Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Draft Profile

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo draft profile

Strengths:

  • Compact build with thick shoulders and well-built legs
  • Flashes NFL power on tape
  • Attacks the pocket with natural instincts as a rusher
  • Uses hesitation moves, changes pace and alters his path to the quarterback
  • Lauded for growth and maturity since first coming into the program
  • Plays with decent strength at the point of attack
  • Able to accelerate to the flanks to help run down the ball
  • Posted impressive tackle numbers thanks to quick disengage and finish

Analysis: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo or “Obo” as he’s known¬†shared the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award with Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson in 2017. Obo posted 76 tackles, a team-high 17.5 for loss and eight sacks, as well as two pass break-ups and three forced fumbles. He was also named second-team All-American with Jefferson by the Associated Press for his efforts. Obo may not be the most athletic edge rusher, but his motor is always running and he picks up tackles and sacks on pure effort alone. He has decent strength even when matched up with bigger lineman. Has a solid idea of what he wants to do when he rushes the passer, but he could add more moves to his arsenal.

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks the length teams will look for from a full-time 3-4 OLB
  • Needs to improve technique and consistency setting edge
  • Tight-hipped, face up rusher
  • First rush step is a false step
  • Beat inferior Big 12 tackles with power and effort over athletic traits as rusher
  • Need more violence in hands
  • Lacks experience in coverage and will get lost at times

Analysis: Ogbonnia¬†Okoronkwo doesn’t possess the height, weight and length teams usually want on the edge and he doesn’t have the bend or athletic traits to supersede his deficiencies. With that said, he’s solidly built and plays with good aggression and motor. He lacks the physical and athletic traits that would make him a more dangerous NFL rusher, but he flashes some explosiveness and has enough room for improvement that he should develop into a solid NFL backup with eventual starter potential. He will likely be a 3-4 OLB in the NFL but he will struggle early on in coverage. He is still learning the technique and looks lost at times in zone and man coverage. He dominated the lesser teams in the Big 12 where he was superior to his direct matchup. WOuld like to see more aggression and violence in his hands when he rushes the passer.

Size: 6’2 253lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Dadi Nicolas

Draft Projection: Round 3-4

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