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Could the Redskins find their solution at left guard at the FCS level in Oli Udoh?

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2019 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

Olisaemeka Udoh, OT
School: Elon | Conference: CAA
College Experience: RS Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-5 / 327lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th - 6th round
NFL Comparison: Vladimir Ducasse

College Statistics

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Player Overview

4-year starter for Elon after redshirting his freshman year. Udoh was named first team All-American and has received invites for both the East-West Shrine Game and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. He is the first player from Elon to play in either contest since 2014. He impressed enough at the Shrine Game to earn an invite to the Senior Bowl. In his senior year, he was a vital part of an Elon offense that averaged 199.5 rushing yards a game and gave up a Colonial Athletic Conference low 16 sacks. Elon also finished second in the conference for most rushing TDs with 22 on the season. Started at right tackle for the Phoenix but some scouts have him projected as a guard at the next level. He worked out in both positions during practice at the Senior Bowl.

Strengths

  • Size. He obviously has the frame to play at the next level. He measured in at the Senior Bowl at 6’5 ¾” 327lbs. Having dropped some weight from his time at Elon.
  • Length. He measured in with the largest wingspan of any player at the Senior Bowl at 85”
  • Strength. Udoh showed real raw power at the FCS level. Showed the ability to manhandle guys in the run game especially.
  • High ceiling. Raw talent that has a lot of potential given time. You can see flashes of dominance on film
  • Run game. His strength is in the run game. Had to pull and run in the screen game at Elon. Climbs well to the second level.

Weaknesses

  • Raw. Along with that high ceiling comes a low floor. Udoh is raw and is seen by some as more of a developmental project.
  • Lean. Has a tendency to lean in pass sets, leaving himself vulnerable to speed rush and hand fighting moves.
  • Competition.

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How He’d Fit on the Redskins

The Redskins obviously had woes at the guard position this season, with Brandon Scherff, Shawn Lauvao, Arie Kouandijo, and free agent signing Jonathan Cooper all spending time on IR, and injuries at times to replacements Tony Bergstrom and Luke Bowanko. Scherff is obviously the guy at the right guard but the Redskins are in the position again of trying to find the person to fit at left guard. Udoh could be that guy. The raw ability we saw at Elon is quickly showing itself into something greater as he faces higher levels of competition in both the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. This is causing some scouts to rethink Udoh as a higher tackle prospect. This versatility could help a Redskins team that has seen many shakeups on the line. Udoh has the size and strength to step in and play guard right away, but could also play out as a swing tackle if needed.