Teams looking to beef up their defensive line will have plenty of options at tackle to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Levi Onwuzurike. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on the former Washington lineman.
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Levi Onwuzurike Draft Profile
Onwuzurike played all across the line as part of a talented rotation in Seattle, and he proved to be a disruptive force. He’s undersized but exceedingly nimble, quick and slippery when working his way into the backfield. He seems to go into every snap with a plan and uses his long arms and quick hands effectively. He also features one of the better spin moves in this class. He rarely gets squared up for long before he’s in the backfield.
He has a relatively small frame for the inside — Onwuzurike might realistically top out at 300 pounds, and holding his own as a run defender on the interior will be a challenge, especially as he often plays too high and sacrifices leverage and power. He’s inconsistent in the pass rush, in large part due to a slow get-off.
Onwuzurike is a one-gapping lineman, and he might ultimately fit as a 3-technique, nose shade or penetrating 5-technique at the next level. His ability to get upfield as a disruptor is exactly what teams are looking for.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round
(Top photo courtesy of gohuskies.com)