OBO OKORONKWO | DE/LB | OKLAHOMA
Height: 6015 | Weight: 253 | Arm: 33 3/4" | Hand: 9" | 40 TIme: 4.77 | Bench: 27 | 3Cone: 6.84 | Broad: 121" | Vertical: 38"
Ogbonnia “Obo” Okoronkwo is a fifth-year Senior who has started 26 of 46 games as a hybrid weakside DE/standing OLB and flipped between the right and left side of the line. Okoronkwo tallied an impressive 41 pressures and 9 sacks in 2017 and has registered 164 tackles, 34.5 TFLs and 21 sacks in his Sooners career. The Second-Team AP All-American selection earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where he showed his versatility to play as both an off-the-ball linebacker and edge rusher. Okoronkwo underwent shoulder surgery following the 2016 season and missed all of Spring 2017 rehabbing.
Okoronkwo is a shorter player with enormous wingspan, muscular frame and developed lower body. Okoronwko is an absolute freak athletically with special flexibility, bend and hip manipulation, and his 6.84 three cone time endorses the change of direction ability that Okoronkwo shows on tape.
As a pass rusher, Okoronkwo exhibits outstanding explosiveness and acceleration off the snap when he can mentally sync up with timing. Okoronkwo has a consistently explosive first step and shows unnatural bend when going wide around the tackle. Okoronkwo wins predominantly with a lightning quick counter move and penetrates going inside with a terrific swim move or outside with equal efficiency against offensive linemen. As a finisher, Okoronkwo makes attacking the football a priority when closing on the QB (five career forced fumbles) and is a tone setter on the defense. Okoronkwo plays every down for Oklahoma and his high volume of snaps affects his stamina as the game progresses. Okoronkwo is an extremely intelligent, tactically savvy football player who is always cognoscente of down and distance situations and even will try to “sell contact” and draw a holding call when he needs to take a breather due to his high snap volume. Okoronkwo shows most enthusiasm and effort during obvious passing situations and does well to utilize his arsenal of pass rush moves to win creatively against double teams. As a result, Okoronkwo will likely be very effective in a rotation in designated pass rusher packages at the NFL level. As a run defender, Okoronkwo shows good discipline in open space and has the willingness and motor to run down ball carriers with good range. Okoronkwo lacks the functional strength at the POA to consistently set an edge, which can make him a liability on early downs and goal line situations at the NFL level. Okoronkwo gets washed out by heavier blockers in the run game and struggles to plug holes and maintain gap integrity. Extremely hungry for sack production, Okoronwko tends to key in more on the QB in Zone Read situations, which can cause problems for teammates and allow ball carriers to get loose.
Okoronkwo is, by all accounts, a terrific team leader and was named team captain by Lincoln Riley prior to 2017 season along with Baker Mayfield and Steven Parker. Off the field, Okoronkwo was born to Nigerian parents who both work in the medical field, and interestingly Obo is the largest baby born in North Florida Regional Medical Center history at 12 pounds. Okoronkwo compares in body type and play style to Yannick Ngakoue and is best suited to play as weak side stand-up rush Linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Ngakoue projects as a day two pick due to his special pass rushing ability and motor, and if he can be more consistent as a run defender, he can turn into a special every down player.
Overall Grade: 81
Athletic Ability: 6
Play Strength: 5
Play Speed: 6
Competitive Toughness: 7
Finesse Moves: 4
Power Moves: 3
Gap Control: 2
Move Arsenal: 4
Player Comparison: Yannick Ngakoue
Projected Round: Round 2/3
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