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JetNation 2022 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State

Ikem “Ickey” Ekwonu

OT, N.C. State, #79

 

Measurables

Height: 6040

Weight: 310

Hand Size: 1028

Arm Size: 3400

Wingspan: 8428

2022 NFL Scouting Combine

40-Yard Dash: 4.93

Vertical Jump: 29.0”

Broad Jump: 9’ 0”

3-Cone Drill: 7.82

Bench Press: 26

 

Film Study

Games Watched: Miami 2020, Mississippi State 2021, Miami 2021, Florida State 2021, Clemson 2021

  • Balance: ++
  • Pass Protection: +
  • Run Blocking: ++
  • Lateral Mobility/Athleticism: ++
  • Point of Attack Power ++
  • Hands: ++
  • Anchor: ++
  • Strength: ++
  • Size: ++
  • Versatility: ++

 

Summary

Ikem Ekwonu was a three year starter at N.C. State, starting 27 games at left tackle and four games at left guard for the Wolfpack. He is a tenacious player that plays through the whistle on a consistent basis, and excels when blocking in space. His upside in the run game is tremendous, with fluid climbs to the 2nd and 3rd levels to seal off defenders. While not perfect in pass protection, he has improved year over year in this area at college and shows enough flashes, specifically his ability to pass off stunts/games,  to suggest he can be dominant with a bit of refinement. Ekwonu was on Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List back in August, and for good reason. He had the 5th-fastest forty of OL at the Combine at 4.93, which is in the 95th percentile per MockDraftable.

Even though the New York Jets, on paper, have a strong tackle group in George Fant and Mekhi Becton, I believe Ekwonu should and is in the discussion for the 4th overall pick. He, as a prospect, is better than anyone they currently have in their tackle room, and would come in and be a Day 1 starter. Joe Douglas has been known to carry three starting quality tackles on his roster before (see 2021: Mekhi Becton, George Fant and Morgan Moses), and with the added level of uncertainty surrounding Becton’s health, Ekwonu would not be as much of a luxury pick as some might think. He will finish as the highest-rated player on my board from a film perspective, and could go a long way in helping determine the future of Zach Wilson and the Jets.

This Article Was Written By Dylan Tereman

Dylan Tereman

I was born and raised in New Jersey, just recently moving to Spartanburg, SC. I am 23 and have been a Jets fan since I was 6. Through all the peaks and valleys, I am proud to be a fan of the Green & White and I’m excited to contribute to JetNation in anyway I can.