PROS: Has started every game for Kansas since 2016, primarily at left tackle. Has good overall mobility and length. Effective worker in space where he illustrates good control, timing and consistency to connect with moving targets. Success in the run game comes as a positional blocker, taking advantage of angles and leverage points in zone concepts. Generally executes with a sound understanding of his responsibility and its relationship with the play design - smart football player. Overall he plays with good posture and bend, usually under control. Has outstanding moments with the timing and placement of his punches. He isn’t a mauler but there are plenty of moments on tape where he exploits and angle/leverage points and takes opponents for a ride.
CONS: Would benefit greatly by getting stronger to improve his functional strength. Hands lack pop and his anchor can be challenged although there are instances where he showcases the ability to re-leverage his hips and recover. Is guilty of an upward thrust with his punches that can elongate his strikes, leaving his frame to be exposed for easy execution of pass rush moves to work to his edges. Pass sets are sloppy and often too flat. Base narrows and it robs him of control and power. Robotic in pass pro and he struggles when he has to go off course. Likely a scheme-specific prospect that is only a fit for zone blocking run schemes. May need to kick inside to guard.
BEST TRAIT - Length
WORST TRAIT - Footwork
RED FLAGS - Surgery to repair labrums on both shoulders after the 2017 season
A four-year starter at Kansas, Hakeem Adeniji enters the NFL as an experienced blocker but has his share of warts to work through. While he looks the part with his long arms, Adeniji’s footwork and mirroring skills in pass protection need considerable work to prevent him from greasing angles for pass rushers. Adeniji is likely only a fit for zone blocking run schemes where he can take advantage of angles but his lateral movement skills are underwhelming. There is a reasonable skill set to develop within Adeniji, but he’s very much a project that may require a move inside to guard in order to stick in the NFL.