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IK Enemkpali, DE

School: Louisiana Tech  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Pflugerville, TX
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 261 lbs.
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Player Overview

With massive teammate Justin Ellis (6-2, 342) earning much of the attention at Louisiana Tech, Enemkpali (pronounced IN-em-PALL-ee) didn't receive nearly as much fanfare as his game deserved. Given that he lacks the length scouts prefer, it is entirely possible that this underrating of his talents could extend through the 2014 NFL draft, as well.

Enemkpali is the more consistent of the two former Bulldogs, however, racking up 126.5 tackles over his four starting seasons at Louisiana Tech, including 33 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. For his efforts Enemkpali was named to the First Team All-WAC squad after each of the past two seasons.

While short, Enemkpali certainly isn't small nor does he play a finesse brand of football. Considering the toughness with which he plays, in fact, some clubs could project him at linebacker or perhaps even to fullback.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Sports a broad, thick core with long arms. Good initial quickness off the snap and surprises opponents with his explosive initial punch to generate separation. Holds up better than you'd think in the running game because of his power and use of leverage.

Uses his hands well, showing a nice over-arm swim move as well as a club to keep tackles' hands off his chest. Locates the football quickly and pursues with passion, keeping his head up to avoid the trash and taking an efficient angle. Some experience as stand-up rusher, showing at least fair balance and fluidity. Good core strength and balance to sprawl to avoid cut-blocks.

WEAKNESSES: Obvious size limitations and does not possess ideal straight-line speed to project easily to other positions. Takes proper angles to the football in pursuit but is too easily out-run to the perimeter and downfield. Makes too many of his tackles yards downfield, at times taking steps back to free himself from blockers and then making the emphatic tackle... after a five-yard gain.

COMPARES TO: Eric Norwood, Carolina Panthers -- Norwood was a terrific player at South Carolina but the 6-1, 260-pounder proved at 'tweener in the NFL and was released after two seasons with the Carolina Panthers and now plays with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. Enemkpali (like Norwood) plays with the grit and physicality that every coach will appreciate but the lack of height and speed are going to be tough to overcome.

--Rob Rang

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 6/210 -- IK Enemkpali, LB, 6-1, 261, Louisiana Tech...With 12 picks, the Jets could afford to take a chance on a wild card, which is what Enemkpali appears to be. He's undersized, fairly slow (he ran a 5.01-second 40-yard dash) and had just 17.5 sacks in college. He may also get the redshirt season treatment. - The Sports Xchange


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