PROSPECT SUMMARY – ADETOKUNBO OGUNDEJI
Adetokunbo Ogundeji projects as a developmental starting defensive lineman at the NFL level. With prototypical length, heavy hands, and a pleasant amount of get-off, Ogundeji has the kinds of traits that will command the eyes of defensive coaches and have them ready to invest in a chance to work with a physically-gifted prospect. Ogundeji enjoyed a fruitful final season with the Irish, setting a career high in sacks (6.0) as a member of the Irish defense and showcasing plenty of appeal along the way. Any team looking to get the most out of Ogundeji will have multiple avenues to get there: They can implement him in a tight alignment off the edge or they could potentially explore adding mass to his frame; he carries 270 very well and could potentially add more to become more of an interior hybrid player as well. If he stacks weight, he has the potential to be a high-volume snap-taker. He quickly added 30-plus pounds of muscle upon his arrival in South Bend, so whether or not he’s still capable of adding without sacrificing athleticism does add some risk to a forecast on the interior—but any projection and forecast will likely require patience along the way.
Ideal Role: Developmental edge rusher or hybrid defensive lineman.
Scheme Fit: Multiple front defense, gap control philosophies up front.
Written by: Kyle Crabbs
Games watched: Boston College (2019), Florida State (2020), Clemson (2020), Alabama (2020)
Best Game Studied: Florida State (2020)
Worst Game Studied: Alabama (2020)
First-Step Explosiveness: Ogundeji does have a fair amount of spring and on obvious pass-rushing downs, he is capable of driving out of his stance with an effective first step. His ability to coil is hindered by his long frame and only modest flexibility, however—he feels like he’s somewhat restricted to make the most of his actual linear athleticism.
Flexibility: He doesn’t show a great deal of tilt or flexibility in either lateral or linear scenarios—he’s long-bodied and fairly high-hipped, so generating a lot of coil is not one of his standout qualities. He still plays with a big influence because of his length and general athleticism, but he doesn’t flatten off the edge with consistency and he’ll need to be aware of his pad level to consistently win the P.O.A.
Hand Counters: I actually was impressed with the activity and nuance that Ogundeji showed here. He’s got a mean long-arm stab and will convert into a chop or side scissor to attack at the wrist and drop hands off his frame. His hand power to pull or yank a blocker off their platform offers him a nice power counter, as well.
Length: Prototypical box checked on this front. Ogundeji has all the length you’d possibly expect from an NFL defensive lineman and he knows how to use it. His extension skills are very strong and he will make securing blocks on his chest very difficult to sink in. Because of this, he’s keen on scraping and sliding off of blocks effectively.
Hand Power: He’s fairly nuanced with his hands, but he’s still a power player first and foremost. I really like his forecast as a tight alignment to help stuff up offensive tackles and win real estate in the run fit. Despite his length, he generates ample force and will stun finesse tackles while offering the chance to outreach all comers.
Run Defending: Any time you have someone with this level of length and the ability to drive up the field, he’s going to have a significant presence on the edge. Ogundeji does well to keep that presence and avoid getting washed out—he’s a viable edge setter thanks to his functional strength to hold ground and prevent his momentum from being used against him. He’s a better influence player at this point than he is a finisher, however.
Effort/Motor: He has persistent push and does well to continue fighting with hands and driving feet through contact to continue his collapse of blockers. I appreciate his willingness to transition from one counter to the next; not content to simply dance with blockers if his first press upfield is stonewalled.
Football IQ: Fairly developed with his hands and I love that he understands the value of separation. His rushes aren’t always framed cleanly and he can do himself more favors to find wins with how he approaches tackles prior to contact. Production has not equaled the traits just yet either, but 2020 was a step in the right direction to put everything together on the field.
Lateral Mobility: He’s much more impactful on shallow angles than he is as someone looking to cross face or flash outside against speed concepts to press the edge. Long strides make it difficult for Ogundeji to make shallow adjustments with choppy steps and maintain his leverage and pad level — although if he’s stacked a block he has the mobility and hand power to discard and jump into an adjacent gap.
Versatility: Inside and outside capabilities exist with his profile and that should offer him some level of developmental appeal to every defense in the league. I think the ceiling is higher beefing up to a hybrid role given his athleticism and his first step and length would shine more inside, but he’s less of a projection on the edge. He’s a fine early-down base end and developmental starter.
Prospect Comparison: Daeshon Hall (2017 NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers)
TDN Consensus: 73.63/100
Joe Marino: 73.00/100
Kyle Crabbs: 73.50/100
Jordan Reid: 75.00/100
Drae Harris: 73.00/100
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