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: Joe Marino –
|Date of Birth:||N/A|
|High School:||Alief Taylor, Texas|
|High School:||Three-star recruit|
|College:||2016 – Second Team All-Big 12|
|Production||84 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 pass breakups|
|Strengths:||Able to generate pressure on the passer with twitch, quickness and finesse. Has good initial get off and speed off the edge to stress the offensive tackles kick slide. Aims low and wraps up as a tackler. Excellent backside run defender that stays square and pursues down the line of scrimmage. Gap savvy player.|
|Weaknesses:||Battles but lacks mass and strength to exchange power in the trenches. Doesn’t compliment his finesse and twitch with ideal play strength. Lackadaisical player in pursuit; passive when rallying to the football and more urgency is needed. Slow to recognize routes to his zone and calculated when working into throwing lanes.|
Breaking out in his junior season, Okoronkwo emerged as a playmaker for the Sooners defense.
As a pass rusher, Okoronkwo is able to create pressure with fakes/jukes that make him difficult to square up and his juice off the edge is challenging for offensive tackles feet to keep up with. Although his rush is stymied with a well-timed punch, Okoronkwo does well to reduce his surface area and make that difficult to happen.
Against the run, Okoronkwo is best when he is clean from blocks. When that is the case, Okoronkwo takes sound angles, closes distances quickly and finishes well. He is guilty of an occasional whiff in space but it’s not overly concerning.
In pass coverage, Okoronkwo must speed up his processing as he is late to pickup receivers in his zone and there is hesitation when breaking into throwing lanes. He lacks a natural feel.
Okoronkwo skill set fits best in a defense that is multiple where he can rush the passer from the edge and have opportunities to showcase his short area burst against the run with a stout defensive line in front of him.
|Predicted Value Range:||3rd – 4th round|