PROS: Shows a decent first. Has a nice motor and uses his hands. Has experience dropping off in coverage on zone blitzes.
CONS: Lacks edge speed and quickness to get pressure on the quarterback consistently. Has trouble getting off blocks and thus needs to improve his hand technique. Lacks range and a limited athlete when working in space.
OVERVIEW: PLayed both inside and outside for Jayhawks. Only started one year, but his production in that single year matched the two previous seasons as a reserve combined. Had 6 sacks, 11 TFLs, 1 INT, and 1 forced fumble as a senior.
NFL FORECAST: Onyegbule isn't explosive or athletic enough to make an impact on the edge in a 4-3 scheme. His best chance of sticking in the pros is bulking up some more and becoming a 5-technique player at end in a 3-4 scheme. If he could put on another 10-20 pounds, he has a chance to stick as a backup. He gets by mostly with his motor, which is good enough to catch a coach's eye, but he's going to have to outwork all of his competition. He's a guy that might bounce around the league for a few summers, but in two or three years might have bulked up just enough and developed enough technique through his journeys that he can finally stick on a roster as a reserve. But more than likely, he's a career practice squad type that will have to really impress a team with his motor and/or special teams ability to stick more than a year or two.
ATL FORECAST: He's not completely different a player than Maurice Lucas, who managed to make the Falcons practice squad last year. Although he's probably still a step down from Lucas. But you never know, the Falcons might be one of those teams that like his motor and work ethic enough to give him a shot on the practice squad. But in the Falcons 4-3 scheme, he has limited upside unless they think he can become a top-flight run stopper on the outside. His pass rush potential is just too limited for him to be anything more than an adequate fourth end in a rotation.
VALUE: His athleticism and pass rush ability are too limited to merit a pick. But somebody should bring him into camp as a free agent.
Scouting reports of defensive ends in the 2010 draft.
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