Getting late in the draft now, and the Browns picked up another inside linebacker in Emmanuel Acho out of Texas. Listed at 6-feet-2-inches, he is called a “smart overachiever with above average discipline” by ESPN.
This past year, he was a first-team All-Big 12 selection after racking up an insane total of 131 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy and a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
In terms of his abilities, he’s listed by ESPN as having average range, great work ethic and he doesn’t shy away from contact. He doesn’t anchor well and his route recognition seems spotty, but for a late round pick, this was yet another solid collegiate starter for several years.
On ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr said that Acho is strong and quick, but didn’t have very many impact plays in college. Kiper said Acho was productive in college but “didn’t come through with the effort on a game-to-game basis” to warrant a higher selection.
After these recent back-to-back picks, the Browns are up again for a pair of compensatory picks at the seventh round (38th and 40th).
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