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: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
Position: Edge Defender
Date of Birth: N/A
High School: Alief Taylor (TX)
Games Played: 32
Games Started: 12
Team Captain: N/A
Production: 84 tackles, 13.0 sacks, 17.0 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumbles
High School: Consensus 3-star defensive end prospect. Turned down offers from Missouri, Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Texas Tech and Utah, among others. Originally committed to Oklahoma State.
College: 2016 second-team All-Big 12 (coaches and AP). 9 sacks in 2016 tied Eric Striker for most in Oklahoma single-season history by a linebacker. 13 career sacks are fourth-most in Oklahoma history by a linebacker.
Strengths: Great proportion of twitch and explosiveness for frame. Has an effective burst releasing from a two point stance to gain depth at the line of scrimmage and pressure blockers. Has shown ability to drop the inside shoulder and dip under potential blocks; showcasing desirable levels of tilt through the hips and lower half. Ability to crash down the line of scrimmage and impact plays going away is present and long speed in notable. Has speed to power ability to come back inside, will press through lateral contact and continue without much effort towards target.
Weaknesses: Short and lacking in length, which hasn’t caught up to him yet but will give him fits against more NFL ready tackles. Often looks to attack rushes without a plan, or will pre-determine a counter move without allowing tackle’s pass set to dictate where to go. Is going to need to add some notable polish with how he gets hands off of frame, lack of length shows up when trying to lock horns and stack blockers.
Summary: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is a work in progress, but he does possess some baseline traits that are required for successful NFL pass rushers. No, he doesn’t fit the ideal mold from a physical stature, but he’s twitchy with a high motor and great levels of tilt. In that regard, his height can at times be advantageous, as his low center of gravity can tilt easier. Physically, Okoronkwo looks ready for the next level. He’s never going to be a defender who plays all downs with his hand in the dirt, his usage looks to be optimized with some reps in space.
Already having been afforded the chance to show some versatility, Okoronkwo will be an interesting study as he continues to develop and mature (just 12 career starts) as a starter. His pass rush arsenal does need to be more flexible, too often he’ll commit to a move without taking avenues that tackles are giving.