2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas

by Cory J. Bonini on April 13, 2011 @ 20:58:47 PDT


Senior defensive end Sam Acho looks to be the next Texas Longhorns pass rusher to make the transition from end to linebacker as the 2011 NFL Draft approaches. 

Acho played sparingly until his junior season; in 2009, he recorded 55 total tackles, 8.0 sacks and two forced fumbles. Last year, Acho notched 60 stops, 8.0 sacks and two forced fumbles.


  • Good initial burst
  • Hustles to the whistle - doesn't give up on plays
  • Intelligent
  • Hard worker - workout warrior
  • Sam Acho, draft prospect
    A work in progress
    Versatile - can play Tampa 2 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker
  • Maintains his assignment
  • Regularly looks to knock the ball free
  • Mild upside - still honing his craft and improving his repertoire
  • Team and community leader
  • Athletic with good speed (official 4.67 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 1.66-second 10-yard split)


  • Not very quick
  • Doesn't explode through the ball carrier
  • Inconsistent handwork 
  • Struggles to disengage
  • Blocked out of too many plays
  • Tweener (6-foot-1 5/8, 262 pounds)

Expected draft placement

Since his ceiling as a pass rusher is relatively low, Acho probably won't come off the board until the third round. He profiles as a secondary pass-rushing end in a 4-3 Cover 2 base or a 3-4 outside linebacker, which would require patience from a prospective employer.

He has met with or worked out for the St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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