|2010 NFL Draft: Player Profiles|
Draft round up
Ndamukong Suh (Cameroon) SR Nebraska DT 6’3” 307 lbs.
2009 Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy and Nagurski Winner
Suh possess a rare blend of size, power and quickness and can usually be found in the opponent’s backfield. Suh is an excellent tackler and has a high motor. He is also a terrific pass rusher, which is rare for defensive tackles.
overtimeafrica.com projection: Before the re-emergence of Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, Suh was expected to be taken first overall by the St. Louis Rams; however we now expect the Rams to select Bradford and Suh to be the second player off the board at number two to the Detroit Lions.
Suh was taken by the Detroit Lions with the second pick.
Russell Okung (Nigeria) Oklahoma State SR OT 6’5” 307 lbs.
2nd team All-American
Jim Parker Trophy winner
Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year
The consensus best OL prospect in the draft, Okung has good size and is very athletic for his position. He has excellent lateral quickness and a long wingspan. A high energy player; although still unpolished he will be able to come in a start right away and possesses pro bowl potential.
overtimeafrica.com projection:: Okung's stock continues to rise and could see him move up as high as number two, we expect him to be selected fourth by the Washington Redskins.
The Redskins surprised many by drafting offensive tackle Trent Williams from Oklahoma. The Seattle Seahawks, who were desperately in need of a left tackle drafted Okung with the sixth pick.
Jon Asamoah (Ghana) Illinois SR OG 6’4” 300
2nd team all Big Ten
A three year starter at Illinois, Asamoah is a very strong, technically gifted offensive lineman and like Okung will be able to step in and play right away.
overtimeafrica.com projection: expect to hear Asamoah’s name called late second or early third round.
Asamoah expected to be drafted in the second round but had to wait until the 3rd round to hear his name called, 68th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah(Ghana) Indiana (PA) SR CB/FS 6’0” 205 pounds
1st team AFCA D-II All-American
2nd team Little All-American
Owusu-Ansah has great size for a cornerback, very good coverage skills and recovery speed, he can also help a team out in the return game; he had seven special teams TDs during his collegiate career.
overtimeafrica.com projection: The Ghanaian-born cornerback has improved his draft stock tremendously through his pro day and his impressive performance during the scouting combine where he posted an impressive 4.32 40 yard dash time, early 3rd round selection.
The unheralded Owusu-Ansah was drafted with the 126th pick overall in the fourth round by the Dallas Cowboys. It remains to be seen if the versatile Ghanaian will play safety or cornerback in the NFL. The Cowboys lack depth at the safety position and Owusu-Ansah could potentially find playing time right away.
Rennie Curran (Liberia) Georgia JR OLB 5’11” 220 lbs.
2009 All-SEC First Team
Curran led the SEC in tackles with 130 and ranked 18th nationally; he is a quick and athletic linebacker; a big hitter, who has a high motor and a nose for the ball.
overtimeafrica.com projection:Curran’s lack of size and surprisingly slow 40 time(4.87) at the scouting combine may hurt his draft stock in the eyes of some but his on the field production should see him picked in the 2nd round.
The Tennessee Titans selected Curran with the 97th pick, in the third round. The Titans are set at linebacker so Curran will have to make an impact on special teams to begin his pro career.
Vince Oghobaase (Nigeria) Duke SR DT 6’5” 300 lbs.
2009 3rd team All American
The highly touted Oghobaase had a disappointing senior campaign, compiling 37 tackles 2.5 sacks in 8 games.
He is a very intelligent, athletic interior lineman with length and quickness; he is explosive off the ball and able to cause disruption in the backfield.
He will be able to play as a defensive tackle in the 4-3 scheme or play on the edge in 3-4 alignment.
overtimeafrica.com projection: Vince has shown throughout his career that he is able to compete at the top level playing in the ACC. He was hampered by injuries during his career and has a lean frame for someone playing defensive tackle, which may cause durability concerns for some teams, expect Oghobaase to come off the board in the 3rd round.
Vince's poor showing at his pro day caused him to fall off team's draft boards and the defensive tackle went undrafted. He signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins.
Ekom Udofia (Nigeria) Stanford SR DT 6’1” 320 lbs.
Udofia was a four year starter for the Stanford Cardinal.
Ekom Udofia is an ultra strong, high energy nose talked that will give opposing interior lineman fits. Udofia reportly squats 700 pounds and posts a bench press of 380.
Though he started his entire career for the Cardinal, he is still viewed by scouts as a raw prospect, first playing American Football in the eighth grade.
overtimeafrica.com projection: Udofia strength is a definite assets but he lack the quickness that scouts not look for in interior linemen, in addition he has battled injuries during his career. Udofia has a good shot of making it in the NFL but he will wait to hear his name called until the 6th round.
Udofia did not hear his name called during the 7 round draft; he was signed by the New Orleans Saints.
Nyan Boateng(Ghana) California SR WR 6’1” 210 lbs.
The Ghanaian-born Florida transfer has dealt with injuries and personal issues during his time at Cal. Boateng possess good size and strength but lacks top end speed.
overtimeafrica.com projection: Boateng received an invitation to the scouting combine and may have been able to alleviate some of the scouts' fears of durability and off the field issues. His physical talent may lead a team to take a flier on him late in the draft; 7th round to undrafted free agent.
Boateng was not selected during the draft, he signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots.
Seyi Ajirotutu(Nigeria) Fresno State SR WR 6’3” 210 lbs.
2nd Team All-Wac
Ajirotutu's size and strength has scouts drooling; he is the prototypical big, physical receiver that many teams are gravitating towards. He is an adequate run blocker, is an excellent route runner and has good speed for a player of his size.
overtimeafrica.com projection: Ajirotutu did not have the most productive career at Fresno State but he has all the tools to succeed in the NFL. He caught the eyes of scouts with an impressive performance at the East-West Shrine game. Seyi Ajirotutu will provide great value for a team in the 5th or 6th round.
Surprisingly Ajirotutu went undrafted, with his combination of size and speed it was expected that he would be selected on day three. He signed with the San Diego Chargers, a team fond of big wide receivers.
Larry Asante(Ghana) Nebraska SR S 6'0" 211 lbs.
Honorable Mention All-Big 12
Nicknamed 'the Assassin' Astante improved tremendously during his time in Lincoln, he is a very instinctive, strong, athletic safety who is always around the ball and is an excellent tackler in the open field. He is good in coverage and excellent again the run.
overtimeafrica.com projection: Asante is a very aggressive player with tremendous potential which will likely lead him to become a starting strong safety in the NFL. Expect Asante to come off the board in the fourth round.
The hard working safety out of Nebraska was selected in the fifth round(160 overall) by the Cleveland Browns. His hard hitting ability should see him make an impact on the special teams unit.
Tobe Nwigwe(Nigeria) North Texas SR LB 6'2 240 lbs.
Nwigwe is a very active inside linebacker and tackling machine. He was a three year starter for the Mean Green, a foot injury prematurely ended his senior season. He seems to have recovered from that injury and was reportedly impressive during his March pro day where a number of NFL teams were in attendance.
overtimeafrica.com projection: Nwigwe had an excellent career at North Texas possess the talent to make an NFL roster. He may have alleviated teams concerns about his foot injury with his showing at his pro day, 7th round to UFA.
Nwigwe was not drafted, and has yet to sign with a team, check back for updates.