2018 Cardinals Draft Profile
Name: Olasunkanmi Adeniyi
Position: Defensive End
Projected: 3rd-4th round
Ola Adeniyi is an early entrant this draft, leaving after his junior season with Toldeo. He hails from Houston, Texas and finished the 2017 season with 20 tackles for loss. He was named to the second-team All-MAC in 2017. Adeniyi was not heavily recruited coming out of high school but became a player to watch the last two seasons.
Adeniyi is a talented pass rusher and every down player who is best suited as the rush end in a 4-3 scheme. He played outside linebacker in college at times but served as a quarterback spy on those plays. Adeniyi can add some pass rushing talent off the bench as well as depth along the line or outside linebacker.
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Strong bull rush and dip/rip move in pass rush. Adeniyi always seem to be near the football. He has a tremendous motor and shows great pursuit of the ball carrier. Great bend off the edge and keeps speed while rushing. Can kick inside in pass rushing situations with ease. Has the physical traits and lateral quickness to play in a 3-4 scheme. Showed constant growth during time at Toledo.
Adeniyi is shorter than the typical rush end in the NFL. He will need to develop additional pass rushing moves at the next level, currently just employs a bull rush and a dip/rip move. In a 3-4 scheme he will likely need to move to outside linebacker and will need to work on coverage skills.