Boseko Lokombo – Outside Linebacker

Lokombo is a fifth year senior and a two year starter at strong side outside linebacker. He will also line up in the middle on some downs. While only a two year starter, he has gotten significant playing time in each of the last four years. Lokombo is a bit small for an OLB. He is listed at being 6’3 – 229. While he is supposed to be weight room strong, he doesn’t carry that weight room strength over to the playing field. His best trait is his athleticism. He is a smooth athlete with body control and speed. He is listed at being a 4.7 guy but plays faster.

On tape he looks to have average instincts. He is not a quick reactor and doesn’t anticipate well. He sees and reacts rather than instinctively get to the ball. While he plays with good effort he is not what I would call a physical player. He does not show strength and power at the point and can be slow to get off blocks. While he is around the ball a lot he doesn’t make a lot of plays. His tackling ability is average. He does wrap up but you seldom see him “go thru” the ball carrier.

Lokombo does have good coverage skills. He gets walked off at times and lined up over the slot. He shows he can play some man coverage and shows awareness in zone. He gets depth with his drops and can transition. As a pass rusher, he is average at best. He doesn’t come hard and lacks moves to slip blocks and the hand use to shed.

Overall, I feel Lokombo is better suited to play in a 4-3 scheme. He doesn’t have the size and power to play in a 3-4 at the NFL level. While I don’t see him as an every down player at this time, I do see him being used as a nickel linebacker because of his cover skills. He is going to have to get stronger, develop his hand use, and become more aggressive if he wants to be an every down type player. I would only draft him late, but there will be teams that will fall in love with his athleticism and draft him higher.

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