Sione Takitaki

Brigham Young

Prospect Info

College
Brigham Young
Hometown
Class
CA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
238 lbs
32”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.18
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cleveland
Browns
Round 3 ‧ Pick 17
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.63u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
24
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
125.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.21
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.28
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.98
Seconds
 

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Takitaki had a tough go early in his career at BYU. He was briefly kicked off the team after being involved in a dorm fight before his freshman year. However, his teammates voted him back onto the team, so he played in 11 games as a reserve (19 tackles, four for loss, three sacks) though he was suspended again later for one game after skipping a practice. Takitaki was suspended again to start his sophomore campaign after he allegedly stole property while working as a campus custodian. He reached a plea deal in the case, but was suspended for the second half of that season for violating team rules (he had 21 tackles, seven for loss, 3.5 sacks in six games). Takitaki was married in 2016, spending that year away from football to get his academics (and life) in order. He finished his career with the Cougars on a high note, though. He started 12 of 13 games in 2017, mostly at defensive end (79 tackles, 12.5 for loss, five sacks). Takitaki then was named a team captain for his senior season, starting all 13 games at linebacker and leading the Cougars with 118 tackles (nine for loss, three sacks) -- including 19 against Western Michigan in the team's bowl game. Takitaki was an All-CIF Southern Division pick and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Heritage High.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7-Priority free agent
Overview
From wild and immature to a married man and team captain, Takitaki's career at BYU has been filled with several downs and one, big upswing that started in 2017 after he sat out 2016 to "get his head right." He covers up for a lack of speed and instincts with a hard-charging style that leads to feast or famine tape at times. He has deficiencies that muddy his fit at all three linebacker spots, but his playing style is tailor-made for special teams which could be his ticket into a backup linebacker spot at the back-end of a roster.
Strengths
  • Matured from self-described "knucklehead" to team captain
  • Averaged almost 100 tackles, four sacks and 11.5 TFLs since 2017
  • Plays every play like it could be his last
  • Pursuit bursts with energy
  • Usually plays with a proactive demeanor vs
  • run
  • Leveled up as block-slipper this season
  • Once he hits the gas, he's all in
  • Plays faster than timed speed
  • Short-area burst rushes him into place
  • Good reaction quickness to tackle from zone
  • Ready-made demeanor for special teams
Weaknesses
  • Erratic tackler in space
  • Juke steps can "break his ankles." Full-tilt style leads to over pursuit and excessive missed tackles
  • Hit-or-miss angles in pursuit
  • Lacks desired top-end speed to play WILL
  • Gets overly-involved at point of attack
  • Needs better play strength to punch and separate to the edge
  • Slides under blocks and out of plays
  • Gets trapped inside by bigger tight ends and loses contain
  • Slow to process from middle linebacker
  • Maturity issues cost him three suspensions and to miss 2016
Sources Tell Us

"I had a free agent grade on him this fall, but there is some love for him out there. I don't think he will run well, but he looked and played faster this year so we'll find out at the Combine." - NFC west coast scout
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