Albert Okwuegbunam Player Profile
Updated: Mar 29
Weight: 255 LBS
Published by Michael Garrity
Background and Positives: Okwuegbunam’s college career at Missouri University was one where his numbers went slightly down every season. After redshirting his freshman year, Okwuegbunam burst onto the College Football scene his sophomore year. He put up 415 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. This season earned him an All-SEC second team accolade, and All-SEC Freshman Team. In his junior season, Okwuegbunam saw his receiving touchdowns cut in half from the previous season, as he put up 466 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns. Drew Lock was his Quarterback those two seasons, and the numbers showed how important Lock was to Okwuegbunam’s success. Okwuegbunam’s senior season wasn’t as impressive without Lock, as Kelly Bryant took the starting Quarterback job. He only had 306 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns. When I was watching Okwuegbunam’s tape, a strength of his game that stood out to me was how lethal he was in the red zone. Missouri had a lot of confidence in lobbing the ball up to Okwuegbunam, and trusting he would come down with it in the endzone. Okwuegbunam is very good at going over the top of Defensive Backs and snatching the ball over their head. This bleeds into my next strength that I feel Okwuegbunam possesses, which is his athleticism. Okwuegbunam ran a blazing 4.49 40 yard dash at the NFL combine, which ranked first among all Tight Ends. A common route Okwuegbunam would run in games was he would simply run straight up the field, and Lock/Bryant would float the ball over the top to him. As he picked up speed, it was very hard for Defensive Backs to catch him. Okwuegbunam has a lot of promise in his game, and I feel like his strengths will serve him well in the league.
Negatives: A weak point in Okwuegbunam’s game is his drop rate. Last season, Okwuegbunam had 7 dropped passes. That converts to a drop rate of 18.4%. Okwuegbunam has no problem catching the contested balls, but has a tough time catching the simple passes. He needs to work on improving his all around receiving game, and he needs to do it soon. Another weak point I noticed was how he struggled to be quick and explosive. At 255 pounds, I know it is a tough task. There would be times where Okwuegbunam would have no urgency in his routes, and he would be extremely sluggish off the line of scrimmage. The same thing goes for blocking. Although he was a good blocker, he got lazy at times and it cost Missouri. Okwuegbunam needs to improve these aspects of his game, or his time in the league will be short.
Draft round: Okwuegbunam could be a classic Boom or Bust prospect. He has the makes of a good Tight End that could do well in the NFL. His athleticism and versatility will attract a good amount of teams, I just don’t know how strong his work ethic is. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t put in any effort behind it, that player will become nothing. I could see Okwuegbunam getting drafted anywhere in the 3th round, or very early in the 4th round.
Which team should take Okwuegbunam?: The Redskins decided it was time to part ways with Jordan Reed, and he was released from the team this offseason. The Redskins other Tight End, Vernon Davis, announced his retirement shortly after the season ended. With the starting job now going to Jeremy Sprinkle, it is clear that he isn’t the answer to their Tight End prayers. The Skins need to get a Tight End in the draft, and I think Okwuegbunam could be a guy that could prosper under the Redskins coaching staff. The Tight End coach for the Redskins, Pete Hoener, is one of the best TE coaches you will find. He has 21 years of experience, and produced one of the best Tight Ends in the last decade, Greg Olsen. Okwuegbunam would most likely fit into a starting role on the Redskins. I think he would fit well with Haskin’s deep ball style of play. If the Redskins took Okwuegbunam, it would be a good use of a draft pick.