Tue. Jun 25th, 2019

FCS Diamonds in the Rough: Oli Udoh

With The NFL Combine coming to a close, the picture of the draft for the Cleveland Browns is starting to get clearer and clearer. What is still up in the air is what they will do in the later rounds, which can make or break a draft and it is my favorite place to dive into. Nothing intrigues me more than these late round picks, where you can find the next Hall of Famer with little-to-no risk at all. The first player in this year’s series of FCS Diamonds in the Rough is Elon University senior offensive tackle Oli Udoh.

Oli Udoh is a behemoth of a lineman weighing in at 323 pounds and coming in at a height of 6’5. He was a force to be reckoned with at 19th ranked Elon. His pure dominance of defensive lineman earned him an invite to the 2019 East-West Shrine Bowl, where he put on a clinic. He did so well that he even earned a late invitation to the Senior Bowl and much like the Shrine Bowl, he once again showed off his raw talent. He then came into The Combine as one of just a handful of FCS players and showed that his physical traits can match up with the best offensive linemen in the country. He ran a 5.05 40-yard dash, which is the same as Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins and was in the top 10 for fastest 40’s for linemen. He also put up a respectable 26 bench press reps, a 28.5″ vertical and a 105″ broad jump.

He would be a great fit for the Browns, while he still has some skills he needs to refine, such as some minor footwork issues; he has the potential to be the next Larry Allen. I think under Freddie Kitchens and James Campen he can really focus on those skills and be a solid back up for Joel Bitonio or Austin Corbett. He has the size and skills to be an NFL starter. I think we could probably steal him in the 6th round, despite some projections have him going in the 5th.

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