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NFL Draft Profile: Palaie Gaoteote IV, Linebacker, Ohio State Buckeyes

NFL Draft profile scouting report for Ohio State LB Palaie Gaoteote IV

Ohio State LB Palaie Gaoteote IV 21
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#21
Pos: LB
Ht: 6016
Wt: 248
40: 4.73
DOB: 3/11/2000
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
High School: Bishop Gorman
Eligibility: 2023

Palaie Gaoteote IV
Ohio State Buckeyes


One-Liner: 

A sprightly linebacker with a competitive demeanor, if Gaoteote plays a sizeable amount of snaps for Ohio State, his draft ceiling with certainly rise. 

Evaluation:

A weighty frame fills out his pads. Serious play strength, bulldozing into linemen with a strong shoulder. Competitive toughness shines from snap to whistle. Rangy for his stature, stretching boundary to boundary. Textbook tackler, launching and seeking his target with lower body hits that terminate yardage. Active feet with short-area quickness. Lateral agility creates confidence in one-on-one scenarios, making the ball carrier less poised. Good balance on contact, maintaining an upright position regularly. Can bend and redirect, becoming a pass rusher when deployed as a Blitzer. Burst is evident, allowing him to play read and react football in a timely manner. Smaller in terms of length. A tick late in coverage, movements are there but his awareness leaves something to be desired in passing concepts. Will be pushed off his spot by considerable linemen, leaving rush lanes. Don't want him engaged at the point of attack. Eyes can wander, taking him out of the play. A bouncy athlete that needs reps, Gaoteote has promising athleticism and playmaking traits. That's said to say he needs to show he can provide a full season of productive tape, answering any questions about durability. 

Grade:

5th Round

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Background:

Palaie Gaoteote IV is a linebacker coming to Columbus from USC. Gaoteote had a great career at USC where in his twenty games he played, he recorded a spectacular one hundred and five tackles. His best season so far was in 2019 where he recorded fifty-eight tackles in eight games. With two years of eligibility left for Gaoteote, he will look to improve on his already tremendous college football career. 

Quotes: 

“Now that he will have the opportunity to go through a full offseason with the Buckeyes, Gaoteote is hopeful he can be a difference-maker in their linebacker corps this season. At 6-foot-2 and 248 pounds, Gaoteote believes he is capable of playing any linebacker position in Jim Knowles’ scheme and says he has been taking reps at the Sam, Will, and Jack positions.”

Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors