by J.T. Toth
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Today’s Spotlight - Miami,(FL), Defensive Line, Akheem Mesidor
Name- Akheem Mesidor
Pos- Defensive Line
Team- Miami, FL
HT/WT- 6’3” 280 lbs
Home – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Akheem Mesidor attended several Ottawa high schools and also at the Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada in St. Catharines. He transferred to Clearwater Academy International in Clearwater, Florida before his senior year. He tallied 92 tackles, 10 sacks and forced 4 fumbles during his senior campaign. He was rated a 3-star recruit and committed to play football at West Virginia over offers from Pitt, UCLA, Georgia Tech and Syracuse.
Mesidor wasted no time becoming a force at West Virginia. In his true freshman season, he played in 10 games, starting 1. He finished the season with 32 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks. He was named to the All-Big 12 second team as a freshman.
Mesidor played in 12 games in 2021 for the Mountaineers and once again was a steady force on the defensive line. He tallied 38 tackles, 8 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks in another productive season for WVU. After the season, he entered the transfer portal and elected to play football at Miami, FL.
Last season, Mesidor played in 11 games, moving around between defensive end and defensive tackle for the Hurricanes. He once again had a steady season, collecting 38 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
This season, Mesidor played in the first 2 games but then suffered a foot injury which forced him to miss the rest of the season.
Akheem Mesidor has strong hands and is efficient in the way he can move offensive linemen side to side to make plays on the ball. His instincts are excellent and he always has his eyes in the backfield. He plays with a strong base and uses his leverage well to obtain the upper hand in battles. When playing inside he has a quick burst through gaps and once he gets by the shoulders of the linemen, he makes himself tough to contain. When lining up as an edge, he has an above average spin move that he uses to beat tackles off the ball, and has surprising burst for a larger man.
Tackling is an issue with Mesidor. He does not do a good job of wrapping up ball carriers and likes to hit with his shoulders and doesn’t use his hands well to wrap and grab the runner. Though he has some moments on the edge, he lacks the pure burst that other top prospects have. Draft 412 thinks Mesidor will offer more as an interior lineman, but the versatility will be there for teams to fill in with injury. He is not a fluid, smooth moving athlete and plays stiff and upright at times. He has had foot issues during his time at Miami, FL and the NFL brass will do their due diligence to make sure this isn’t an issue going forward.
Draft 412 was reminded of John Franklin-Myers when watching tape of Akheem Mesidor. Franklin-Myers was a 4th round pick out of Stephen F. Austin State in 2018. Franklin-Myers was as large as 290 during his collegiate career and could play anywhere on the defensive line. So far in the NFL, he has mostly played on the end but has been moved around when needed by the teams he has played for. Mesidor has the same capabilities and should find himself in a rotation for a team on the interior but also has the ability to play edge.
Follows ball well
Mesidor will more than likely be another late round prospect who offers versatility to a team's defensive line unit. He has the frame to add more weight and become a 300 pound defensive tackle in the NFL and has more to offer inside than outside. Either way, the versatility will be there for teams to select.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 6th or 7th round