Chukwuma Okorafor: 2018 NFL Draft Prospect

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Chukwuma Okorafor: 2018 NFL draft prospect

Chukwuma Okorafor is two years younger than his American contemporaries in school. But he has the qualities to go in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. And may go as high as the top ten in the 2018 NFL Draft.

College: Western Michigan #77

Position: Offensive Tackle

Height: 6-5

Weight: 275




NFL Draft Board Breakdown

The 2018 NFL Draft Board

Coming out of high school

ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports rated Chukwuma Okorafor as a three star recruit.

College experience

Western_Michigan_Broncos_text_logoIn 2014, his freshman year, he played in 12 games. In 2015 and 2016, he started all 13 games each year. Played right tackle up until 2016 when he moved to left tackle. He, along with 2017 second round draft choice Taylor Moton anchored the 4th best college offensive line according to Pro Football Focus.

Spring Practice 2017

2018 NFL draft potential

The Carolina Panthers drafted Western Michigan’s offensive lineman Taylor Moton with the last pick of the second round. And DraftBreakdown.com considers Chukwuma Okorafor a better prospect than Okorafor.

That could justify Chris Ransom’s evaluation that Chukwuma Okorafor a top ten pick for the 2018 NFL draft.

The unfortunate circumstance for Okorafor is the depth of the 2018 NFL draft at offensive tackle. As it stands right now, there are seven offensive tackles ranked in the top 32 on the NFL Draft Board.

Unlike the 2017 NFL draft where the Denver Broncos drafted the first offensive lineman, Garrett Bolles, with pick number 20, an offensive lineman could easily go in the top five.

Right now, Chris Ransom has Chukwuma Okorafor as the number four pick. But the consensus on the NFL Draft Board is that Notre Dame offensive lineman, Mike McGlinchey, will be the first offensive lineman taken in the 2018 NFL Draft.




Notes

  • First team All-MAC in 2016.
  • LIved in Botswana until 2010.
  • Played soccer growing up in Botswana.
  • Was two years younger than his American contemporaries in school.
  • Goes by “Chukes.”
  • Lindy’s Pro Football Draft Publication rates Okorafor as the number 10 senior for the 2018 NFL draft.

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