Drafted: ROUND: 5 - Pick Number: 168 (ARI)
Draft Profile: BioOwen Pappoe from Grayson High School was rated a 5 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Pappoe opted to join Auburn.
In 2019 as a freshman Pappoe saw action in 13 games and played on a total of 505 snaps for the Tigers. He recorded 34 tackles, 11 assists, while adding 18 stops. In coverage Pappoe notched up one pass break up, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 88.4. As a pass rusher, he added 10 total pressures, which included 6 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and 2 sacks on the season.
As a sophomore for the Tigers in 2020 Pappoe played in 11 games and took part on 713 snaps for the Tigers. He recorded 62 tackles, 16 assists, while adding 32 stops. In coverage Pappoe made no pass break ups, one interception, and a QB rating when targetted of 79.3. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 16 total pressures, and 10 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and 3 sacks during the year.
In 2021 as a junior Pappoe played in 5 games and contributed on 212 snaps. He recorded 20 tackles, 5 assists, while making 7 stops. In coverage Pappoe chalked up no pass break ups, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 117.9. As a pass rusher, he produced 4 total pressures, which included 4 QB hurries, no QB hits, and no sacks on the year.
In 2022 as a senior Pappoe logged playing time in 12 games and logged a total of 806 snaps for the Tigers. He also added decent 75 tackles, 19 assists, and 25 stops. While in coverage Pappoe made 3 pass breakups, one interception, and a solid QB rating when targetted of 77.0. As a pass rusher, he tallied 8 total pressures, which included 2 QB hurries, 4 QB hits, and 2 sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Auburn's Owen Pappoe (6'1/209), who calls himself 'the Freak' is a five-star talent who has been compared to Alabama LB Dylan Moses. ESPN's Tom Luginbill said the two have "physical traits you can't coach" and that was on display at a recruiting event in 2018 when Pappoe put up a 40-inch vertical and ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash he is reportedly even quicker now.
- A natural leader - has been the head of the Auburn defense for two years
- Elite athletic skills -- Made Bruce Feldman's 'Freaks List' at number 8. He wrote: "He’s made 165 tackles and six sacks in his career for the Tigers, and he’s determined to bounce back from missing part of last season and the spring with a leg injury. Folks inside the Auburn program say he is aptly nicknamed “The Freak.” The 6-1, 225-pounder bench-presses 435 pound and has been clocked in the 40 at 4.32."
- Equally good against the run and the pass
- Closes quickly on relatively immobile quarterbacks. A consistently heavy hitter who flashes explosiveness and the ability to separate the ball.
- Keeps feet moving after initial contact. Jumps inside as a counter to typical rush, but needs to show a larger variety of moves.
- Pappoe reads the offensive line well and attacks blocking schemes - has a natural feel for the game.
- Twitchy athlete who translates the testing explosion onto the field. Uses his outstanding closing speed to disrupt opposing offenses both as a blitzer and striker in space.
- Shows toughness to get under the pads of tackles to bull them, club them upfield to get the inside lane, or fight through blocks for the secondary rush when the passer steps up.
- A very smart player who understands the nuances of the game - and is instinctive in coverage
- Can attack the edge with speed and has the flexibility to dip low and under the tackle's reach.
- Quick hands prevent blockers from getting their hands into his frame.
- Greet feel in coverage. Often arrives at the receiver at the same time as the ball, giving up few yards after the catch. Possesses straight-line speed to stay with or chase down receivers in man.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- For all his natural talent and game skills he has never performed to the level we would have expected .- we have never graded him better than good in any single season
- Only 6'1" and 226lbs which makes him undersized for the position
- Lacks the strength to blow up fullbacks and bulk/length to prevent getting engulfed by better linemen at the second level.
- Pappoe can struggle to get off blocks, and he doesn’t have the raw strength to move bigger tackles.
- To often bites on play-action fakes. Must improve this area of the game in the NFL
Scouting Report: SummaryPappoe may not be the biggest or strongest linebacker prospect in the SEC, but he does flash the kind of elite playmaking ability with crazy speed and range that NFL teams love. He, however, needs to play up to his athletic traits which thus far he has fallen a little short of doing so.
Pappoe has great potential if he can hone his skills and is positioned in a scheme that takes full advantage of his talents.
We expect Pappoe to be selected in the second/third round in the 2023 NFL Draft and develop into a playmaker at the next level.
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