Oklahoma outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo has a name that will be said in many many different ways in the next few months as he has been generating some early buzz in the 2017 season with his speed off the edge. At only 6’1″, 240 lbs, Okoronkwo may only be limited to the linebacker spot at the next level, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for him. He’s athletic for his size and it wouldn’t shock me if he posted similar combine numbers to Haason Reddick last year.

But it’s not just his speed that helps him beat offensive tackles off the edge, his prowess with pass rushing moves has elevated him to a new level:

Scheme Fit

But, despite all of these outstanding moves Okoronkwo does make, there is a big question mark to him, where exactly do you play him? At 6’1″ and 240 lbs he lacks the length most DEs have, and is undersized. If a team does pick Okoronkwo, they need to know how to use him. If I picked Okoronkwo, I’d put him at the 3-4 outside linebacker spot, or maybe even SAM linebacker. He doesn’t have the strength to play as a base 4-3 DE and would be a liability there. I think a Haason Reddick-like role for him is best. Allowing him to rush the passer on third down and playing him at linebacker on early downs would maximize his value.

When Should He Get Drafted?

I think Okoronkwo at the moment could hear his named called on the 2nd day of the draft, but if he lights it up at the Senior Bowl and the Combine, he could rise to first round status.

About The Author Ross OKeefe

Ross is a young writer from upstate New York who currently covers the NFL Draft for Breaking Football. He also covers the Giants for Pro Football Spot and cut his teeth as a writer at Fansided working on their news desk. He aspires to evolve into a beat writer for the Giants and has loved the game of football dearly since he was 11.