Versatility is the most valuable trait to have as a defender these days because the offenses that college football defensive coordinators have to prepare for every week can be so multiple. One week it’s the triple option. The week after it’s the Air Raid.
That’s why a player like Camilo Eifler is a prospect that has the attention of so many schools. He can drop and cover a tight end on one play and rush off the edge the very next. He can do so many things well and is one of the top outside linebacker prospects in the nation this cycle.
Eifler is a very good athlete that flashes explosive movement. His vertical was measured in at over 40 inches at the Opening regional camp in Oakland. He runs really well and is fluid in the way he opens up his hips.
He’s well built with good length and the kind of frame where he should be able to put on another twenty or more pounds at the next level without completely blowing up.
Eifler lines up all over the place as a linebacker in Bishop O’Dowd’s defense and shows skills wherever he plays.
When he’s lined up outside and walked out on a slot, he isn’t a liability in coverage although he probably doesn’t have the speed to run with elite slot receivers. His length and playing physical helps make up for some of that, though. He is fluid in his drops and has great awareness in zone. He has good ball skills and can finish with interceptions when an opportunity presents itself. He also does a really good job of tackling in space.
He lined up occasionally on the line on the outside in a two point stance where he flashed some ability as an edge rusher. He can bend and wrap to get to the quarterback.
The majority of the time he is lined up in the box and off the ball. He does a nice job of working his way through the trash to find the football. That’s the right term to use in this case too because his defensive scheme has him lined up so tight to the football (it looks like he is just about two yards off the ball) that he is often forced to step back to pursue rather than be a downhill player. The alignment hurst him instinctively as well because he doesn’t seem to react as quickly to pulling guards or other blocks as you’d like to see. Because of his alignment, it’s tougher to get a gauge on him instinctively because he is at a disadvantage in terms of what he can see compared with other linebackers who may be lined up four or five yards off the football.
He can be physical when taking on blocks, but must use his length better to create space to shed and pursue. This is probably the one thing he needs to work on the most as he is able to make a lot of plays where he is barely touched and it won’t be that easy at the next level. He does do a good job as a tackler and consistently wraps up.
He’s a versatile player in that I think he should be a fit to play inside as a Will, but could also could line up as an on the ball linebacker in a 3-4. He could even kick out to line up out wider and play in coverage. I think he can find a fit in just about any scheme.
Eifler might not be the kind of guy to put up eye popping numbers at the next level because he is likely to be asked to do multiple things in the defense he plays in. I think he will be able to many things very well and be someone that has the ability to start for multiple seasons at the next level and play at a very high level.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).