5. Otaro Alaka – Mid to Late Rounds
One of the most consistent players on the Aggie defense over the past few years has been Otaro Alaka. You would almost always hear his name called when the Aggies needed a big play or a stop, especially during the 2018 season. Alaka led the Aggies with 79 tackles and 14.5 tackles for loss. He also had 78 tackles and 12.0 tackles for loss in the 2017 season and had 9.5 sacks combined in those two seasons.
Alaka’s best attributes are his relentless motor and strength. He plays tough and isn’t afraid to eat up blockers or get in the face of his opponent. There is definitely a chip on his shoulder and it shows up on the field. He was also incredibly versatile, often blitzing as a extra rusher or even lining up with his hand in the dirt to rush the passer.
His speed could be an issue at the next level. Teams won’t be asking Alaka to play much man coverage for fear of being exploited by athletic tight ends or running backs. He projects as a special teams contributor and maybe a first and second down linebacker who comes off the field in passing situations.
Teams will no doubt fall in love with Alaka’s passion for the game and what he can bring to a locker room.