Olumuyiwa Fashanu 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Redshirted true freshman season in 2020 before making first career start vs. Arkansas in 2021 bowl game
- Rated as a four-star prospect from Gonzaga College High School in DC Metro area
- 2022 projected role: Starting OL
Pros: Penn State offensive tackle Olumuyiwa Fashanu has the kind of raw skill set and physical tools that simply can’t be coached—and we all know what kind of restraint the NFL usually shows in these kinds of cases when the NFL draft rolls around. Fashanu is an easy mover both vertically and horizontally. His ability to quickly get out of the blocks and win angles in the first two steps of his set allows him to erase defenders by making them work through his entire frame. The length is undoubtedly here to play offensive tackle at the NFL level as well—watching Fashanu run defenders past the edge leaves little doubt, especially when considering some of the technical shortcomings he’s still working with in protection (see below). Fashanu has great body weight distribution to play with balance and an effective anchor. He is capable of squatting down on power rushes and engaging his frame to negate push into the lap of his quarterback. And although experience and inconsistency are big flags for his resume, some of the bright flashes of crisp feet, hand variance, and functional power are hard to ignore as we scan the landscape in search of potential risers at one of the NFL’s most critical positions.
Cons: There’s no doubt about the physical skill set that Olumuyiwa Fashanu illustrates and that he could be a prominent draft selection at the end of his journey at Penn State. But his ability to put together a complete picture is still a work in progress, which offers significant variance to his resume as a player with just a handful of starts under his belt. Fashanu is more of a catcher than a striker with his hands. Though he shows good hand variance in his pass sets, he does not consistently deliver an offsetting blow to put off upfield charges. As a result, he’ll have stalemates at the point of attack. Auburn DE Derick Hall tagged him for one such play on a run stuff early in Penn State’s win over the Tigers this September. I’ve also seen him overextend to try to catch and get hands on defenders early in reps. He’s going to be much more effective as he continues to learn to trust his athleticism and allow defenders into his strike zone before delivering a sharp punch. He’s explosive enough both in lateral quickness and quick-twitch ability to win in this regard. I consider Fashanu to be a highly intriguing prospect with a ceiling to be a top pick, but the sample size is so, so small. October and November will be critical for his outlook for 2023 versus potentially 2024 or 2025.
Olumuyiwa Fashanu NFL Draft Scouting Report by Kyle Crabbs