YaYa Diaby
YaYa Diaby  DL  Louisville | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
YaYa Diaby
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Atlanta, GA
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YaYa Diaby DL/EDGE Louisville | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

YaYa Diaby DL/EDGE Louisville
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #330 Position Rank: #57 (DL)
40 time: 4.80 seconds
Height: 6-4 Weight: 270
Hands: 10 1/2 Arms: 33 5/8 Span: 81
Date of Birth: 05/30/1999 Age: 23.6
Overall Rating: 76.1 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA Position rank: #57
College Games: 33 College Snaps: 1126
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (77/100)
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (87/100 )
Draft Profile: Bio
YaYa Diaby from Georgia Military College High School was rated a 3 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Diaby opted to join Louisville.

In 2020 as a freshman Diaby saw action in 8 games and played on a total of 245 snaps for the Cardinals. He recorded 13 tackles, 3 assists, while adding 10 stops. As a pass rusher, he added 14 total pressures, which included 14 QB hurries, no QB hits, and no sacks on the season.

As a sophomore for the Cardinals in 2021 Diaby played in 13 games and took part on 429 snaps for the Cardinals. He recorded 30 tackles, 8 assists, while adding 25 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 22 total pressures, and 18 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and 2 sacks during the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Diaby is a high-motor pass rusher who shows a good feel for countering, and Diaby has the functional strength to bounce off tackles and close on the quarterback with second effort.
  • Made Bruce Feldman's Freak's List - ranked #85. He wrote, "Diaby has emerged as a solid player, making 39 tackles and three TFLs in 2021. The 6-5, 280-pound senior with the 8-1 wingspan can really move for a big man, topping out at 20.8 mph on the GPS. His vertical jump is in the mid-30s and he broad-jumps 9-11. His bench press also is up to 385 pounds."
  • Plays with exceptional balance and body control, showing off a nasty spin move to counter his speed, with the natural instincts to know when to use it.
  • Diaby explodes off the line with a quick first step, with agile feet to counter inside and closing burst to finish plays.
  • Delivers a strong punch and uses his hands to shed blocks to make plays in the hole or outside the box. Uses lower-body strength to anchor inside.
  • Combines excellent power with initial quickness, but one of his best attributes are his violent hands, which he uses with impressive precision.
  • His long limbs and strong core strength allow him to power through blockers, and he has the flexibility to loop inside and get home on twists.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Never out of a play, but can get out of control and work himself away from the action.
  • He’s heavy-footed and lacks any kind of dynamic athleticism in his lower body.
  • Diaby lacks the speed and range to consistently chase down plays in pursuit.
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