Up next on our NFL Prospects list is the ever so versatile Safety/Linebacker hybrid Segun Olubi. Segun is a Burlsworwth Trophy nominee, which honors collegiate football players who began their career as a walk on. So this really speaks highly to the character and determination that Segun has to make this game his focus.
Pair this achievement with the fact that Segun was also named a team captain this past season on a loaded defensive unit and you begin to see the makings of a fine football player and leader off the field as well.
From the first highlights we seen of Olubi in the 2019 season, where he delivered a huge pick-6 INT for a touchdown against Hawaii, we knew he had the makings to be something very special for this Aztecs program. Now the range of skill that Segun possesses will try to translate into the NFL game where he will now be focused on becoming an everyday linebacker.
Which is ideal for him in our minds. The trend in NFL defenses is now turning to more of a pass defensive oriented game. The kind of linebacker that can cover a tight-end and still have the run stopping ability is a huge plus. Segun has all of that.
LB Segun Olubi
6′ 2″, 220 lbs
|2020||San Diego State||MWC||SR||LB||5||5||10||15||0.5||0.0||1||71||71.0||1||0||0||0|
|*2021||San Diego State||MWC||SR||LB||14||28||24||52||2.5||1.0||0||0||0||1||0||2|
|Career||San Diego State||19||33||34||67||3.0||1.0||1||71||71.0||1||1||0||2|
Coach C: He’s another guy that was willing to play special teams and boy you can see why. He just really has a motor that just is always in high gear. Those guys are fun to coach!
You know willing is the word we use to describe Trenton Thompson and here’s Segun and you’re watching him on film and you’re just like, this guy’s relentless, a relentless pursuer is what came to mind when I was watching him. No matter where he was on the field, you just see this #24 chasing, coming after you, hunting you down and just see this guy knows how to hunt.
He’s got good eyes…just look at this guy with his size and he know how to run—He doesn’t care if there’s contact. You just watch him and you say look at this guy. It’s a screen play, coach sends him on a pressure, stops and he’s the guy making the tackle. He’s going to find himself on the stat sheet—he’s going to make sure that tackle box has a chance to get checked off with his name behind it because he wants to be the guy that’s in that stat sheet. And that’s what this whole defensive squad felt like, I wanna be the guy that gets the credit for the tackle on this play.
The guy’s an 8-cylinder always in high gear. He knows how to get skinny and what I. mean by that is he’s a big dude, but when he attacks the A & B gaps when the coach sends him on that inside pressure. He knows how to time it well, but he knows how to sliver his way through that gap in a quick way but not lose any speed. Not every linebacker has that. Sometimes some linebackers try to bull their way through that. But here he’s a big chested kid, but he still knows how to get thin enough that he doesn’t get touched or slowed down.
And even when he was sideways, he’s pursuing so quick. That alone when you start collapsing that pocket, that gets quarterback’s nervous real quick. But again, when you have guys like this you’re not playing with 11 guys on the field because he might go after the QB, the balls released, he stops and here he comes always a part of the tackle making the defense look like there’s 12 or 13 guys on the field.
It’s going to be real interesting to see what a team does. Where does he fit in, in a special nickel package and can he drop and cover that flat, can he drop and disguise things. Sometimes coaches love to send the house in dime packages, especially when you see guys that a closers like Segun.
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