by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of University of Washington Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - Washington, Inside Linebacker, Edefuan Ulofoshio
Name - Edefuan Ulofoshio
Pos - Inside Linebacker
Team - Washington
HT/WT - 6’1” 236 lbs.
Home - Anchorage, AK
Edefuan Ulofoshio played one season at South High School in his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. After his freshman season, he transferred to Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, NV. As a sophomore and junior, he helped lead the Gaels to undefeated seasons, which led to them being named the no. 1 team in the USA Today’s final rankings both seasons. As a senior, he notched 100 tackles, 4 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions. He was named to the Las Vegas Review Journal all-state second team after his senior season. During his senior year, Ulofoshio committed to Washington University.
As a freshman, he played in 3 games, preserving a redshirt for himself. He only played special teams in those 3 games, but somehow managed to make 2 tackles and forced 2 fumbles. Ulofoshio had a huge spring and saw his playing time expand in 2019. He played in 13 games, starting the final 3 for the Huskies. Once again, he made the most of his time on the field, collecting 47 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.
His 2020 season was cut to 4 games due to Covid-19, but Ulofoshio dominated and was named honorable All-American from Pro Football Focus and by Phil Steele. In just 4 games, he finished with 47 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, and 1 sack.
In 2021, he played in the first 6 games, starting 5 and then missed the rest due to injury. He was a tackling machine during his playing time, tallying 51 tackles. The injury also cost him the first 8 games of 2022, and he was limited again to just 5 games. He returned slowly and played a limited role for the Huskies and finished with just 10 tackles.
The 2023 campaign was a comeback season of sorts for Ulofoshio. He started all 15 games and finished 2nd on the team in tackles with 94 and added 3 sacks. His play did not go unnoticed and he was a All-Pac-12 First Team selection and was selected as a Phil Steele 2nd Team All-American.
Ulofoshio has a nice blend of speed and size and has an explosive first step to get off on the snap quickly. He’s flexible and is able to make his way through traffic to make stops. He has the ability to turn and run and is able to cover tight ends and/or running backs coming out of the backfield. His footwork allows him to effectively change direction and play at a high speed laterally. He is a tackling machine who does a good job of breaking down and finishing off the ball carrier. His instincts are outstanding and he has the speed and chase ability to play sideline to sideline.
On the downside, Ulofoshio needs to get stronger for the NFL. Larger offensive linemen tend to have their way with him once they get initial contact on his chest. At times, he can play out of control and can easily be misdirected by fakes and counter runs. He struggles when dropping back into zone and does not do an effective job of reading routes and watching the quarterback's eyes. He takes some questionable paths to the ball and seems to try and avoid blocks when navigating through traffic. The problem with these chasing routes can lead to open running lanes for backs. He is still on the raw side when it comes to being used in coverage.
A good comparison to Ulofoshio is Elandon Roberts of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Roberts, a 6th round pick out of Houston in 2016 is and always has been a tackling machine. Though a very good tackler he is not great in coverage but has had a nice career playing the inside linebacker position. Ulofoshio projects as the same kind of player.
First step off snap
Fluid, can turn and run
Edefuan Ulofoshio is a solid inside linebacker who first and foremost will stop the run. In today’s NFL, he is not quite as desirable as he would have been 10 years ago. That being said, he has enough upside to be a solid late round pick who could become a starter.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 5th or 6th round