Eku Leota
Eku Leota  LB  Auburn | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Eku Leota
Height
6-4
Weight
257
College
Auburn
Position
LB/EDGE
Class
Senior
Home town
Asheville, NC
70.0/100
Player Rating
45
PositionRank (LB)
4.84
FortyYD Time
Sacks
2
Fumbles Forced
Tackles
17
Sol tackles
13

Eku Leota LB/EDGE Auburn | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Eku Leota LB/EDGE Auburn
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Draft Year: 2023
40 time: 4.84 seconds (17%*)
Overall Rank: #367 Position Rank: #45 (LB)
Height: 6-4 (95%*)
Weight: 257 (96%*)
Weight: 257 (96%*)
Hands: 9 1/2 (39%*)
Arm: 34 1/2 (98%*)
Arm: 34 1/2 (98%*)
Span: 80 3/4 (93%*)
Span: 80 3/4 (93%*)
Bowl Invite: Senior Bowl
*Percentile caluculated on how any given stat would rank at the NFL combine historically in the player's position group (Higher value represents better perfomance).
Draft Year: 2023
40 time: 4.84 seconds (17%*)
Overall Rank: #367 Position Rank: #45 (LB)
Height: 6-4 (95%*) Weight: 257 (96%*)
Hands: 9 1/2 (39%*) Arm: 34 1/2 (98%*)
Span: 80 3/4 (93%*)
Bowl Invite: Senior Bowl
*Percentile caluculated on how any given stat would rank at the NFL combine historically in the player's position group (Higher value represents better perfomance).
Overall Rating: 70.0 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
Tackling:
84%
Pass Rush:
81%
Run Defense:
72%
Coverage:
74%
DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA Position rank: #45
College Games: 37 College Snaps: 1266
Grade: 247 Sports 3  Stars 247 Sports 87 Stars 247 RATING: 87/100
Draft Profile: Bio
Eku Leota from Asheville High School was rated a -star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Leota joined Northwestern.

In 2018 as a freshman Leota saw action in just one game and played a total of 5 snaps for the Wildcats. He recorded no tackles, no assists, while adding no stops.

As a sophomore for the Wildcats in 2019 Leota played in 10 games and took part in 242 snaps for the Wildcats. He recorded only 8 tackles, 4 assists, while adding 11 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 16 total pressures, and 7 QB hurries, 5 QB hits, and a decent 4 sacks during the year.

In 2020 as a junior Leota played in 8 games and contributed on 274 snaps. He recorded only 7 tackles, 2 assists while making 10 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 24 total pressures, which included 15 QB hurries, 5 QB hits, and a decent 4 sacks on the year.

After season's end Leota transferred to Auburn where as a senior for the Tigers in 2021 Leota played 13 games and took part in 501 snaps for the Tigers. He also added 16 tackles, 3 assists, and 20 stops. As a pass rusher, he tallied 34 total pressures, which included 19 QB hurries, 6 QB hits, and an impressive 9 sacks on the season.

In 2022 as a fifth year senior Leota logged playing time in 5 games and logged a total of 244 snaps for the Tigers. He also added 12 tackles, 4 assists, and 15 stops. As a pass rusher, he tallied 18 total pressures, which included 10 QB hurries, 4 QB hits, and a decent 4 sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Leota has an excellent motor and shows the stamina to last deep into the fourth quarter.
  • As a pass rusher, Leota shows quickness off the line and has the fluid athleticism and flexibility to bend the edge.
  • Faces double-team and holds the line. Stays alive against the run and mobile quarterbacks, shedding to either side to chase.
  • Flashes strength at the point of attack with active, violent hand use. Forceful with his upper body to defeat blocks. Strong hustle player.
  • Leota has ideal length as an edge rusher, with room to add more weight onto his frame.
  • He’s effective as an edge setter, showing the ability to drop anchor and ward off blocks.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Leota also shows some stiffness when trying to bend the edge, often getting pushed past the pocket — Leota seems more comfortable countering back inside.
  • Doesn't change direction easily. Can be late off the snap.
  • Leota doesn’t move well laterally and doesn’t have a lot of range when it comes to pursuing on the backside.

Eku Leota percentiles vs other Linebacker's (NFL Combine historically - higher value represents better perfomance)

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How other scouting services rate Eku Leota (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
251.4
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
41.0