Emmanuel Acho to Browns: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis
University of Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho led the Longhorns in tackles in 2011 and, over his four-year career in Austin, recorded 278 tackles (159 solo), 41 TFL, eight sacks, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two INTs and 26 pressures. As a senior, he was voted an All-Big 12 selection.
NFL.com notes that Acho is an instinctual player, but that his lack of size limits him in the pass rush and when covering tight ends. His 6'2", 237-pound frame would make you think that he would be a speedy LB, but his 4.85 time in the 40 shows that he is pretty average in the speed department.
ProFootballWeekly's draft issue says that Acho is a stiff player, but that he does have NFL pedigree (as the brother of Cardinals LB Sam Acho) and plays hard. PFW says that he could come into the NFL and fight for a backup role, but as NFL.com suggests, Acho will probably only contribute on special teams to begin his career.
The Cleveland Browns need help, well, everywhere considering they toil in the AFC North and see the likes of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens on a regular basis. So grabbing a talented linebacker with an NFL pedigree makes sense and that's just what they found in Acho. Average speed and smallish size explains why the All-Big 12 selection from Texas slipped so far down the board.
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