Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Joel Iyiegbuniwe

Inside LineBacker
School: Western Kentucky | Conference: C-USA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1.5 / 229 | 40: 4.60 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.45
Projected Round
5th
Bio: 
Two-year starter who earned First Team All-Conference USA honors and led Western Kentucky with 117 tackles, 11.5 for tackles for loss and three forced fumbles while adding two sacks as a senior. Named Honorable Mention All-Conference USA and posted 64 tackles (10 for loss), 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2016. Made 19 tackles with one sack as a sophomore.
Pos: 
Smallish but explosive pursuit linebacker who covers a lot of area on the field. Plays with proper pad level, displays good change of direction and uses his hands to protect himself. Moves laterally with speed, displays outstanding range and remains disciplined with assignments. Plays with a nasty attitude, attacks ball carriers and does not bite on play-action passes. Fires to the action with an explosive closing burst.
Neg: 
Better making plays up the field and in the box rather than in reverse. Needs to improve his play against the pass. Small and easily handled at the point by a single blocker.
Analysis: 
Iyiegbuniwe displayed tremendous progress the past two seasons and is an undersized run-and-chase linebacker who must play in a system which protects him.