Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.
Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Scout: Kyle Crabbs
Name: Chukwuma Okorafor
Position: Offensive Tackle
Date of Birth: Not Available
College: Western Michigan
High School: Southfield (MI)
Games Played: 39
Games Started: 27
Team Captain: No
Production: Production not available for Offensive Linemen prospects.
High School: Consensus 3-star offensive tackle prospect. Family moved to the United States from the Republic of Botswana. Began playing football as a sophomore in high school. 2013 All-American.
College: Spent 2014 and 2015 seasons at right tackle before moving to the left side in 2016. 2016 first-team All-MAC.
Strengths: Looked the part down the stretch against Wisconsin in a high profile match up at the end of 2016. Physically capable of engulfing defenders at the point of attack and has driven bodies far off the ball in drive block situations. Has powerful lower half and pairs strength through the ground with good foot activity to stay sticky once movement is created. Has desirable length to protect on the edge and run defenders beyond their target on pass rush track.
Weaknesses: Needs to sharpen hand work and be more assertive to throw punches and stun defenders early on in reps. In spite of excellent mirror ability, is guilty of freezing and folding at the waist to chase in space. Is irregular with kick slide and driving for depth on deep sets, will square to pass rushers too soon and allow for a diminished angle coming off the edge.
Summary: Western Michigan Tackle Chukwuma Okorafor is an exciting prospect entering his final season with the Broncos. Okorafor showcases an uncommon blend of size, mobility and power. As a green player who only has six years of the sport under his belt, there’s a good chance that Okorafor continues to develop in his senior season and improves on the inconsistencies in his game.
But even as is, the physical skill set and flashes of dominance at the point of attack are enough to warrant attention. Not only does Chukwuma Okorafor show starting skills, his ceiling is that of a true difference maker along the offensive line. Improving his punch urgency and adding a more consistent kick slide to his arsenal as a blocker would do wonders in eliminating some streaky play.