Albert Okwuegbunam – Part 1 – College Evaluation

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The biggest boom/bust prospect in the 2020 tight end class has to be Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam (pronounced: O-Ku-a-Bunam). The 6’5”, 255 pound tight end had decent production, catching 98 passes for 1,187 yards and 23 touchdowns in three seasons.

Athletic Ability: 6.9/10

Okwuegbunam as a better than average athletic profile, and will probably be one of the top 3-5 tight ends in this draft class across the board. We just believe there are more athletically gifted ones in this group.

COLUMBIA, MO – SEPTEMBER 22: Tight end Albert Okwuegbunam #81 of the Missouri Tigers looks for running room against defensive back Richard LeCounte III #2 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Toughness: 6.2/10

Injury concerns are the biggest negative that effected this score. At the pro level, you are expected to play through minor injuries on a regular basis, and we have concerns if he can be able to do so.

Hands: 7.6/10

We saw some really nice highlight reel catches from Albert at Missouri. We thought this was the strongest area of his game that we’d seen on tape, and one that should catch the eyes of the evaluators during the draft process.

ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 09: Missouri Tigers Tight End Albert Okwuegbunam (81) rushes the ball during the game between the Missouri Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs on November 09, 2019, at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.(Photo by Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

YAC (Yards After the Catch): 7.1/10

He often times was the chains mover, getting a nice amount of YAC based on his physical gifts and big play abilities.

COLUMBIA, MO – OCTOBER 20: Tight end Albert Okwuegbunam #81 of the Missouri Tigers falls into the end zone for a touchdown pass against the Memphis Tigers in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Route Running: 5.9/10

Arguably his biggest area for concern is also one that may not be as big a concern once he gets to the NFL and we see what he can do. A lot of the thinking with the RotoHeat team is more so that the scheme didn’t offer a lot of dynamic route running for the tight ends, as they were expected to only do a few routes.