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Name: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo 
College: Oklahoma     Number: 31
Height: 6-1   Weight: 243
Position: DE  Pos2: OLB  Class/Draft Year: rSr/2018
40 Low: 4.62
  40 Time: 4.72
   40 High: 4.82

Projected Round: 2      Stock: 
Rated number 6 out of 163 DE's     50 / 2381 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6013
Weight: 243

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Dates: 03/14/18
Hand: 09 1/4  Arm: 34 1/2
Wingspan: 79 1/4

Height: 6013
Weight: 243

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 Data Scout Notes: **2017: Co-DPOYC/1stC...PBednarik...2016: 2ndC...2015: NAC...2014: NA
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  Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
Oklahoma Sooners
Defensive End
6-1, 243, 4.72 #31
Houston, Texas
Alief Taylor High School
Born 4-24-1996


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  01/27/18 - Top 15 Senior Bowl Performers: 4. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE/OLB, Oklahoma...At only 6-foot-1 and 243 pounds, Okoronkwo is immediately viewed as a "tweener" by many, but his competitive drive fits any scheme. He lined up primarily with his hand on the ground during practices and used his natural leverage and 34 1/2-inch arms to put blockers on skates. After his productive 2017 season and Senior Bowl practices, Okoronkwo has made a strong case to be a top-five pass rusher in this class. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/19/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma Sr. Houston, Texas/Alief Taylor,...A senior, Okoronkwo was tabbed the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year with Texas' Malik Jefferson. Okoronkwo is the fifth Sooner, and the third linebacker, to win the award, joining Frank Alexander (2011), Rufus Alexander (2006), Teddy Lehman (2003) and Roy Williams (2001). A native of Houston, Texas, Okoronkwo ranks second in the Big 12 and is tied for 21st nationally with 8.0 sacks (0.7 per game), ranks second in the Big 12 and tied for 17th nationally with three forced fumbles, and ranks second in the league and ninth nationally with 17.5 tackles for loss (1.5 per game).

12/01/17 - 2017 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma, DE/LB, Sr., Houston, Texas,...A senior, Okoronkwo was tabbed the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year with Texas' Malik Jefferson. Okoronkwo is the fifth Sooner, and the third linebacker, to win the award, joining Frank Alexander (2011), Rufus Alexander (2006), Teddy Lehman (2003) and Roy Williams (2001). A native of Houston, Texas, Okoronkwo ranks second in the Big 12 and is tied for 21st nationally with 8.0 sacks (0.7 per game), ranks second in the Big 12 and tied for 17th nationally with three forced fumbles, and ranks second in the league and ninth nationally with 17.5 tackles for loss (1.5 per game). - Oklahoma Football


 Overview

  Okronkwo arrived at Oklahoma at only 205 pounds after offers from a few strong Big 12 programs, and immediately took a redshirt year to continue his development and familiarity with the game of football. Though not everything clicked as quickly as his coaches would like.

But despite a warning of getting only one more chance to “get it” following his freshman year, “Obo” never quit, and bulked up to 245 by the 2016 season, without sacrificing his speed. His understanding of the game grew, as well, leading to nine sacks that season, which tied for the most in OU single-season history by a linebacker.

That effort earned him second-team All-Big 12 honors, and led to his breakout effort as a full-time starter in 2017, where he claimed First-team All-America (Walter Camp) honors.The awards circuit took notice, too, naming Okoronkwo a semifinalist for the Bednarik, Butkus, and Lott Trophies, while his conference voted him co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

BACKGROUND
Is the largest baby ever born at the North Florida Regional Medical Center, weighing in at 12 pounds. Both parents immigrated from Nigeria and wanted “Obo” to pursue a career in Medicine or Law, which led Okoronkwo to hide the fact that he’d joined his high school team until he admitted his after school hobby to his parents before his senior season.


 Analysis

  Strengths
Has a strong upper body with long arms and excellent wingspan, allowing him to stay extended and keep blockers away from his frame. Uses a quick first step combined with a slick spin move to pressure offensive linemen. Does a nice job of keeping outside containment against the run and shows some solid awareness in zone coverage. Turns the corner hard as a pass rusher and dips and bends to really press the pocket around the edge. Has a relentless spirit, does not slow down until the whistle. Has enough straight-line speed to run plays down from the backside and reach stretch runs. Is naturally athletic and is strong and in control at the initial point of contact with blockers. Uses hands persistently when fighting to disengage. Has a bull’s mentality when rushing straight ahead. Can rush with his hand in the dirt or from a standing position. — Hunter Ansley 2/2/2018

Weaknesses
Although he does a nice job of maintaining leverage, he struggles to disengage from offensive linemen if his first move is unsuccessful. Can be overwhelmed by bigger blockers and driven back off the ball in the run game. Was not utilized as a pure pass rusher often enough in college and his repertoire of moves reflects that. Will get caught up in traffic trying to fight across or up the field to the ball. Can get myopic and focused more on his blocker than on the ball. Does not move well in man coverage and lacks the lateral agility to make a ton of plays in space. — Hunter Ansley 2/2/2018

Compares to: Everette Brown, Retired - Brown had a little more violence to his game, but both players possess a strong upper body, a consistent motor, and a dangerous first step. Brown and Obo also measured in a little shorter but had longer arms that they used well to keep blockers off of their frames while dipping and bending around the edge, and both were better when playing along the line in a 4-man front rather than standing in a 3-4.

In our view: Okoronkwo really helped himself at Senior Bowl practices by showing that his relentless demeanor and natural strength could translate into production from not just a standing position, but with his hand in the dirt along the line. He’s more of a straight-line player than a guy you’ll want moving laterally in coverage or off the ball, but he provides enough as a pure pass rusher with a high enough ceiling athletically to have pushed himself into the Round 2 conversation. The end of the first round isn’t impossible if a team is looking for a strict role-player off the edge.


 2017 Season

  First Team All-American (Walter Camp) ... Second Team All-American (AP, FWAA, Sporting News) ... semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, Butkus Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy ... named the co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team by the league's coaches ... has started all 13 games ... finished with six tackles against TCU in the Big 12 Championship Game (12/2) ... recovered a fumble and had three tackles against West Virginia (11/25) ... produced four tackles, including 1.5 for loss, at Kansas (11/18) ... posted five tackles, including 2.0 for loss, against TCU (11/11) ... recovered a fumble, broke up a pass and finished with two tackles, including a sack, at Oklahoma State (11/4) ... led the team with 10 tackles, including a sack, against Texas Tech (10/28) ... made five tackles with 2.0 for loss at Kansas State (10/21) ... named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after posting five tackles, 1.0 sack, a forced fumble, a pass breakup and five quarterback hurries against Texas (10/14) ... registered six tackles with 1.5 for loss and 0.5 sacks against Iowa State (10/7) ... finished with six tackles, including a strip sack to clinch the win, at Baylor (9/23) ... forced a fumble and tied for team lead with nine tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and one sack, against Tulane (9/16) ... produced six tackles and tied career high with 2.5 TFL, including 1.5 sacks, at Ohio State (9/9) ... tied for team lead with four tackles, including 2.0 TFL, one of which was a sack, against UTEP (9/2)

 2016 Season

  Named second-team All-Big 12 by league’s coaches and AP ... his 9.0 sacks tied Eric Striker for most in OU single-season history by a linebacker and were third most in Big 12 overall on year ... paced squad and tied for fifth in Big 12 with 12.0 tackles for loss (for 62 yards) ... recorded four tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in Sugar Bowl win over Auburn (1/2) ... led team with nine tackles against Oklahoma State (12/3) while also adding a pair of sacks, a forced fumble and a QB hurry ... missed Kansas (10/29) game due to injury ... notched a career-high 11 tackles against Texas (10/8) while also forcing a fumble and adding his first career pass breakup ... recorded six tackles and career-high 2.5 tackles for loss and a pair of crucial late sacks at TCU (10/1) ... had 2.0 TFL and nine tackles in first career start vs. Houston (9/3).

 2015 Season

  Played in nine games (did not play in final four games of season) ... recorded a sack at Kansas (10/31) ... tied career high with three tackles, including a sack, at Kansas State (10/17) ... made two tackles against Tulsa (9/19) ... recorded a career-high three tackles against Akron (9/5).

 2014 Season

  Played in 11 of 13 games, missing contests at TCU (10/4) and against Oklahoma State (12/6) ... matched season high with two tackles and had personal-best 1.5 sacks against Clemson in Russell Athletic Bowl (12/29) ... set season high with two tackles, including one tackle for loss, against Kansas (11/22) ... had one tackle at Iowa State (11/1) ... assisted on a sack against Texas (10/11) ... recorded one tackle at West Virginia (9/20) ... assisted on a tackle in Sooners debut against Louisiana Tech (8/30).

 2013 Season

  Redshirted.

 High School

  Three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN, Scout, PrepStar and 247Sports ... No. 15 defensive end (247Sports) ... also had offers from Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and West Virginia.

 Personal

  Son of Augusta Okoronkwo ... majoring in political science ... name pronounced o-BO-ny-uh o-kor-RON-kwo.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
01/27/18 - Top 15 Senior Bowl Performers: 4. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE/OLB, Oklahoma...At only 6-foot-1 and 243 pounds, Okoronkwo is immediately viewed as a "tweener" by many, but his competitive drive fits any scheme. He lined up primarily with his hand on the ground during practices and used his natural leverage and 34 1/2-inch arms to put blockers on skates. After his productive 2017 season and Senior Bowl practices, Okoronkwo has made a strong case to be a top-five pass rusher in this class. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/19/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma Sr. Houston, Texas/Alief Taylor,...A senior, Okoronkwo was tabbed the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year with Texas' Malik Jefferson. Okoronkwo is the fifth Sooner, and the third linebacker, to win the award, joining Frank Alexander (2011), Rufus Alexander (2006), Teddy Lehman (2003) and Roy Williams (2001). A native of Houston, Texas, Okoronkwo ranks second in the Big 12 and is tied for 21st nationally with 8.0 sacks (0.7 per game), ranks second in the Big 12 and tied for 17th nationally with three forced fumbles, and ranks second in the league and ninth nationally with 17.5 tackles for loss (1.5 per game). - Oklahoma Football
12/01/17 - 2017 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma, DE/LB, Sr., Houston, Texas,...A senior, Okoronkwo was tabbed the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year with Texas' Malik Jefferson. Okoronkwo is the fifth Sooner, and the third linebacker, to win the award, joining Frank Alexander (2011), Rufus Alexander (2006), Teddy Lehman (2003) and Roy Williams (2001). A native of Houston, Texas, Okoronkwo ranks second in the Big 12 and is tied for 21st nationally with 8.0 sacks (0.7 per game), ranks second in the Big 12 and tied for 17th nationally with three forced fumbles, and ranks second in the league and ninth nationally with 17.5 tackles for loss (1.5 per game). - Oklahoma Football
10/16/17 - OCT 16 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma senior defensive end/outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts in a 29-24 win over Texas in the Red River Showdown on Saturday in Dallas. Okoronkwo led the Oklahoma defense by registering five tackles, 1.0 sack for a loss of nine yards, a forced fumble, a pass breakup and a career-high five quarterback hurries (three of them in the fourth quarter). Okoronkwo's consistent presence in the Texas backfield helped OU limit the Longhorns to a 48.8 completion percentage (21 for 43). The Sooners also held UT to 3.6 yards per rush.

The 6-1, 240-pounder from Houston leads the Big 12 and is tied for eighth nationally with 6.0 sacks (1.0 per game), paces the Big 12 and is tied for second nationally with three forced fumbles, and ranks second in the league with 10.0 tackles for loss (1.7 per game). He has 19.0 career sacks to rank second at OU among linebackers and tied for 11th among all players. Okoronkwo has recorded at least half of a sack in each of OU's six games and at least one full sack in five contests. This is the first time Okoronkwo has been named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week in his career, and he's the first Sooner to receive the honor this year. His win also marks the fifth straight season that Oklahoma has had a player win the award. - Oklahoma Football

07/10/17 - 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watchlist: LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma,...Named second-team All-Big 12 by league's coaches and AP in 2016... his 9.0 sacks tied Eric Striker for most in OU single-season history by a linebacker and were third most in Big 12 overall on year ... paced squad and tied for fifth in Big 12 with 12.0 tackles for loss (for 62 yards) ... recorded four tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in Sugar Bowl win over Auburn (1/2). - Oklahoma Football

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