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Patriots Draft Pick Profile: Michael Onwenu

Breaking down everything you need to know about Patriots sixth round pick Michael Onwenu.

Michigan offensive lineman Michael Onwenu.
Michigan offensive lineman Michael Onwenu.

Breaking down everything you need to know about Patriots sixth round pick Michael Onwenu.

Michael Onwenu, OL: Sixth round, 182nd overall

Height: 6-3

Weight: 344

College: Michigan

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Strengths: Tremendous size and strength to overwhelm opponents in tight. … Plays both right and left guard. … Shows requisite mean streak. … Shows good balance. … Does not get pull rushed in pass protection. … Effectively redirects rushers with strong hands. … Durable and experienced having played 37 of 39 games (with 35 starts) over his final three seasons.

Weaknesses: Quickness can be an issue. … Not overly athletic for position. … Footwork can get sloppy at times. … Can overextend when reaching. … Could struggle against twists and stunts up front due to his slow feet. … Weight was an issue at Michigan but his coaches felt his work ethic improved during his career. … Struggles moving and getting to second level. … Best-suited for power-based schemes as a result.

Personal: Enrolled in Michigan's College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in African-American studies. … Also minored in entrepreneurship in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. … All-Big Ten third team in 2018 and 2019 … Started 35 of 46 games played while also contributing on special teams. … Participated in 2016 U.S. Army All-American Game. … Attended Cass Technical (Detroit) High School, where he was named 2015 City Baller of the Year and Division I-II AP all-state first team. … High school teammates with fellow Wolverines Jourdan Lewis, Delano Hill and David Dawson. … Twitter handle is @_MXKEY.

Comparable NFL player: Brandon Brooks, G, Eagles – Another big boy at 346 pounds, Brooks has carved on an eight-year career with Houston and Philadelphia.

Workout Numbers

Table inside Article
Onwenu Combine Avg. for Pos.
Height 6-3 6-4
Weight 344 318
40 Yards DNP 5.18
Bench (225) 26 21
Vertical Jump DNP 26.8
Long Jump DNP 108
Shuttle DNP 4.81
Cone DNP 7.98

DNP - Did not participate in drill.

What They're Saying

"Onwenu is a road-grader in the run game. The Patriots starting unit is rock-solid on the interior, but it needed some depth. He could learn from one of the game's best run-blockers in Shaq Mason. -'s Mark Dulgerian

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