Chigoziem Okonkwo

Chigoziem Okonkwo

Measurements
  • Height
    6024
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    35.5
  • Weight
    238lbs
  • Arm
    32 3/4
  • Speed
    4.52
TE Combine Averages
  • Height
    6045
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    33.5
  • Weight
    250lbs
  • Arm
    33
  • Speed
    4.72
Azzaam Kapadia - Scout
Chigoziem Okonkwo
  • Overall Rank
    189
  • Position Rank
    12
  • Position
    TE
  • Age
    22.8 Years
  • Team
    MARYLAND

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2018 8 6 69 11.5 1 3 rushes, 72 yards, 2 TDs
2019 8 19 201 10.6 2
2021 13 52 447 8.6 5

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Falls short of the traditional mold at the tight end position with his small and limited size. Average length with his near-33-inch arms. Average frame with some room to grow. Had to sit out the entire 2020 season due to some scarring on his heart which doctors said was myocarditis.

  • Size
    4
  • Length
    5
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 4.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

His ability to play meaningful football a year after recovering from myocarditis displays his toughness and commitment to the game. Above the line physicality, hard-nose type player that won't shy away from being physical in his blocking or receiving. Average instincts as he understands his blocking assignments as well as displaying the ability to adjust his routes according to the coverage. Adequate in terms of effort in his blocking. He also sheds tackles with his speed and strength which allows him to get YAC.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 6.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Very explosive and fluid off the LOS in both his blocks and routes. Outstanding speed for the tight end position with his quickness and agility in his route running and yards after catch. Varies speed according to his route and coverage. Adequate flexible hips and body control to adjust to the ball. Above the line change of direction as he is quick in and out of his breaks and very sudden in his route running. Adequate play strength considering his size, but lacks the elite strength to go up against defensive ends at times.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    8
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 6.7

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Explosive in his route running due to his quick feet and acceleration off the LOS. Can get in and out of his breaks very quickly, however he can work on refining his route running by sinking his hips more and making his routes more sharp. Fluid in his release off the LOS. Adequate ball skills as he flashes the ability to make outstanding catches with the extension of his arms along with making contested catches in tight coverage; however, sometimes will drop balls and use his chest. Above the line as a ball carrier, will get a ton of yards after catch due to his speed and toughness to break and avoid tackles. Average technique in his blocking as he keeps hands inside but lacks the ability to move the defender and control him where he needs to go. He often lets go of defenders and falls off blocks rather than finishing the block. Understands blocking assignments well when pulling and down blocking. Above the line strike with his aggressiveness and use of hands when blocking a defender. Adequate play temperament as he consistently fires off the snap and plays with an aggressive mentality. Adequate reliability when used in the short area passing game as well as when running seam routes.

  • Route Running
    6
  • Release
    6
  • Ball Skills
    6
  • Ball-Carrier Ability
    7
  • Blocking
    5
  • Strike
    7
  • Play Temperament
    6
  • Reliability
    6
Grade 6.1

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Okonkwo was a playmaker for Maryland this past season. He is raw and still has room for development if his athleticism is used to the best ability. He is a willing blocker and will not go down easily with his speed and toughness. A dynamic pass-catcher who must be utilized in TE screens, short passing game, as well as seam routes. I can see him fitting in a play action style offense, used as a F-tight end. He excels when he runs drag routes on play action plays. Important to get the ball in his hands on short routes in order to get YAC. Project him as a reliable number 2 tight end who can be used frequently in two-tight end sets in the play action game.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • @ Michigan State
  • Nov - 20 - 2021
  • 8 rec, 112 yards, 2 TDs
  • iconWorst Game
  • @ Minnesota
  • Oct - 23 - 2021
  • Limited effectiveness in blocking on display
Best Trait
Speed and athleticism
Pro Comparison
Brevin Jordan