Scouting report: Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

The San Diego Chargers signed defensive end/linebacker Akbar Gbaja-Biamila on Tuesday. Gbaja-Biamila was released on September 3, 2005 by the Raiders after compiling 13 tackles and two sacks over the first two years of his career. Here is a scouting report on the former Aztec when he came out of college in 2003.

Name:  Akbar Gbaja-Biamila  School:  San Diego St  Year:   6Sr

Ht:  6-5  Wt:  254  40:  4.93  Pos:  DE

Bio: Older brother Kabeer formerly played with the Aztecs and now stars with the Green Bay Packers.  Totaled 47 tackles with 13 tackles for loss and 5 sacks in 2003, after 29/8/5 the prior year.  Tore an Achilles tendon after the first game of the 2000 season, which sidelined him the rest of the year.  Moved into the starting lineup as a red-shirt sophomore and compiled 14/2/1.  Played in the 2002 Shrine Game and had an outstanding contest before awarded a sixth year of eligibility.

Pos: Nice sized athlete who can play at left defensive end or be moved to linebacker.  Breaks down well, plays with forward lean and moves well laterally making plays up and down the line of scrimmage.  Forceful and wedges his way between blockers, or drives opposing lineman off the ball.  Active and makes a lot of plays into the backfield.

Neg:  Lacks the explosive first step off the snap and smooth change of direction.  Slow regaining his balance off the initial block.  Overall game lacks suddenness and explosion.

Analysis:  Bigger and stronger than his older brother but not nearly the pass rusher or play maker as the former SDSU star.  Growth potential gives him a possible future at linebacker.






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