Eric Striker OLB #19 – Oklahoma
- 2013 Alabama
- 2014 West Virginia
- 2014 Kansas State
- 2014 Tennesse
- 2014 Clemson
Extremely athletic, explosive athlete with safety size playing OLB. Uses his 6-0 height to gain tremendous leverage when rushing the passer around the edge. Has elite first step quickness paired with incredible bend/flexibility in his hips/ankles. Able to get perpendicular with OL very quickly and flatten sharply to the QB. Very fluid and natural in space. COD & recognition skills are excellent.
Doesn’t possess the size, length, or strength to be an every down player in the front 7 in the NFL. Needs to develop strength, particularly in his upper body and add at least 10-15 more pounds to be a 3-down player. Doesn’t give it his all on every play. Liability in the run game. Needs to get off blocks quicker instead of stacking and reading, usually resulting in the play passing him by or getting engulfed. Gets lost in traffic due to his size.
Striker came to Oklahoma as a four-star recruit by Rivals, declining offers from LSU and Auburn. He played his high school ball for Florida powerhouse Armwood High School where he set the school record with 42 career sacks. Striker plays OLB in Oklahoma’s 3-4 scheme, lining up on either side but typically on the wide side of the field which enables him to play in more space. He has 26 straight starts dating back to his sophomore season and will be a true senior entering the 2015 season. He finished his junior season with All-Big 12 First Team honors as well as being named an AP Third-Team All-American. He finished the year with 68 total tackles, 45 solo, 17 TFL, 9 sacks, 5 PBUs, 1 FF, and 3 fumbles recovered.
Eric is undersized even in today’s game where smaller LBs are becoming more accepted. At 6-0 223, Striker has a well-rounded, well developed build. He is a liability in the run game, not possessing the size or strength to hold up at the POA. Isn’t able to stack and shed consistently due to limited size but does have the agility to avoid blocks if he’s off the LOS and in space. He’s a very explosive, yet undisciplined tackler. Has the ability to unlock his hips on contact delivering routine big hits but takes poor angles to the football and can over pursue ballcarriers. Has elite athleticism, quickness, and burst to pursue the football and is very comfortable in space. Reads and reacts to the ball very well. His biggest strength is rushing the passer on the edge. Has exceptional bend and flexibility throughout his body paired with the ability to out leverage virtually any OL around the corner. Doesn’t possess outstanding pass rush moves, typically using a basic rip or shoulder dip that he wins with due to his aforementioned speed. Has made big plays in big moments, just turn on the 13 Alabama bowl game, 14 Clemson bowl game, or 14 Tennessee tape, where he was borderline dominant off of interior blitzes and edge pressures. The 14 West Virginia tape has flashes of brilliance with several loafs. 14 TCU & Kansas State games he was a major liability in the run game, often getting washed off the LOS with ease. Doesn’t possess a strong enough base to withstand the POA vs OL. Not sure if he can add the necessary weight to hold up vs the run without losing some of his juice. Too small to cover premier NFL TEs, but is excellent reacting to and pursuing screens and swing routes. Striker is the definition of a tweener. A role can be carved out for him in passing situations where I feel like he can develop into a lethal force on the edge, especially if he can gain some more weight (10+ pounds). Due to being stuck in such a limited role initially, his value is likely capped somewhere in day 2. It will be interesting to see how much stronger/bigger he gets this offseason as he enters the 2015 season as one of the most productive and disruptive players in the nation.