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Owen Pappoe - LB Auburn 2023 NFL Draft

Owen Pappoe - LB Auburn

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Pappoe started all 13 games as a true freshman (49 tackles, three for loss with two sacks). He then posted 93 tackles, six for loss with four sacks, intercepted one pass and broke up two others in 11 starts for the Tigers in 2020. He missed eight contests due to injury in 2021, making 23 tackles, three for loss, in five starts. Healthy for all 12 games of 2022, Pappoe led his squad with 93 tackles (two for loss with one sack), intercepted a pass, broke up three others and forced two fumbles.

Scouting Report

Undersized linebacker with impressive build, good speed and long arms. Despite all of his traits, Pappoe failed to rack up impact production during his time at Auburn due to his lack of instincts and playmaking ability. He struggles to leverage the gaps and take on climbing blockers effectively, so a move to Will linebacker should allow him to play more run-and-chase, which suits him. He doesn't look like an NFL starter on tape, but third down and special teams potential will give him a shot at a backup role.

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