Western Michigan OT Chukwuma Okorafor has official visit scheduled with Eagles

21 March 2018 DRAFT Eagles News

According to the Athletic’s Chris Burke, Western Michigan’s Chukwuma Okorafor has an official visit lined up with the Philadelphia Eagles.

This is the third meeting the Birds have lined up with the Western Michigan prospect, as the Eagles met with him at the Combine, and Jeff Stoutland already put him through a workout at his pro day.

NFL.com scouting report:

STRENGTHS Tremendous NFL size. Has thick, well-proportioned frame and carries it comfortably. Uses mass to clog lanes against stunts. Lands hands where he aims them in run game. Shows ability to snatch and torque defender out of the gap. Takes decent angles up to his second level blocks. Comes out of his stance with good, two-step quickness in kick slides and is able gain plenty of ground to the edge. Pass sets with flat back and keeps his head tucked out and off his punch. Patient when shooting his hands. Hands are strong and he’s tough to deal with when he gets defenders locked out. Has natural power sit and anchor against a bull rush. Has power for proper redirects in pass pro or in run game. Has started at both tackle spots.

WEAKNESSES Awkward coming out of stance as zone blocker. Gains almost no initial ground laterally allowing defenders a gap to shoot on backside. Base is very narrow for his size. Has limited lower body bend. Poor leverage makes him inconsistent as drive blocker. Struggles to change direction against active opponents. Topples off-balance in run game. Weight drifts too far outside on pass sets creating easier access for inside rush moves. Mirror and punch placement in pass protection needs work. Scouts complain he’s “big and nice” when he needs to become “big and nasty”. Instincts are below average. Doesn’t have a feel for what opponents are going to do.

Okorafor has been mocked to the Eagles in multiple mock drafts over the last couple of months at No.32 and could be a prospect on their radar. If the Birds plan to move back in the first round to acquire more picks in the second, Okorafor could be a possible prospect that could still be on the board in top/middle of the second round.