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Jesse Luketa

EDGE Penn State 6-3 253 SR #40


ARM LENGTH: 32 5/8”//HAND SIZE: 10 3/8”//40YD: 4.89 (49%)//10YD: 1.69 (59%)
VJ: 37 ½” (95%)//BJ: 9’06” (57%)//BP: 18 (26%)//SS: 4.27 (88%)//3C: 7.29 (60%)

Projection: Starting Sam in a 4-3 defense but could also fit with development as a Sam in a 3-4, hence his inclusion as an Edge in this Ravens-focused guide. Draft Projection: Day 3~

Ravens Fit: Really intriguing fit for the Ravens. He has all the raw tools they look for in a Sam in their scheme. Could provide insurance for a returning Tyus Bowser early and serve as his understudy and potential long-term replacement. He plays like a Raven, flying all over the field, with toughness, aggression and competitiveness. He has plenty of explosion and good lateral agility but he is somewhat speed deficient which will be a concern for the Ravens and he certainly isn’t as athletic as Bowser. He also doesn’t set the edge as consistently as Ravens defenders do but he has so many tools to develop.

Overall Fit 4/5


Played final year as the 9 technique and standing up most often but also played from a three-point stance at both the 9/7 technique on rare occasions.

Pass Rush

He has very good vertical explosion and a solid get-off, doesn’t always process quickly enough to maximize his athletic ability and is too inconsistent in putting stress on the Offensive Linemen quickly in his second and third step. He does not yet have a sophisticated rush plan, everything is done at 100 miles per hour and he has one of the most active motors I’ve ever graded, with elite competitiveness, aggression and physical toughness. This, along with some other raw tools like his explosion, lateral agility and bend are not yet harnessed to make a consistently dangerous pass rusher. He has a long arm move with inconsistent hand placement, his ankle flexion gives him enough bend to give him leverage to walk the OL back but he can’t convert speed to power to finish or counter off this when OL with good recovery ability or anchor stalemate him.

This is true of other moves as he has not yet learnt how to counter the OL to win after his initial move. His footwork, specifically his euro step, is the best features of his pass rush. However, when he tries an inside move, he will stand up too quickly and lose leverage. He does show an ability to set up the OL with his footwork before coming back with a dangerous spin move but this is deployed rarely. His most frequently attempted move is the stab-club-rip and as with other moves and his play in the run game, his initial hand placement and timing prevents the move from being successful. He has impressive bend which helps him to corner but he doesn’t yet have the play strength or hand usage to win at the apex of his rush. (Coverage: Shows the lateral agility/foot speed to cover man-to-man, some processing issues in zone.)

Vs Run

His hand timing and placement at the point of attack in the run game is inconsistent but he has remarkable power in his hands. Defending the front-side against Zone running plays when his assignment of setting the edge is simple, and when he’s standing up from the 9 technique with more time to ready his hands, he can time and place his hands. He doesn’t always lock out to gain leverage but can tackle the runner in his gap. Any other situations and he will struggle to place his hands, however he Is productive through motor, toughness and explosion when he doesn’t show good UOH.

When facing Gap runs he can struggle to see Down blocks coming but he does read pullers well and can use his explosion/processing to position to make a play on the ball carrier. He’s an excellent physical tackler and you can see him tackle four guys to make a play on the ball. Is a disciplined backside run defender with the closing speed to wreck plays from the backside

So much potential as a 3-4 Sam. Not ideal long speed but explosion and lateral agility. Plays with aggression, toughness and motor, lots to work with and lots to work on

JR: 1 Sacks, 3 QB Hits, 62 Total Tackles, 1 FF, 1 INT
SO: 1 Batted Ball, 53 total tackles, 2 PBUs

Athleticism 3
Intelligence 4
Versatility 5
Grit 5
Scheme 4

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