NAME: Albert Okwuegbunam
POSITION: Tight End
CLASS: RS Sophomore
JERSEY: No. 81
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 260 lbs
PROS: Height, length and frame are outstanding. Has shown the ability to snag the ball outside his frame with soft hands. Straight-line athleticism is solid, has the speed to get down the seam. Consistently split out wide and showed the ability to be a vertical threat in the middle of the field.
High-point abilities are enticing. Attacks the ball in the air and won’t let it get into his chest. Shows the ability to work around to snag off-target throws. Did his best work in the red zone, consistently utilizing his length and ball skills. Frame and willingness are there as a blocker, just needs to improve technique and finishing.
CONS: Has enough speed in a straight-line, but appears stiff-hipped and does not create separation out of his route-breaks. Explosive gear to detach from man coverage isn’t there. One speed tight end who will be eliminate easier by coverage ‘backers and safeties in the NFL. Routes are sloppy and not crisp, attention to detail will have to improve significantly this season.
Long way to go as a blocker based on his redshirt freshman tape. Needs to show more tenacity and better hand placement in 1v1 exchanges, too often falls off contact and doesn’t take control of his opponent when given the chance. Comes into blocks high and gets knocked back as a result. Pass protection was mostly hanging on for dear life.
Post-catch abilities are non-existent. Not creative, elusive or physical with the ball in his hands. Tons of his production came over the middle of the field unchecked by coverage. Will have to deal with chips and jams in the NFL that he hasn’t seen in college.