Thank goodness that Google remembers previous searches because remembering how to properly spell the name Elysee Mbem-Bosse is not an easy task. It’s about as easy as a fullback trying to run iso at Mbem-Bosse. (It’s difficult.)
Mbem-Bosse is a throwback, physical inside linebacker that plays downhill. He has the tools to be an outstanding run defender at the next level.
Mbem-Bosse doesn’t jump out as a great athlete on film. He has solid speed, but looks a little stiff in terms of opening up and moving laterally. I don’t know if he has the speed to be a sideline to sideline player. Physically he looks the part, though. Perfect size for an inside linebacker and could come in an compete in that aspect right away. Long arms as well, which are an asset.
There aren’t going to be as many players who can stuff the inside run quite like Mbem-Bosse. He does a great job of scraping through the trash to find the football and arrives at the ball violently when he gets to it. He is a very good tackler that his through people.
He needs to use his hands better to not let blockers get to his chest, but he attacks them and is not afraid to take on a guard or fullback. He will absolutely blow up the iso. My main concern with him versus the inside run is that he sometimes will take false steps and does not recognize his keys in terms of pulling guards or down blocks on a consistent basis. He isn’t a good enough athlete to recover with false steps at the next level and must improve in this area.
He cuts players in half well in open space, but I worry about him chasing down players with elite speed. He doesn’t accelerate fast enough to shoot lanes and make play tackles for loss from the backside.
He brings full force as a blitzer and create pressure up the middle. If he can improve on getting skinny and avoiding contact and getting off of blocks quicker then he can be even more effective.
He looks a little tight when having to open up in coverage and also looks a little bit unsure of his drops in terms of where he needs to be. That isn’t uncommon for a lot of high school linebackers and his game versus the pass has a bit to go before he should be able to step in an play in obvious passing situations at the next level.
He is a true inside linebacker that could fit in a 3-4 or as the Mike in a 4-3 that would thrive as a downhill run defender that is asked to blitz a lot versus the pass.
I like Mbem-Bosse and the mentality he plays with, but I don’t think he is going to be ready to step in and play right away at the college level even though he looks the part. It may take him a year or two to find his footing and then hit the ground running. I do think he has the tools to be a solid starter at inside linebacker eventually in his college career.
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