Nnamka Samson Ebukam (born May 9, 1995) is an American football outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Eastern Washington and was drafted by the Rams in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Ebukam with the Rams in 2018
|No. 50 – Los Angeles Rams|
|Born:||May 9, 1995|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school:||David Douglas|
|NFL Draft:||2017 / Round: 4 / Pick: 125|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Ebukam was born in Nigeria. He attended and graduated from David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon, in 2013. As a senior, Ebukam played at defensive end, tight end, and fullback, earning First Team All-Mount Hood Conference honors as a defensive end, and also earning honorable mention honors as a tight end.
Ebukam would play for Eastern Washington as a three-year starter. Over 38 career collegiate starts, Ebukam produced 188 tackles, 44 tackles for losses, and 24 sacks. As a senior, he tallied 15 tackles for losses and 9.5 sacks, plus three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, eight quarterback hits, and an interception.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1 7⁄8 in
|32 1⁄2 in
|9 5⁄8 in
|4.45 s||1.53 s||2.57 s||4.31 s||7.02 s||39 in
|10 ft 10 in
|All values from 2017 EWU Pro Day.|
The Los Angeles Rams selected Ebukam in the fourth round (125th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Los Angeles Rams traded their fourth (141st overall) and sixth round (197th overall) picks in the 2017 NFL Draft to the New York Jets and received the fourth round pick (125th overall) used to draft Ebukam. Ebukam was the 17th linebacker drafted in 2017.
|Rams draft Samson Ebukam 125th overall|
|Samson Ebukam NFL Draft Highlights|
Throughout training camp, Ebukam competed to be a backup outside linebacker against Morgan Fox, Ejuan Price, Cory Littleton, and Carlos Thompson. Head coach Sean McVay named Ebukam a backup outside linebacker to start the regular season, behind Robert Quinn and Connor Barwin.
|Ebukam strip sacks Tom Savage|
He made his professional regular season debut in the Los Angeles Rams' season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts and recorded three solo tackles in their 46–9 victory. On November 12, 2017, Ebukam recorded one solo tackle and forced the first fumble of his career during a sack in the Rams' 33–7 win against the Houston Texans. Ebukam made his first career sack on Texans' quarterback Tom Savage for a seven-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by teammate Tyrunn Walker in the third quarter. On December 3, 2017, Ebukam earned his first career start and collected a season-high five solo tackles in a 32–16 win at the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13. He finished his rookie season in 2017 with 31 combined tackles (26 solo), two sacks, and a forced fumble in 16 games and two starts.
The Los Angeles Rams finished the 2017 season first in the NFC West with an 11–5 record and earned a playoff berth. On January 6, 2018, Ebukam appeared in his first career playoff game and made one tackle during the Rams' 26–13 loss against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Wildcard Game.
Ebukam entered training camp slated as a starting outside linebacker. Head coach Sean McVay named Ebukam and Matt Longacre the starting outside linebackers to begin the regular season, alongside inside linebackers Mark Barron and Cory Littleton. In Week 11 on Monday Night Football Ebukam scored two defensive touchdowns off turnovers (one fumble, one interception) and forced another interception in a 54-51 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, earning him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Ebukam finished the season with 40 tackles, 1 interception, and 3 forced fumbles. In the Divisional Round against the Dallas Cowboys he recorded 2 tackles in a 30-22 win. In the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints, he recorded 3 tackles and a forced fumble in a tough 26-23 overtime victory. The Rams made it to Super Bowl LIII where they played the New England Patriots, but lost 3–13. Ebukam recorded 4 tackles in the Super Bowl.
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