Ade Aruna NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Minnesota Vikings' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Tulane defensive lineman Ade Aruna runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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POSITIVES

—Posted an eye-opening combine with a 4.6 in the 40, 38 ½" vertical jump, and a 10'8" broad.

—Long, athletic frame at 6'5", 262 pounds with 34" arms.

—Raw potential to be developed into a pass-rusher or 3-4 end thanks to his length and burst.

—Uses length well to create space and has the power to toss aside blockers or anchor.

—Scheme and position versatilility having played in both a 40 and 30 front.

          

NEGATIVES

—Only posted three sacks in 2017 with his career best (five sacks) coming in 2016.

—Very raw prospect in terms of technique and instincts. Needs to be completely built from the ground up.

—Doesn't show great aggression at the point of attack and can be timid.

—Won with size and speed at a low level of competition.

—Boom-or-bust player who may never develop.

       

OVERALL

Defensive coordinators looking for a Day 3 project to take on should consider Ade Aruna. He's big, athletic and has splash plays that wow you but does need at least a year to work on his technique and football IQ.

       

GRADE: 5.80 (Round 4)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: William Gholston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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