Siaki Ika: NFL Draft Scouting Report

Siaki Ika: NFL Draft Scouting Report
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  • Height:  6’4”
  • Weight: 358lbs
  • College: Baylor
  • Year: Senior
  • Position: Defensive Tackle


  • Size – height and weight to excel on the interior of any defensive line
  • Foot speed – nimble and athletic in relation to size
  • Agility- able to turn quickly in short areas to counter opponents and work laterally along the line
  • Able to pass rush effectively from the Nose Tackle spot – can burst between the centre and guard to enter the backfield
  • Strong grip strength when engaging o-linemen


  • Has not taken the leap expected from early promise shown
  • Tends to use mass, rather than technique, to win reps
  • High pad level allows linemen to get underneath him and use leverage to stunt attacks
  • Relatively short arms compared to stature – interior offensive linemen are able to take advantage of this and get into his chest and control reps
  • Functional play strength is not what expected for his size
  • Running game consistency – can see him completely stifle a run play on one down, and the next be completely blown off the ball by an opposing lineman


Baylor Bears defensive tackle Siaki Ika, for me, is a difficult prospect to figure out. He has the quickness and lateral agility that are impressive at his size and his ability, when keyed in, to get into the backfield is a positive. However, his surprising lack of play strength and inconsistency on down by down basis are concerns for someone who is projected to mainly play as a nose/1T upon entering the league. Ika has tools to work with but has improvements to make if he is to be a regular starter.

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