With the NFL Draft taking place in Chicago from April 30 through May 2, we'll be catching you up on where some Northwestern prospects may land. Our next prospect comes from the linebacking corps, three-year starter Chi Chi Ariguzo.
Easily one of the most accomplished and experienced Wildcats of recent, Ariguzo looks to make the jump to the pros after playing 48 games, 39 of which he started, at Northwestern. He earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten status three years in a row and finished tied for tenth on Northwestern's all-time leading tacklers list with 333 total tackles. A model of consistency at outside linebacker over the last three seasons, Ariguzo holds the statistics of an NFL prospect, but he might not have the athleticism to compete on the next level.
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Athleticism is the most glaring issue for Chi Chi. A 4.73 in the 40 yard dash is not great for an outside linebacker, and his lateral movement definitely isn't any better. The limited speed isn't aided by the angles he takes when backs break outside the tackles. Ariguzo is average, at best, in coverage too, although he has a knack for picking off a couple throws each season.