By: Hussam Patel
Levi Onwuzurike is my favorite player in this draft class not named Devonta Smith or Najee Harris. I believe he can be the steal of the 2021 NFL Draft. While standing only 6’2” at 290 pounds, Onwuzurike has such jarring power on tape that it blew me away.
The Husky product has amazing athleticism and demonstrates good body quickness as an interior pass rusher with his lean frame. Onwuzurike will automatically beat lineman vertically off the snap, setting an early edge. When an overpowering offensive lineman powers their way against him, he can spin his way to the Quarterback. Lost in the power aspect is his knack for spinning back into the play.
Against the run game, his leverage is evident. He plays with low pads, makes him an excellent run defender. His arm length and raw power allows him to move offensive linemen, keeping them from creating holes, and he routinely gets into the backfield to stop the running back. The Huskies product has a nonstop motor; he doesn’t allow himself to stay blocked, and gives opposing lineman and running backs fits throughout the game.
In the NFL, there are bigger, stronger and faster offensive lineman than in college. Onwuzurike will need to put on a little more muscle to lock up powerful running backs around the line of scrimmage and become an immovable force for years to come.
He is a fast riser due to his practices at the Senior Bowl, and could cement himself as the #1 DT come April.