Vikings Select Elon T Olisaemeka Udoh in the 6th Round of the NFL Draft

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In the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft the Vikings selected Elon T Olisaemeka Udoh.

Player Bio

Udoh was one of the top scholar-athletes in North Carolina's Cape Fear Region while attending Fayetteville's Sanford High School. He stayed in-state to play football, redshirting his first season with the Phoenix. He grabbed the starting spot at right tackle in 2015 and never let go. Udoh started all 11 games in 2015 on the right side, all 11 games in 2016, and all 12 contests in 2017. He did not earn all-conference honors in any of those three seasons, but was a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection in 2018 and recognized as an Academic All-Conference pick multiple times.

Overview

Mammoth right tackle prospect with intriguing developmental traits as both a run blocker and in pass protection. Udoh lacks the quickness for move-blocking duties but has power to generate push against opponents in front of him. There are exploitable holes in his pass sets for the NFL, but his size, length and potential for improvement in that phase are worthy of taking a shot on as a Day 3 draft-and-develop prospect that might require a year on the practice squad.

Strengths

  • Tree trunks for legs with broad waist, burly chest and long arms
  • Natural power with ability to engulf and bulldoze stationary opponents
  • Flashes some nasty as a finisher
  • Size can factor in his favor at point of attack
  • Good rhythm in kick slides
  • Has feet for early mirror work to counter two-way rushers
  • Adequate quickness to roadblock the arc
  • Grip strength with plus power in his hands
  • Carries pop at the end of his length to disorient the rush
  • Has tools to improve with additional coaching

Weaknesses

  • Below-average quickness and timing in work-up blocks
  • Unable to hit his landmarks on reach blocks
  • Could be limited by scheme fit
  • Attacks run blocks with underhooks rather than a leveraged strike
  • Opens outside half early in vertical sets
  • Carries hands too low and is often tardy with them in pass sets
  • Speed-to-power rushers catch his frame and create some early push into pocket
  • Lacks athleticism for extended mirroring around the top of the arc

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