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Photo of Akeem Ayers
Akeem Ayers (LB)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    254 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 in.
  • College:
    UCLA
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Selected by: Tennessee Titans
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 7 (39)

Pick Analysis: The Titans fortify their defensive end rotation by selecting Ayers in the second round. He is an energetic edge rusher with first-step quickness and burst. He has the potential to blossom into a disruptive player in the Titans' new defensive scheme under Jerry Gray.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.88 sec
  • Bench Press18.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump31.0 inch
  • Broad Jump116.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.49 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.28 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle11.93 sec
Buzz

Overview

Ayers is very impressive on the hoof, and he has the speed and athleticism to make an immediate impact at the next level. He has the range and ball skills to play strong side linebacker in a 4-3, and the balance and closing burst to play outside linebacker in a 3-4. He lacks the lower body strength to be stout against the run but uses his long arms to keep blockers away from his body and flashes the ability to quickly shed. Ayers is a versatile athlete with great measurables. He projects to be selected in the middle of the first round.


Strengths

Ayers is tall with a thick muscular build. Possesses the speed to make plays from sideline-to-sideline. Very capable edge rusher that shows good bend and a closing burst. Very athletic kid that has the ball skills to make interceptions and flashes playmaking abilities. Delivers violent shots tackling and uses his length to make plays even when he is out of position.

Weaknesses

A little late reading his keys and can get caught out of position. Does not have the lower body strength to blow up blockers in run support. Lacks consistent footwork in his back pedal and allows tight ends and backs to get behind him at times. Tends to tackle a bit high.

Grade

7.8

 

Video Playlist

  1. Titans take Akeem Ayers No. 39

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 06:47 p.m.

    Former Titans DE Jevon Kearse announces UCLA LB Akeem Ayers as Tennessee's selection with the 39th overall pick.

  2. First Draft: Akeem Ayers

    Published: March 23, 2011 at 03:53 p.m.

    Get to know UCLA LB Akeem Ayers and why he can't wait to bring his talents to the NFL.

  3. 2011 combine workout: Akeem Ayers

    Published: March 14, 2011 at 08:51 p.m.

    Watch UCLA LB Akeem Ayers perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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