Godwin Igwebuike Draft Profile

Godwin Igwebuike draft profile

Strengths:

  • Highly intelligent with good physical traits
  • Three-year starter and 2017 team captain
  • Offers nickel linebacker versatility
  • Physical hitter who runs the alley to shortcut outside runs rather than waiting to play the angle
  • Has arm length and leaping ability to fight for 50-50 balls despite a lack of height
  • Will take short undercut routes underneath to close distance and play the ball
  • Productive cover man on special teams all four years

Analysis: Godwin Igwebuike is a strong safety candidate with physical play demeanor to bolster a team’s run support on the back end. Igwebuike is fearless as a downhill tackler and does a nice job of finding run fits when playing near the line. While he offers the ability to step inside on sub packages, he may lack the man cover talent to handle the slot and the instincts to make as many plays as teams would like from zone. A true team leader, Igwebuike was a three-year starter and voted a team captain in 2017. He will positively impact any locker room at the next level. In today’s NFL a safety who can play as a linebacker on passing downs is becoming coveted–and Godwin offers that to any team. His long arms allow him to fight for jump balls despite being listed at six-foot even. He loves contact and is willing to run up to the line to offer run support. He could be a backup to start his career, but he will be a special teams ace as a rookie.

Weaknesses:

  • Struggled when asked to match up man-to-man
  • Struggles to read routes
  • Responds to what he sees and not to what he anticipates from routes
  • Lacks instincts in zone coverage and is slow to close out throws
  • Inconsistent to wrap-up this season
  • Needs to do a better job of finding football when back is to quarterback
  • Has rigid, upright pedal and can be late to flip and run

Analysis:¬†Godwin Igwebuike¬†is a physical safety who has limitations in his game that will affect how early he sees the field in the pros. He lacks the instincts to read patterns and routes before the receiver makes his break–he tends to play the man instead of the ball in coverage. His back pedal leaves a lot to be desired and is rigid and slow in his flip. Despite logging 78 tackles last season, his tape was littered with missed opportunities for more tackles–overall his tape is solid but struggled to wrap up as a senior. Anticipation needs work. Won’t be asked to match up man-to-man with any superior athletes.

What the scouts say:¬†“I wanted to see more from him this year. I don’t know that he’s really improved much over the years. I think he’ll test well, but I just think he’s very average when he has to cover.” — NFC team Midwest scout

Size: 6’0 205lbs

Draft Grade: Day 3 grade

NFL Comparison: Adrian Amos

Draft Projection: Round 4-5

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