A transfer from Temple, Arnold Ebiketie offers speed and athleticism to the pass rush ability. In his single year at Penn State, Ebiketie has been a wrecking ball in the Big Ten, creating an impact in almost every game he has played in. Ebiketie showed promise while at Temple but didn’t ever quite break out.
Ebiketie played mostly upright in a three-man front for Penn State this year but projects well into both a 4-3 defensive end and a 3-4 outside linebacker. He can contribute immediately as a passing down pass rusher while letting his run defense develop in practice. I think that he would best fit, at this point, into a four-man front. He has rare pass-rushing tools that not many teams will be willing to pass up.
EDGE – #17 Penn State
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Albert Einstein (Silver Spring, MD)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8025)
Phil Steele: PS#343
Arnold Ebiketie Scouting Report
Excellent athlete. His speed rush is so effective. Strong lateral ability. Has a great little cutback from his outside rush to work back into the pocket that is very difficult for the blocker to pick up. Has excellent control of his body. Very impressed with his ability. Excellent little jump cut that he uses during his speed rush to get the leverage he wants.
Has an excellent first step. Great burst. Good explosion. Very strong upper body. Uses his long arm extremely well. Has some pure brute strength to move blockers where he wants them to go on the field. Condenses the pocket well with his pure power. Incredible balance. Incredible bend. Get’s low and keeps his engagement with the blocker minimal. The low bend is reminiscent of Josh Uche.
Uses his hands well as an additional tool to help him win reps. Excellent hand strength. Good wrap-up tackler. Works well off of blocks. Plays against the run very well. Drives through the ball carrier into the ground. Inconsistent run defender. Excellent range and motor. Doesn’t stop playing until the whistle.
What we want to see from Arnold Ebiketie in Mobile
- Can Ebiketie play in pass coverage? If he can, we’ll be talking about his fit into a 3-4 system more than a 4-3. We want to see how well he matches up against the running backs and tight ends at the all-star game.
- How well can Ebiketie transition from speed to power? We should get a very good answer from him in the 1v1’s at the Senior Bowl.
Pre-Senior Bowl Projections
Explosive pass rushers are all desired in the NFL, where the quarterback position is king. If that is true, then the pass rushers are the ministers of the defense. Ebiketie is a good one, showing explosion, athleticism, and a very strong bend around the perimeter. At this point, we project Ebiketie going sometime in the second/third-round range because of his lack of support in run defense. That will most likely make Ebiketie a situational pass rusher, but still able to contribute on the field immediately.