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30-Days, 30 Prospects: DAY 11 – Northwestern Defensive Lineman Adetomiwa Adebawore

Adetomiwa Adebawore is an athletic and versatile defensive lineman who causes problems for the entire offensive line. The standout D-lineman from Northwestern, Adebawore can give offensive coordinators nightmares, showing the ability to line up and dominate as an edge, the 3-technique, and head-up on offensive tackles.

Adebawore is speedy, powerful, yet brings a workman-like approach to the game, displaying a relentless motor when closing in on rushers. His first step off the ball is second to none, showing his elite speed and converting it into an imposing feat of power, with an explosive bull rush. Additionally, he has shown that he is capable of blowing by offensive tackles as an edge rusher, as well as generating pressure in the interior, as he is too quick for offensive interior lineman. At 6′ 2″, 282-lbs, with a 4.49-second 40-yard sprint, he is the prototypical edge in terms of speed, and an excellent mold for a 3-technique, as his frame has room for additional muscle mass.

However, Adebawore doesn’t have the bend and flexibility that you would hope for in an edge rusher, as he tends to over compensate with his elite speed and explosiveness for his lack of pass rushing moves. Additionally, he is raw as a tackler, often not wrapping up on rushers to finish the play.

Adebawore is a player who the Raiders should keep their eye on in the late 2nd or early 3rd round. If he is sitting there at the mid 60-range, the Raiders should get on the phone with teams to get feelers on where their mindsets are regarding the versatile defender. If necessary, a trade up from #70-overall in efforts to acquire him would be excellent.

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