Mohamoud Diabate 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Began his career at Florida where he played in 37 games with 17 starts from 2019-21
- His sister ran track at UAB
- First Team All-State selection as a high school senior
- Scheme tendencies: 4-3, 4-2-5
- 2022 projected role: Starting linebacker
Pros: Mohamoud 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 instinctive 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 and processing skills that also features terrific range while playing with urgency. He is absolutely a breakout candidate for Utah stepping into the Devin Lloyd role in 2022.
Cons: 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. 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.
Mohamoud Diabate NFL Draft Scouting Report by Joe Marino