G – #79 North Carolina State
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: Providence Day (Charlotte, NC)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8735)
Phil Steele: PS#107
Ikem Ekwonu scouting report
Decent, not great, speed. Suffers from heavy feet outside of moving laterally. Moves laterally with grace and fluidity. Excellent lateral ability. Excellent upper body strength. A brute to the core. Aggressive and incredibly powerful. Anchor is overall inconsistent. Has the power and strength to be dominant, but not the balance. Stiff at times, doesn’t show great bend. Struggles to recover with heavy feet.
Hand placement looks solid. Hand strength is decent but not great. Technique while fighting finesse still needs work. Very strong in his set, however, it doesn’t always translate well because of his lack of balance. Tends to lean into the pass rusher, which is where his issue with balance comes in. First step is average, leaving him susceptible to the speed rush. Looks to punish his assignment and oftentimes puts people in the ground. Locks defenders in with strong upper body. Would like to see him focus on getting to the second level more often.
Ultra aggressive. Sometimes his aggression forces him to lose control of the block. Tends to understand assignments but makes questionable decisions. Will pass of edge rushers to tight ends for no apparent reason. Misses assignments too.
Projecting Ikem Ekwonu is very difficult at the next level. He is essentially a run blocker, a right guard, who played left tackle for the Wolfpack over the last couple of years. He’s never played on the right side, which does limit his projection as there is no answer to how he can play on that side. He was inconsistent too, surrendering more reps with mistakes and aggression that backfired on him.
Most analysts have Ekwonu going in the early first-round. From what we have seen, he looks like a third/fourth round talent. His athleticism, to us, is average and even though his strength is immense, Ekwonu is still a project at the next level.