EDGE Rusher – #9 Minnesota
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Ben Davis (Indianapolis, IN)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8221)
Phil Steele: PS#211
Esezi Otomewo Scouting Report
Quickness is most certainly a factor to Otomewo’s game. Speed is less so, Otomewo will struggle to move. Lots of wasted motion in his technique as a runner. Lacks some lateral quickness. Lacks a lot of the body control you normally see in an edge rusher.
Has a very solid first step that is difficult to contain or predict. Has a strong swim move that he uses well. Very explosive athlete. Strong upper body. Decent, not great, lower body drive. Good balance. Has the bend ability to work inside of his rush and dip under the blocker. I really like his hand fighting ability. Works through the blocker and is difficult to fight off. Solid hand strength. Placement is strong. Has an excellent stiff arm up high that he uses well to keep leverage through a power rush.
Lunge tackler. Doesn’t show great wrap up ability but tries to overwhelm the runner with the force of his body. Looks hesitant to tackle at times. Struggles to finish the tackle. Not a particularly strong contain defender. Pursuit angles could be better. Struggles to collapse on the gap during run plays.
What we want to see from Esezi Otomewo in Mobile
- Part of the issue with Esezi Otomewo’s speed, outside of size, is the amount of wasted motion in his running form. We’d like to see him come into Mobile with his form at least tweaked to try and condense his running mechanics.
- We’d like to see him win more consistently outside of a well-placed stiff arm up high to the tackle. How else will Otomewo win in those 1v1 matchups? He doesn’t have the speed to work around the edge consistently. We’d like a closer look at his process.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Esezi Otomewo has an intriguing projection. He’s a power rusher who struggles to offer much more support, either as a run defender or as a pass defender. He best projects as a situational power rusher in a 4-3 set from a three-point stance.
We like Otomewo in the fifth/seventh-round range. He has some tools that teams will find intriguing but until he can clean up some of his tackling ability, he will be limited almost strictly as a pass rusher at the next level.