Three-year starter named Honorable Mention All-ACC in 2016 after making 36 tackles (10 for loss) with 7.5 sacks. Posted 39 tackles (9.5 for loss) and 4.5 sacks as a junior in 2015. Led Virginia with 9.5 sacks in 2014, adding 53 tackles and 14.5 for loss.
Hard-working college pass rusher with limited size and speed. Breaks down well, blocks with proper pad level and gives effort. Fast off the edge, quickly changes direction and is effective in lateral pursuit. Rarely off his feet, gives effort and stays with the play.
Can be a liability against the run and get driven off the ball by blocks. Average instincts and slow locating the ball.
Ekanem made a good number of plays behind the line of scrimmage the past three seasons and could be used as a designated pass rusher on Sundays if he plays well on special teams.