2018 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Ade Aruna
Weight 262 pounds
Round Projection 5-6
Whenever Aruna arrives at camp, his position coaches will realize two things. First, how his natural ability leaps off film. Next, how his game needs a great deal of refinement. In the course of film study, Aruna shows a knack for getting to the quarterback. However, he will need patience and a more diverse rush set. Now, his approach consists of bending the corner. With his frame and physical gifts, moves the swim, spin and rip.
For his raw ability, Aruna attacks the run. As a result, you will see him in the middle of the field or funneling down the line to make a play versus a back. Aruna’s vision allows him to see around blockers and streak toward the ball. Despite his rangy build, Aruna will use quick hands and surprising power to disengage from lineman.
During his career in New Orleans, Aruna rushed from a linebacker and end spot. Regardless, he showed an outstanding burst off the snap. If you waste his outside arm, he will slide that back at the snap. From there, he bolts upfield. Aruna possesses outstanding speed for his body type. When he gets a great read in coverage, Aruna gets to the zone in a hurry.
Weighing 262 pounds for an end is passable. Yet, Aruna’s long arms could lend themselves to warding off blocks and dropping ballcarriers. For Aruna, the fix is a matter of technique. When he plays with a lower center of gravity, his strength increases. On the contrary, standing tall gives blockers too much of a target area.
To his credit, Aruna can shuffle and run with backs. Additionally, he turns on a dime despite standing 6’5. Aruna gets his head and hips around to track play downfield.
If the Raiders deploy Aruna as is, they could see him as a pass rush specialist with six to eight sack capability. However, DL coach Mike Trgovac will drum technique into Aruna. In that case, the Raiders could enjoy a late-round steal. With his traits, he fits the mold of an edge rusher in Paul Guenther’s defense.