Has the strength to play at the next level, but more consistent hands would increase his value. Can stack the tackle on the edge and hold his ground against the run using leverage.
Tackling: Not an explosive tackler but gives great effort to bring down ballcarriers by any means necessary. Uses hustle and length to chase down plays to the sideline and downfield. Only adequate change-of-direction in the backfield -- will be frozen and eluded by NFL-caliber backs as he fails to break down. Willing to be the second or third man into the pile.
Intangibles: Intelligent, hard-working player who puts in the time in the weight and film rooms. Texas representative at the 2009 NCAA Leadership Conference. Received multiple national Academic All-American awards. Brother Emmanuel is a junior linebacker for the Longhorns. Parents born in Nigeria. His middle name, Onyedikachi, means "who is like unto God"."
Positive: Hardworking and relatively athletic defensive lineman who plays hard. Breaks down well, plays with good lean, and works his hands throughout the action. Fluid changing direction, keeps his feet driving on contact, and moves relatively well. Fires off the snap with a good first step, quickly penetrates the gaps, and makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. Smooth getting out to the sidelines and rarely knocked off his feet.
Negative: Out-positioned by opponents and easily blocked at the point of attack. Gets overmatched by offensive tackles. Lacks great speed off the edge.
Analysis: Acho has been a solid contributor the past two seasons for Texas and plays an intelligent brand of football. He offers potential at the next level at defensive end in a four-man alignment or standing up over tackle in a 3-4 system. He does not have great upside but has a lot of skills that translate well to the next level."
Negatives: Not overly quick on the edge... Not very explosive... Can be run at... Does not set the edge well... Lacks good strength at POA... Can be washed past the pocket if he comes in too aggressive... Is somewhat limited in space... Similar frame to Brian Orakpo and Sergio Kindle, is an undersized defensive end, a bit of a tweener, could shed some weight and be a blitzing linebacker in a 3-4, but lacks the explosiveness to be a premier pass rusher... Still harnessing his tools... Mean streak is still developing... Did not play much his first two seasons."
Strengths: Explosive, athletic player with a nice burst off the ball. Penetrates and disrupts blocking schemes. Active and is always around the ball. Strong for his size and can dig in and take on blockers. Versatile; lines up at DE and DT on passing downs, and should have the skills to play some LB at the next level. Smart with stellar character, and works extremely hard both on and off the field.
Weaknesses: Needs to use his hands better. Gets wired to blocks and doesn't shed. Holds the point but gets turned by OLs and can be run at. Lacks agility turning the corner and is not an elite outside rusher. Not big for a DE and not experienced as a LB.
Projection: Mid-round pick as a 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB. Won't be a star but will work very hard and make a roster. Situational or complementary player at the next level."
Texas has certainly had their highs and lows this year, but Acho is a pretty steady force on the line. At 6-3 and 260 pounds he can out-muscle most of the competition in college. That will not be so easy in the NFL. Acho could shed a few pounds and be a good blitzing linebacker in a 3-4 defense or continue to polish his rush moves and play the end in a 4-3 scheme. That versatility will make him an attractive player to every team out there and every team in the NFL could always use more pass rushers. Acho is not the best out there, but he is not far behind the bigger name ends and he should be a second round selection right now."
Looks like a Top 3 Rounder, very possibly going in the 2nd!!
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