Born in the Congo, moved to Montreal in 1996 and grew up in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Is a Canadian citizen. Redshirted in 2009. Was a reserve/special-teams player his first two seasons. In 2010, recorded 36 tackles, two tackles for loss and no sacks with three pass breakups and a fumble recovery touchdown in 13 games. In 2011, had 33 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks with three pass breakups, two interception touchdowns and a forced fumble in 14 games. Started all 13 games at strongside linebacker in 2012, producing 39 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks with four pass breakups, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Started 11 of 13 games at strongside linebacker in 2013, posting 63 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks with a pass breakup, an interception and a forced fumble. Was benched against Washington State and UCLA in favor of sophomore Tyson Coleman. Did not bench press or do the vertical jump at the combine because of a torn left labrum (medical exclusion). Was drafted by the BC Lions in the third round of the 2013 CFL draft after he was rated the No. 1 overall prospect, according to the CFL Scouting Bureau. Did not participate at pro day while still recovering from left shoulder surgery.
Flexible, loose-hipped athlete with fluid movement skills. Good closing speed. Is agile and athletic enough to match up with tight ends, backs and even some slot receivers. Can buzz the flat and deter throws with closing speed. Shows good zone awareness moving forward and will deliver some jarring hits to intimidate crossers. Solid press-cover skills. Times the blitz well. Has all the athletic tools to become a solid special-teams contributor.
Just a two-year starter and instincts are still developing -- does not trigger quickly to what he sees and could take some time to assimilate a complex playbook. Lacks throwback linebacker toughness and functional playing strength. Often gets locked down once blockers get their hands on him. Can do a better job shedding blocks. Plays a bit recklessly and could do a better job wrapping up as a tackler. Was not an impactful special-teams performer.
Round 7-Priority free agent
A run-and-chase, strong-side linebacker with speed that could easily be utilized on the weak side or allow him to develop as a nickel-cover linebacker. Does not possess ideal toughness or instincts for special teams. Canadian-born prospect could be most highly coveted by the CFL.