Etienne Sabino: 5 Things You Need to Know About Former Ohio State OLB
Etienne Sabino was the prized recruit of Ohio State's recruiting class in 2008, but he never materialized into the impact linebacker the Buckeyes hoped they were getting.
The 6'2'', 247-pound defender played sparingly during his career; however, he does possesses athleticism and projects to the outside linebacker spot in the NFL.
Here are five things you need to know about him.
Full Name: Etienne Sabino
Hometown: Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
High School: M. M. Krop High School
Major: Family Resource Management
Sabino played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was ranked the No. 1 inside linebacker by Rivals.com coming out of high school in 2008. He enrolled at Ohio State in March of that year. He was one of the prospects Florida schools hate to lose, but the Buckeyes have that affect on players.
2011: 62 tackles and two sacks
2012: 45 tackles and two sacks
He backed up James Laurinaitis in 2008, and during that season, he returned a punt for a touchdown in a 16-3 win over Purdue, his only score as a Buckeye.
In 2010, he took a healthy redshirt when he lost his starting linebacker job so he could retain an extra year of eligibility.
Weight: 247 lbs.
Arm Length: 33''
Hand Size: 9.625''
40-yard dash: 4.75
Broad jump: 114''
Bench: 24 reps
Pro Day Results
Vertical jump: 34''
20-yard shuttle: 4.28
Things didn't go terribly for Sabino's workout, but he wasn't great either. Here's a tweet from Jeff Svoboda of OhioState.Scout.com in regards to Sabino's pro day workout:
Etienne Sabino has been hampered by a tweak in his hamstring, which is why he didn't run today, but thought his drills were OK— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) March 8, 2013
In high school, Sabino was a district champion throwing the discus (h/t OhioStateBuckeyes.com).
He was a co-captain as a senior for the Buckeyes.
What NFL.com wrote about Sabino's strengths as a prospect:
Well-built, athletic linebacker who plays on the strong side and in the middle. Fights through blocks in the hole, and is capable of using violent hands to shed and grab running backs. Brings a powerful punch to pulling guards and fullbacks in the run game, and is tough to keep out of the backfield on A-gap blitzes.
And his weaknesses:
Lateral movement might be an issue if playing outside; he might not stay on the field in nickel situations unless he proves the short-area quickness to do so at the next level. Plays with a high pad level, failing to break down in the hole against quicker ballcarriers.