Mohamoud Diabate NFL Draft Scouting Report
LB, Utah Utes
A 4-star recruit, Mohamoud Diabate began his career at Florida before transferring to Utah ahead of the 2022 season. At Florida, Diabate played in 37 games with 17 starts from 2019-21 before starting 12 games for Utah in 2022.
Diabate is a rangy and athletic linebacker that can work sideline to sideline and close distances in a hurry. He has some impressive reps in man coverage where he can carry routes vertically down the field and stay in phase with running backs and tight ends. Diabate is an urgent downhill run defender that mostly does well to fit the run and attack with physicality. While his block deconstruction skills have room for improvement, he is physical when taking on blocks and is a stout tackler that doesn’t easily concede yards after contact. Florida gave Diabate chances to speed rush off the edge and blitz the A-gaps from the second level and he proved to be effective. He is flexible cornering off the edge and his closing burst is excellent. Overall, Diabate is a physical linebacker with good length that also features terrific range while playing with urgency.
For a player with ideal attributes to thrive in coverage, Mohamoud Diabate needs to become a better processor when it comes to zone drops. There are too many instances of him covering grass and not adjusting his landmarks. Diabate has room to clean up some angles, which should eliminate minor concerns about tackling consistency should he be able to show up on schedule with more consistency. In addition, he has some misreads that he commits to at full speed while taking him out of space he is responsible for. Diabate is physical when taking on blocks but he has room to grow when it comes to using his hands to stack and shed. He primarily played defensive end during his first two seasons at Florida before being an off-ball linebacker in 2021, so he’s still settling into that role, although it’s impressive how he has developed to this point.
Diabate has the makings of a developmental starter that brings value in a variety of ways given his ability to play in space, rush, and play downhill. His skill set also projects well to special teams.
Top Reasons to Buy In:
- Size and range
- Physicality and urgency
Top Reasons For Concern:
- Coverage awareness
- Processing and angles
- Block deconstruction
Weight: 220 lbs
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Ideal Role: Weakside linebacker with rush potential
Scheme Fit: One that is willing to tap into his versatility
TDN Consensus Grade: 71.50/100 (Fifth-Round Value)
- Marino Grade: 71.50/100
Written By: Joe Marino
Exposures: Alabama (2021), Tennessee (2021), Kentucky (2021), Florida (2022), USC (2022), UCLA (2022)
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