Strengths 

6'4"

Height

Weight

328

Bench
40-Time
10-Time
20-Time
26
4.93
Vertical
Broad Jump
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
29"
9'0"
3-Cone
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
7.82
10 1/4"
34 1/2"
85 3/8"

Final Grade

7.33

Injury History

Games Evaluated

Clemson ('21), Mississippi St ('21), Miami ('21)

Team Fit

Well distributed weight accross a thick athletic frame. Quick, coordinated, and powerful. Versatile lineman with a nasty disposition. Has rare combination of power and feet that will not allow him to fail at the next level. Drops defenders to the turf with scary indifference. Could excel at G or T. Athletic enough to lead on screens and impact the second level.

Weaknessess

Could be stressed by wide speed. Has good mirror but if anything stresses him, it's speed. Overcommits outside in his kickslide and is vulnerable to inside counter moves. May not stay at Tackle long-term; Guard may suit him better. at 6'4, has the frame of an interior lineman more than a OT1. All signs point to him excelling more in a phone booth than outside.

Big Picture

Ekwonu possesses rare raw power and the ability to physically dominate his opponent play in and play out. He's a work in progress in pass protection but will improve a power running game on day one. You have to find comfort in the fact that even if he's stressed outside at Tackle, he will surely flourish if moved inside to Guard. The floor for Ekwonu is as high as anyone in the draft. At worst, he's a dominate interrior lineman and at his best he's a dominate run blocking OT1. For a team afraid to miss in a draft with few can't miss prospects, Ekwonu may be one of the safest selections on Day One. He should be a day one starter and is going to add a physical dimension to an offense immediately. Be extremely surprised if Ekwonu makes it out of the top 10 picks in the 1st round.

Player Comp

Athleticism:

7.33

7.25

Explosive off of the ball. Packs a punch on initial contact and sustains with strength. Athletic; climbs to the second level and erases second level defenders when he gets his hands on them. Turns and drops second level defenders to the turf. Outmuscles defenders with ease. Feet can hang riding defenders to the perimeter, but if he's going to get beat, speed can stress him at the next level. Plus athlete for a power OT.

Quickness
Flexibility
Lateral Agility
Explosion
Balance
Play Strength
6.75
7
6.75
7.5
7.5
8.5

7.67

Run Blocking:

In-Line
Movement off L.O.S.
Reach Block
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
8
7.75
7.75
7.25
7.5
7.75

Big Play Ability

Excels in close quarters. Power to walk his man backward off the line. Athletically gifted to get out in space on outside runs and lead on screens. Locates and reaches second-level assignments with intent to put them on the ground. Plays tall at 6'4 and can get away with it, but would love to see more bend in his game.

Pass Blocking:

7.29

Sets quickly with active hands and good arm extension. Dramatic kickstep in pass protection could leave him exposed to counter moves inside. Hands get outside too often which could lead to penalty concerns at the next level. Can not bullrush this man; anchor is a stout as they come and deadens bullrush as soon as his hands get on the defender. Good feet once he's engaged; stalls defenders and rides them outside. Active and powerful with his punch.

Quick Set
Protect Corner
Mirror Ability
Anchor/Reset Ability
Ability to Combat Inside Move
Hands/Punch
7.5
6.75
7
8
6.5
8

Competitiveness:

8.17

7.25

Plays an aggressive brand of football. Wants to bury his assignment until the whistle blows. Ragdolls second level defenders. Looks like the most powerful man on the field on almost every play. Pop from initial contact snaps back the head of bullrushers.

Toughness
Consistency/Motor
Mauling Ability
8.5
8
8

Intelligence:

7.25

7.25

Best in a phone booth but can handle work outside. Could thrive at G or T at the next level depending on scheme. Frame, athletic ability, and nasty demeanor to excel at tackle or guard at the next level. Adjusts well to stunts and aware.

Communication
Handle Games/Stunts
Position Versatility
7
6.75
8
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Ikem Ekwonu

OT

NC State

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