Levi Onwuzurike NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Levi Onwuzurike NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

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Levi Onwuzurike is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Levi Onwuzurike is a defensive tackle prospect from Washington and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. He opted out of the 2020 season due to the Pac-12’s delayed and shortened season. In 2019, Onwuzurike played in all 13 games with 12 starts; he recorded 45 tackles (20 solos), six tackles for loss, 22 hurries, five QB hits, and two sacks. According to Pro Football Focus, Onwuzurike finished as the 23rd-highest-graded interior defender (20% snap minimum) with a Defensive grade of 82.5 (80.9 Run Defense, 73.3 Tackling, 78.7 Pass Rush).

Ownzurike helped the acclaimed Allen High School reach consecutive state title games in Texas his last two years. He also earned significant acclaim, including All-Area Defensive Player of the Year, along with District 6-6A Defensive MVP. Onwuzurike earned three- and four-star recruiting ratings from various services; he also received almost 30 scholarship offers from all over the country but eventually chose to attend the University of Washington.

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After redshirting in 2016, Onwuzurike played in 12 of 13 games in 2017 but only recorded 175 defensive snaps. In 2018, he played in all 14 games and earned four starts, along with more than doubling his snap count (391). However, Onwuzurike truly broke out in 2019. He started 12 of 13 games, as he did not play the opening snap against Washington State due to the offense’s personnel. Onwuzurike earned consensus First-Team All-Pac 12 honors and his team’s award for Rising Lineman. He also earned consensus All-Pac 12 and some All-American preseason honors before the 2020 season. However, Onwuzurike elected to opt-out of the season due to the Pac-12’s truncated season.

In the NFL, Onwuzurike projects as a scheme-versatile interior defender that can contribute in a variety of schemes and alignments. Depending on who you ask, he can be a defensive tackle or end; almost 80% of his snaps in 2019 came between the offensive tackles, but he has some experience on the edge and can even play from a two-point stance. Onwuzurike has the explosiveness and athleticism to be effective from the edge, and while he is undersized for a defensive tackle, he is exceptionally strong and powerful. With that being said, Onwuzurike is still quite raw and needs to work on the mental aspects of the game, namely his understanding of run fits and his ability to craft a pass rush plan with multiple moves.

Scouting Capsule

Levi Onwuzurike NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Measurements and Pro Day

Washington listed Levi Onwuzurike at 6’3″ and 293 pounds. At Washington’s pro day, Onwuzurike weighed in at 290 pounds, and his height was 6 feet and 2 7/8 inches (6027). His arms are 33 inches, his hands 10 1/8 inches, and his wingspan 79 and 1/4 inches. In the drills, Onwuzurike ran a 4.85 40-yard dash and put up 29 reps in the bench press. He lept 109 inches (10’1″) in the broad jump and 30 inches in the vertical jump. He did not participate in the three-cone drill or short shuttle.

Highlights

Strengths

  • Possesses a muscular, tank-like build; has very little fat, and built like an athlete.
  • Good arm length provides him with good leverage at the line of scrimmage; initiates contact, and can maintain leverage to control offensive linemen.
  • Very good power and strength, especially in his hands; easily able to displace offensive linemen
  • Exceptionally versatile in his alignment/usage; can play 0-7T from two, three, or four-point stances; could be effective in 4-3 or 3-4 base defenses and has the athleticism to remain on the field in passing downs.

Weaknesses

  • Wants to shoot gaps into the backfield to make big plays; therefore, loses discipline, especially in run defense, and ignores his gap assignment to try and make plays.
  • Lacks finesse with his hand skills and footwork; needs to develop more pass rush moves, learn how to string them together, and create a pass rush plan.
  • Struggles with consistency on a down-to-down basis and occasionally loses focus; still very raw with only one year as a full-time starter and less than 1100 career snaps.

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