Expert Opinion: Chukwuma Okorafor’s Profile
At 6’6″ 330, Okarafor doesn’t always play to his size. That’s why he won’t be picked until the second or third day in this upcoming draft. However, one expert thinks differently:
Watching the tape, it’s hard to tell Okorafor was a fairly latecomer to the game, as his physical tools are only enhanced by his use of polished technique and awareness. A strong showing during offseason workout events could easily sneak him into the first round, and he could be a huge steal if he lasts into Day 2.
As a newcomer to football, his success in college may take more time to translate to the NFL than the rest of the deep offensive line class.
At the Combine, he ran a 5.31 40-yard dash, 19 bench rep presses, 23.5 verticle jump and a 102 broad jump. Those are very pedestrian numbers. With offensive lineman, the bench press is the biggest indicator and 19 isn’t very good. Running back Saquon Barkley got up to 29 and he’s in an entirely different position class.
It will be interesting to see where Okorafor lands because he has so much potential, but is definitely another project player.