Football Intelligence –Takes too many false steps. Will get caught peeking over the offensive line in search for the football instead of simply flowing with his keys. Will be slow to react between the tackles and gets frozen by mesh point reads, coughing up leverage.
Tackling –He's a pretty effective tackler when he's closing to the football from all angles. Like his wingspan and wrap up power to roll and finish his challenges. Has a lot of explosive force to muscle up ball carriers and avoid giving up additional space after contact.
Block Shedding –Frustrating, given his wingspan and reach he should be much more effective stacking up blockers than what he has shown. Soft, inaccurate hands are the culprit and expose his chest without offering much in the way of counters to strip hands.
Competitive Toughness –I like his effort level. He brings good pursuit and rally skills to the second level. His general power when challenging the ball is impressive as well. Playing off contact and defeating blocks? He gets glued pretty easily but will hold his ground.
Lateral Mobility –He has great range as a scrape defender to carry over the top of outside runs or to get into pursuit of a scrambling passer flushed out of the pocket. He doesn't have a lot of short area shiftiness to change gaps and avoid contact, however.
Coverage Skills –He's got enough mobility and wingspan to be effective in the shallow areas of the field. His overall lateral burst and quickness is only modest, however. Instincts and reactive abilities are not consistent and net easy separation over the MOF.
Gap Shooting Ability –Predetermined attacks on the football net a lot of plus plays, he can beat OL to the punch with quickness and run through soft challenges. His fill ability on delayed reads is not as potent and he can get washed out of challenges.
Feet/Change of Direction –Does not offer the same level of dynamic burst and suddenness when he is tasked with playing laterally vs. his linear twitch. Instead, he requires an extra step to collect and redirect and will overrun plays and leave his feet behind trying to come back to the play.
Flexibility –Hips have a fair amount of hinge to open and allow him to get range in his zone drops...but his ability to generate power through his feet when extended or reaching for a bucket step or lateral pivot lacks the same spring.
First Step Quickness –Has a great level of spring to his initial step and gets up to top speed in little to no time at all. He closes ground and takes ball carriers by surprise with how sudden he is to get on top of the ball and come to balance.
BEST TRAIT – First Step Quickness
WORST TRAIT – Football IQ
BEST FILM – San Diego State (2018)
WORST FILM – Notre Dame (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Bobby Okereke is a high ceiling prospect who needs to take some prominent steps forward in his ability to quickly and effectively read his keys. Okereke is a physical specimen who can make impact plays both in space and between the tackles, but his indecisiveness and false steps often compromise his positioning. He projects best as an ILB in an odd front, where he can attack forward into gaps and tussle with offensive linemen at the POA.
ROUND GRADE - Fourth Round