Mike Onwenu ‘Might End Up As The Biggest Steal’ Of The 2020 NFL Draft
Now that the 2020 NFL season is all however over, with simply one huge video game staying, PFF reviewed in 2015’s draft and analyzed what novices did throughout their very first expert projects, ranking each group’s class and how efficient they were.
The New England Patriots’ haul signed in at No. 13 out of 32, with previous Michigan offensive lineman Mike Onwenu being admired for his novice season in which he went beyond expectations strongly and was picked to the Pro Football Author’s Of America All-Rookie group. Onwenu was picked in the 6th round with the 182nd total choice last April.
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“[Patriots head coach] Bill Belichick found another gem in the sixth round with Michigan offensive lineman Mike Onwenu, who produced the sixth-most PFF WAR [wins above replacement] of any non-first-round pick this season,” the post read.
Onwenu was tabbed as the Patriots’ “best value pick” of the 2020 draft. He began all 16 video games as a novice, and while he played practically solely at guard in college, he flaunted his flexibility in his very first professional season, appearing at right take on, (12 starts) left guard (2) and best guard (2). He was in on every offending breeze throughout his team’s last 14 contests.
“Onwenu might just end up as the biggest steal in the entire 2020 draft when we look back on this class,” the post continued. “Onwenu logged over 80 snaps at each of left guard, right guard and right tackle this season, and he performed well at all of them.
“The sixth-round choice published a 79.0-plus grade at each of those 3 positionings. Onwenu stood out at best take on in specific, regardless of not logging a breeze at take on in his 4 years at Michigan. He invested the majority of his novice project there (616 snaps) and ranked 10th of 39 certifying best takes on in PFF grade.”
Onwenu’s total PFF grade of 84.3 was the third-highest on the Patriots’ offense, showing he wasn’t simply among the very best novices in the NFL or on the group, however he was really among the most efficient gamers on the lineup.
His pass-blocking grade of 72.5 is thought about above average, and it ranked 5th on the group and 3rd amongst gamers that saw action on most of the Patriots’ offending snaps. Run stopping was where Onwenu stood out a lot more, with his grade of 84.9 ranking 3rd on the team and 2nd amongst gamers that played most of snaps.
Onwenu enabled 14 quarterback pressures, 10 rushes, 3 sacks and one quarterback struck on the season. The Patriots completed the year with a 7-9 record and 3rd in the AFC East department.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.