2022 Guide: What Ourlads’ NFL Scouting Services said about IKEM EKWONU:
North Carolina State, 6040 310 4.93. Junior entry, three-year starter, Charlotte, NC. Has seen time at both left guard and left tackle. Two-time first-team All-ACC as well as first-team All-America last season. The former wrestler was also the anchor on his high school track team at 280+ pounds. Should immediately be one of the best athletes along the offensive line in the NFL. His explosion, twitch from head to toe, and comfort in space as a lead blocker will be a viable weapon in the NFL. He is constantly putting defenders on the ground, as he can turn that speed into power at the snap of a finger. He should start inside at guard in the NFL and will be most valuable in the running game when he can get out in space. Tools-wealthy across the board. Thick lower body with a bubble butt, wide thighs, and quick twitch below the knees. Plus-length in his arms. Has rare explosion that flashes week to week. Violent intentions that are always looking for extra work. A weapon in the running game especially when he gets to the second level in space. Incredible athletic ability that will convert speed into power. Has a highlight reel full of sending defenders airborne and onto the ground. Top-notch speed with plenty of range as a lateral blocker. Explosive upper body that will change the direction of a defender in an instant. Productive at both guard and tackle, will bring credible inside-out versatility to the table. He has some issues including lack of space-awareness and angles. His footwork is off and his hands are often too late, which NFL defenders will eat for breakfast. Still has stretches of play where he looks overly raw. Often late with his hands and loses the initial engagement battle. Too many losses when it comes to the lockout game. Gets stood up and loses out on his natural power. Needs to play with a more natural base. Gets narrow and tall out of his stance. Pass protection sets are inconsistent in space against speed. Does not sustain due to poor hand placement. Too much hit or miss. The upside is through the roof, and he does carry credible inside-out versatility, but there is a lot of work to be done.
OSR:14/51. First round. (A-34, H-10 1/4, BP-DNP, 10-1.71).