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Prospect Profile: Western Michigan T Chukwuma Okorafor

Posted Mar 26, 2018

Chukwuma Okorafor

Tackle | Western Michigan | Senior

Height: 6-foot-6| Weight: 320 pounds

College Stats

2017: started all 12 games at left tackle; played 902 snaps (a team-high 835 offensive plays, 67 on special teams); helped Western Michigan rank 21st in FBS with 224.8 rushing yards per game; First-Team All-American selection by FWAA and Phil Steele; Second-Team All-American selection by Walter Camp and Sports Illustrated; semifinalist for Outland Trophy; First-Team All-Mid-American Conference selection

Career: played in 51 games (39 starts — 13 at right tackle in 2015 and 26 at left tackle from 2016-17); helped Jamuari Bogan rush for 1,051 yards and 16 touchdowns to garner MAC Freshman of Year Award in 2015; First-Team All-MAC selection in 2016 and 2017; helped Broncos finish 24th in rushing and allow just 16 sacks in 2016

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 5.31 seconds
Bench press: 19 reps of 225 pounds
Broad jump: 8 feet, 6 inches
Vertical jump: 23.5 inches
3-cone drill: 7.87 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.8 seconds

Profile

Summary: Okorafor’s family immigrated to the United States from Botswana in 2010. After first trying football at Southfield High School (Michigan), Okorafor played for Golden Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck and teamed with former Viking Willie Beavers at Western Michigan. Okorafor moved from right tackle to left tackle in 2016 after Beavers was drafted and earned the first of consecutive placements on the All-MAC First Team.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein was impressed by Okorafor’s “thick, well-proportioned frame.” Zierlein wrote that Okorafor’s “size and potential will likely get him drafted earlier than where the tape says he should go” and projected him as a second or third rounder.

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks ranked Okorafor as the fourth-best tackle before and after the combine.

Quick progression: Okorafor explained during a session with reporters at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine that he had been recruited to join the Southfield football team during his high school gym class. He said he had never watched football until his family moved to the United States.

Okorafor credited his high school coach for taking time to help him develop and applying what he learned by watching football as reasons for his success.

“After my first year, it’s like, ‘Wow, I’m blessed to play the sport I love.’ Looking back at where I came from, most people would say it doesn’t make sense how far I’ve come in such a short time,” Okorafor said. “I’m just blessed to be here.”