2019 Raiders Draft Profile
Name: Charles Omenihu
Position: Defensive End
School: The University of Texas
Weight: 280 pounds
Round Projection: 3-4
With Omenihu’s frame, you would want to see a productive swim move. Fortunately, that is what exactly what he brings to the table. The arm, combined with the speed of the move, propels him past the blocker. More importantly, a complete repertoire exists with him. If you watch the bull rush, focus on Omenihu’s feet, the balance and force generated will transfer to the next level. As a result, tackles cannot readily brace for this technique. In addition, he does not keep the move going too long. Omenihu will disengage rapidly. On the other hand, if a tackle gets the upper hand, look for hand readjustment and a counter.
For all of his ability to get upfield, Omenihu profiles as a solid run stopper. He sets the edge with power and reach. In addition, he will use a quick inside step to beat the tackle and guard inside. Omenihu will shoot the gap, forcing the runner to either bounce outside or pause, allowing defenders to swarm.
Although he tips the scales at 280 pounds, Omenihu will chase plays from the backside. Correspondingly, he presents the ability to close on the target. With a lightning-like first step and subsequent explosion, Omenihu will destroy perimeter plays with abandon.
Granted, Omenihu’s snaps on the interior do give him an advantage over some tackles. As mentioned, he generates power from his lower half. This negates and punches from the offensive lineman.
When Omenihu gets a hand on the ballcarrier, the play immediately stops. Rarely, you will see a broken tackle. While not always pretty, using power and leg drive remains effective for him.
If observers are honest with themselves, they will see Arden Key as a situational pass rusher. His burst and inability to close in the running game opens the door for Omenihu. Granted, the Raiders will draft a first round edge. Yet, they also need another lineman with versatility. First, Omenihu can play the end spot for two downs. Then, he can slide next to Maurice Hurst, opening for Arden Key. Paul Guenther values long-limbed ends. In his defense, Omenihu’s versatility and explosion could net 7-9 sacks and provide excellent run support.