Ade Aruna

Tulane
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Prospect Info

College
Tulane
Hometown
Class
Akure, Nigeria
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
262 lbs
34”
Hands
10 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.31
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Minnesota
Vikings
Round 6 ‧ Pick 44
40 Yard Dash
4.6
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
38.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
128.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.53
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.48
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Aruna came to the United State from Nigeria to attend high school and play basketball. A coach at La Lumiere High School in Indiana saw Aruna's build and convinced him to play football in his senior season. He received a three-star rating despite only playing one season of football, and Tulane signed him to a scholarship offer. Aruna redshirted in 2013 and played in eight games the following year, making seven tackles with one sack. He gained enough experience in those seasons to start 11 of 12 games as a sophomore, totaling 32 stops, five for loss, three sacks, and two pass breakups. Aruna had his best year in 2016, starting all 12 games, posting 43 tackles, 10 for loss and five sacks. He could only manage 25 tackles and three sacks in 11 starts (12 games played) in 2017.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
Aruna's height, weight, length and athleticism are almost sure to get him targeted by teams looking to mine a diamond from his traits. He appears to be a ways away from becoming a factor on the pro level, but he did show interesting flashes as a 3-4 end this season. Aruna flashes as a rusher, but may not have the ability to get after the quarterback as often as teams would like from a traits-based prospect. Aruna is a developmental prospect, but after putting together a huge combine, he will be drafted early than where the tape would dictate.
Strengths
  • Has ideal length with a frame that continues to get bigger and stronger
  • What you see is not what you get in the future
  • Traits guy with good wingspan and massive hands
  • Unfurls long arms into blockers with adequate timing
  • Displayed improved strength at point of attack
  • Shows potential as edge-setter
  • Can punch and extend to create space
  • Experienced playing as an end in both 4-3 and 3-4
  • Long strides close down alleys for running backs and scrambling quarterbacks
  • Flashed some edge bend in 2016
Weaknesses
  • Blockers get too many leverage wins
  • Needs to improve pad level and hit those leg days to improve contact balance
  • Gets knocked off his spot by power and struggles to keep pad level square
  • Despite lateral quickness, gets beat across his face
  • Base gets too narrow as rusher
  • Speed to power conversion is inconsistent
  • Hands not yet skilled enough to overcome issues with play strength
  • Pass rush ends abruptly once his frame is snatched up
  • Lacks rush plan and workable counters at this point

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league