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Prospect Profiles: Akeem Dent

AKEEM DENT, LB, GEORGIA

Triangle Numbers: 6-1,242, 4.68

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Extremely productive senior season in 2010, Georgia’s leading tackler with 125 tackles while adding 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles… Has a stout frame and a strong lower body… Has a consistent motor, does not give up on plays until after the whistle is blown… Is a very hard worker and good leader, defensive teammates look up to him for his good work ethic and desire to make plays… Stepped up to a challenge from new inside linebacker coach Warren Bellin to be the leading tackler on the team this season, shows willingness to be a coachable player and to get better every year.

Negatives: Not particularly fast… Has some problems eluding blockers and getting through traffic, will get pancaked when eyes are locked in the backfield, does not protect legs very well against cut blocks… Needs to take better angles when moving laterally toward the ball carrier, lack of speed makes taking good angles a necessity… Missed some time prior to the start of the 2010 regular season after undergoing surgery on his foot after an “off-field accident,” missed some games in 2009 as well… Not much of a threat in coverage, mostly a run-stopping linebacker, has not recorded a single interception in college… Lacks elite instincts, will get out of position and can be fooled by misdirection plays… Limited upside, is not a complete player at this point.

SI:

Dent has been one of the few bright spots during the Bulldogs’ dismal season. The senior captain is the most consistent player on defense, according to Georgia coaches. He leads the unit with 54 tackles and has shown surprising skill in pass coverage. Dent is another that has played himself into the draft after initially being graded as a free agent.

NFL Draft 101:

STRENGTHS

  • Downhill run stuffer
  • Makes good reads and shows good movement to the football
  • Physical tackler – 125 tackles in 2010
  • Well built – looks the part
  • Uses hands well to shed blocks
  • Good leader and strong work ethic
  • Aggressive in the trenches
  • Has experience in 3-4 and 4-3

WEAKNESSES

  • Limited range and lateral agility
  • More of a two down linebacker
  • Lacks ideal size to play inside
  • Struggles with change of direction
  • Not comfortable in pass coverage
  • Gets upright at times

 

VIDEO:

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Akeem Dent is a mid round linebacker prospect who has been linked to the Giants. Very productive in college. Can play all three linebacker positions, but is probably best suited for the middle. Reminds me a bit of Jon Goff, actually. Not very fast. Is not fluid in coverage, and projects to be more of a two down thumper. The Giants do need linebacker depth, so Dent would fill that. But he’s not starter material. The Giants need linebackers who can make plays in coverage. Dent doesn’t do that. Goff is more of a run stopper. We don’t know about Sintim. Dent wouldn’t fit as a starter. As a backup who comes in on running downs, and plays special teams, he would be a nice fit. But, not starter material.

 

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