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JetNation Draft Prospect Profile: Northwestern DL Adetomiwa Adebawore no Longer Flying Under the Radar

Not many people knew the name Adetomiwa Adebawore  just a few short months ago, but after standing out during Senior Bowl practices in Mobile and excelling at the NFL combine, the Northwestern product is having his name throw around regularly.

In fact, Adebawore has firmly entered the conversation as a potential round one pick next month.  Rich Cimini of ESPN New York even suggested Adebawore could be in the crosshairs of Joe Douglas in the first round of the NFL draft.

It was back in December while watching Northwestern vs Ohio State to get a look at Buckeyes offensive tackle Paris Johnson that Adebawore first got on our radar.  One play after another, whether lined up on the left or right side of the D-line, at tackle or end, Ohio State had no answer for Adebawore.  He spent much of his day making life miserable for anyone in the Buckeye’s offensive backfield.  What made him so good?  Let’s take a look.

Name: Adetomiwa Adebawore

College: Northwestern

Position: DE/DT

Number: 99

HT: 6′ 2”

Wt: 282

Arm Length: 33 7/8”

Hand Size: 10 1/2”

40 yard dash: 4.49

10 yard split: 1.61

Vertical Jump: 37.5

Broad Jump: 10.5

Games Watched: Ohio State, Miami (OH), Penn State, Duke

The numbers confirmed what we had already suspected.  He’s an athletic freak, picking up a RAS (Relative Athletic Score) of 9.83 and continued to impress during his Northwestern pro day.

Adebawore’s combine numbers should come as little surprise as his explosion game day suggested we’d see impressive numbers on his vertical and broad jumps.  His 4.49 40 was not something we anticipated for a 283 lb defensive lineman so in some ways he was even better than expected.

Adebawore’s explosiveness paired with his strength is what makes him such a problem for opposing offensive tackles.  He fires out quickly enough to get opposing offensive linemen back on their heels and can then overpower them en route to the backfield.

He also shows good hand usage and his motor is no concern as he’s a high energy player during and after the snap.  He can be the type of tone setter that defensive head coaches like Robert Saleh covet.

While he may lack the ideal bend you might want out of a player who spends time on the edge, his other traits allow him to be a presence on the outside.  Pairing a player like Adebawore with Quinnen Williams on the defensive interior could cause serious problems for guards and centers.

Wherever Adebawore lands come draft time, he’ll have a very good chance to contribute early on while developing into a high level starter at the pro level.


This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

Glenn Naughton

Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.



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