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Alaka led the Aggies in tackles each of the past two seasons and his aggression and raw power make it easy for scouts to project him as a classic run-stuffing 'thumper in the NFL.
Alaka signed with Texas A&M as a four star recruit out of Houston and proved an immediate help, starting five games as a true freshman and even earning MVP honors in an AutoZone Liberty Bowl win over West Virginia and their potent offense.
After missing most of his sophomore season due to injury, Alaka returned to post nearly identical numbers in 2017-18, averaging 79 overall tackles and leaving with a career-high 14.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks as a senior.
From build to boom as a tackler, Alaka is the classic two-down run-stopping linebacker prospect. He carries his weight well on a compact, athletic frame with good overall musculature. He is wired to crash the line of scrimmage and willing takes on blockers, showing strength and balance to stand them up in the hole. Good core flexibility to scrape corners and adjust quickly in close quarters to latch onto runners. Very good strength shows up in one-hand tackles. He is savvy in coverage, getting proper depth in his drops and good awareness of routes developing around him, but don't bank on him being a major asset in coverage.
Initial quickness is decent but Alaka tops out quickly, showing just fair speed overall for the position. Too often backs are able to beat him to the edge and he is forced to take conservative angles in pursuit downfield to compensate for his average wheels. Average balance when working through the trash, catching blocks and losing his footing too often.
Team doctors are aware of multiple arm injuries, causing Alaka to redshirt in 2015 after dislocating his elbow and tearing his labrum. He also missed the final game of his career - A&M's Gator Bowl win over North Carolina State - after undergoing surgery on his hand.
Projection: Fifth Round
--Field Level Media