We all know how stacked this draft is at both Edge rusher and defensive line. Guys like Nick Bosa, Josh Allen, Quinnen Williams, Ed Oliver, Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell, and Jachai Polite are the ones that are talked up the most, praised the most, and coveted the most.
But there’s one guy that should and deserves to get all the praise everyone else is getting: Texas EDGE Charles Omenihu.
Before this season, Omenihu was more of a rotational player than anything. Entering 2018, he had only 7 career sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Next thing you know, Omenihu flips the switch and starts to dominate at a high-level. He finished the year with 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks, won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and was invited to 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Charles Omenihu possesses a deadly combination of length, explosiveness, and strength that he shows on a consistent basis. In the clip above, Omenihu, lined up in a 4i-tech, shows his explosiveness off the snap and uses his incredible strength to absolutely destroy the right tackle (#79) to tackle Elijah Holyfield for a loss of three yards.
The Sugar Bowl was the Charles Omenihu show. The box score might not say it, but he was downright dominating against Georgia as he was making plays all over the line of scrimmage and getting pressure on Jake Fromm throughout the game.
Omenihu doesn’t win with bend for the most part, but he can convert speed to power in a deadly way. Above, Omenihu explodes out of his stance from an 4-tech (head up over the RT). He then goes on to basically bench press the right tackle and gets the sack on Sam Darnold. That’s some crazy length, power and speed right there.
One thing I thought about while eating some spicy buffalo wings the other night was if there was a true position that Omenihu plays.
“Wait, I thought you said he was a defensive end?” Yes, I did. That’s where I have him listed at the moment. Omenihu has the length, size, and athleticism to play on any defense as either a 4-3 defensive tackle/end or play as a 3-4 defensive end. Omenihu currently holds a first round grade for me at the moment. I can’t think of anyone else out of this EDGE/DL group who is as versatile as him right now.
Omenihu will get to showcase his talent to the NFL world next week during the Senior Bowl. Teams like the Patriots, Dolphins, Chargers, and Panthers will and should definitely be keeping an eye on the Big 12 defensive player of the year.
NFL, be smart, and make sure Charles Omenihu goes in the first round. If not, whoever drafts him, 31 others teams are gonna regret it.