Ogbonnia Okoronkwo NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Los Angeles Rams' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

File-This Nov. 4, 2017, file photo shows Oklahoma defender Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (31) sacking Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) during an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla. Okoronkwo was selected to the AP All-America team announced Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
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POSITIVES

—Posted excellent production last two years at Oklahoma with 17 sacks.

—Able to get under the hands of blockers with natural leverage and good pad height.

—Excellent chase-and-tackle player who comes around the edge with body control and awareness.

—When left unprotected on the end of the line, he can be unstoppable.

—Initial quickness allows him to beat college blockers off the ball.

       

NEGATIVES

—Lacks ideal height, weight and timed speed (6'1 ⅝", 253 lbs, 4.77) for an edge-rusher and packed on 10 pounds for the combine.

—Tight-hipped and doesn't turn the corner or bend well.

—Played in a scheme that has generated stats for average players (Eric Striker).

—Has one move and cannot recover or reset if he's met by a blocker.

—Takes a lot of wasted steps and tries to be too cute. Finesse player.

       

OVERALL

The hype surrounding Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is confusing. He posted good production against bad talent in the Big 12 and lacks the athletic tools to succeed in the NFL. He's a role player at best who needs to be scheme-protected to make plays.

      

GRADE: 5.70 (Round 4)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Howard Jones, Chicago Bears

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