PROS: Dominates in a phone booth. There aren’t any questions about his functional strength and he is a powerful dude in the trenches. Executes with a mean streak. Nobody is going through him in pass protection and his anchor is firm. Easily absorbs power and redirects it. Good contact balance overall. Three years of starting experience. Swallows up pass rushers when he’s square. Killer on the second level when he connects with linebackers.
CONS: Mobility and foot speed are major question marks. Doesn’t have the athletic profile to consistently mirror twitchy interior pass rushers and it gets ugly when they get to his edges. Range is limited. Tardy and sluggish out of his stance. Will get top heavy and fold at the waste.
BEST TRAIT - Functional Power
WORST TRAIT - Mobility
RED FLAGS - None
Michigan interior offensive linemen Michael Onwenu is a massive and powerful blocker that dominates in condensed spaces. His functional strength can overwhelm opponents and there isn’t any pass rusher that is going to play though him. With that said, his heavy feet and lack of fluidity present restrictions mirror pass rushers, getting out in space and working laterally. Onwenu has the upside to start in a gap power scheme but he’s a scheme-specific player that lacks versatility.