NFL Draft

Jesse Luketa
Int Yds TDs
Team: Penn State Nittany LionsHeight: 6-3 Born: N/A
Position: LBWeight: 247 Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Class-Eligibility: Sr-Sr

Scouting Report

40 time: 4.72

5th-6th Round

Overview: One of the most impressive Canadian-born players in the class, Luketa played his high school ball in Pennsylvania, earning quite a bit of interest as a linebacker recruit. He was used in a more traditional off-ball role through his first three seasons with the Nittany Lions before moving to the defensive line in his senior season. His size isn't ideal for playing defensive end in the NFL, but his workhorse mentality will help to counteract some of the limitations.

Strengths: Positional versatility is notable, as he can play both defensive end and multiple linebacker spots. Flexible lower half with consistent knee bend. Plays with excellent contact balance. Super twitched-up rusher with snappy angle changes. Hand quickness and violence are hard to handle. Plays with a physical demeanor and won't let blockers control him to the whistle. Spin move is crisp. Strong tackler with ideal finishing strength. Changes directions well in the open field.

Weaknesses: Length is below average for an edge rusher. Lacks the mass to lock into place in the run game, and he'll be moved off his spot by offensive tackles. Falls into the tweener box a bit too much between 3-4 OLB and 4-3 DE. Knee bend doesn't translate into consistently winning around the corner as a pass-rusher.

Pro Comp: Ola Adeniyi, Tennessee Titans -- Adeniyi's lack of traditional size and length have prevented him from latching onto much more than a depth role, but he's been a core special teamer and valuable asset on the back of the roster. Luketa is bigger and more flexible, but the step up in competition could limit him to a similar role.

Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2018 PSU  13 0
2019 PSU  13 0
2020 PSU  9 0
2021 PSU  12 1
Career   47 1

Career Returning Stats

Year Team G Punt Returns Yds Avg TDs Kick Returns Yds Avg TDs
2019 PSU  13 0 0 - 0 1 10 10.0 0
Career   47 0 0 - 0 1 10 10.0 0
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