Draft Profile: BioEmil Ekiyor Jr. from Cathedral High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Ekiyor Jr. opted to join Alabama.
In 2018 as a freshman Ekiyor Jr. saw action in just 2 games and played a total of 9 snaps for the Crimson Tide. He allowed no QB hurries, no QB hits, and no sacks while playing sparingly.
As a sophomore in 2019 he played in 8 games and a total of 134 snaps. He conceded just one QB hurry, one QB hit, and no sacks while playing most of his snaps at left guard.
In 2020 as a junior Ekiyor Jr. saw action in 13 games and totaled 885 snaps. He gave up an impressive 8 QB hurries, 4 QB hits, and 2 sacks while playing at right guard.
In 2021 as a senior Ekiyor Jr. saw action in 15 games and played a total of 1010 snaps for the Crimson Tide. He allowed a disappointing 18 QB hurries, 5 QB hits, and no sacks while playing at right guard.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Has average height with a narrow base out of his stance. Needs to get stronger in his lower half to anchor at the point of attack.
- Outstanding on reach blocks, showing good initial quickness and flexibility to seal the backside. He’s a heady player who is quick to recognize and react to twists and stunts up front, and Ekiyor shows a good sense of timing on combo blocks.
- Consistently keeps his feet sliding while maintaining power when dealing with speed, often sending speed rushers flying past the pocket
- Above-average football smarts and general intelligence. Plays with a nasty streak. Solid character and work ethic.
- When his hand placement is right, he has the strong grip that allows him to manhandle opponents. Ekiyor plays with a mean streak and keeps the nastiness going through the whistle.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Is a little too much of a waist bender, and Ekiyor doesn’t play with ideal power and functional strength. Most concerning - he often gets caught dropping his head, a bad habit that will have to be corrected.
- Loses stamina and often fails to finish blocks on the second level
- His kick slide is inconsistent, and he’ll often set too high; he’ll get pushed around by speed-to-power guys in the NFL.
- Not physically imposing and has average overall strength. Upper body gets over his feet too often and he easily loses his balance.
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