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***2019 Dynasty/Devy Watch: TE Albert Okweugbunam, Missouri****

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Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri 

6'5 260 lbs

Mr. O-coo-WAY-boo-nahm is my 1b TE and may pass Fant as he is closing in quickly. I recently read in ran a 4.5 forty time..................WOW!!!! (If true). He's been moved all around the field for Mizzu to create mismatches but still need to work on his pass-blocking. He's been exciting to watch and he's not afraid to catch passes down the middle.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=KmRDGSDBw4w

 

The 2019 TE Draft Class just might turnout to be better than 2017's class and I'm loving it!

 

Tex

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On 11/7/2018 at 5:05 PM, BigTex said:

I recently read in ran a 4.5 forty time..................WOW!!!! (If true).

Albert Okwuegbunam runs 4.49-second 40

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Missouri’s Albert Okwuegbunam ran one of the fastest 40 times we’ve ever seen from a tight end today at the Scouting Combine.

Okwuegbunam was timed in 4.49 seconds and 4.50 seconds in his two attempts, according to NFL Network. The NFL later said the 4.49 was his official time, which makes him just the fifth tight end ever at the Combine to run in under 4.5 seconds.

That’s an outstanding time for a player his size. Okwuegbunam weighed in at 258 pounds.

Okwuegbunam played three years at Missouri. Last season he had 26 catches for 306 yards and six touchdowns.

Rich Hribar@LordReebs

A 4.49 for Albert O is moving at 258. Up and down on the field that had a QB change this season, but was a proven TD scorer with 23 touchdowns in 31 career games.

Edited by Bracie Smathers

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📽️  LINK 40 yard dash clip

NFL@NFL

6'5", 258 lbs.

TE Albert Okwuegbunam runs a 4.49u 40-yard dash!

Would tie for fourth-fastest 40 by a tight end since 2003. :

#NFLCombine on@NFLNetwork

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Next Gen Stats@NextGenStats

Athleticism Scores are now official for the tight end group! Missouri's Albert Okwuegbunam is the only tight end from the 2020 TE class to finish with an ELITE Athleticism Score (99). #NFLCombine |

@AOkwuegbunam

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Next Gen Stats@NextGenStats

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Albert Okwuegbunam joins Evan Engram, Coby Fleener and Noah Fant as the only tight ends to finish with a 99 Final Draft Score among NFL Combine participants since 2003.

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Rotoworld:

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Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

In a tight ends group which ran very sluggish as a whole, Okwuegbunam's blistering time stood out to the extreme. No other tight end broke 4.60 seconds in the dash. Albert O's time was all the more impressive given his frame -- he measured into the combine at a meaty 6-foot-5, 258 pounds. Okwuegbunam could come off the board on Day 2 come April's draft, with this run on Thursday serving as potentially significant stock boost.

SOURCE: ProFootballTalk on Twitter

Feb 27, 2020, 4:51 PM ET

 

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Missouri redshirt junior TE Albert Okwuegbunam has declared himself eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Okwuegbunam (6'5/255) has played in nine games in each of his three seasons, earning second-team All-SEC honors in 2017 as a freshman and catching 23 touchdowns in his collegiate career. He was a 2018 Mackey Award finalist as one of the top offensive tight ends in the country and will now test his value in the NFL Draft. Mel Kiper currently ranks Okwuegbunam as the sixth best tight end in his class and is projected as a second-to-third round selection.

SOURCE: Albert Okwuegbunam on Twitter

Dec 2, 2019, 10:32 PM ET

 

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Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline gives Missouri redshirt junior TE Albert Okwuegbunam a third-round grade heading into the 2019 season.

It's the top grade of any Missouri player. Pauline notes that others are higher on Okwuegbunam -- we've seen some grade him as the top tight end in this class -- and he notes that there are things he likes such as his ability to move around the field and the ability to catch the ball like a receiver. His concerns, however, come in Okwuegbunam's pursuit of academics; noting that he would like to become a doctor someday. It's understandable to have concerns about whether football is a priority for the tight end, and teams will want to be sure before taking him highly.

SOURCE: Pro Football Network

Aug 23, 2019, 8:44 PM ET

 

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The Athletic's Dane Brugler called Missouri redshirt junior TE Albert Okwuegbunam a "very fluid athlete for his size."

Brugler notes that this fluidity "allow [Okwuegbunam] to adjust mid-air, easily transition from pass-catcher to ball carrier and get upfield." The analyst would like to see Albert O. work to tighten up his routes this coming season, as he saw some of the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder's breaks as "sluggish" during his film review. We will add one more concern on top of Brugler's, that being health. The redshirt junior missed the final month of the 2018 campaign dealing with a shoulder injury and was a limited participant in spring camp.

SOURCE: The Athletic

Aug 1, 2019, 6:09 PM ET

 

 

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CBS Sports' Christ Trapasso believes Missouri redshirt junior TE Albert Okwuegbunam would be an "ideal fit" with the Dallas Cowboys.

Okwuegbunam (6'5/255) has been named a preseason All-American and posted a strong 43-466-6 stat line prior to a shoulder injury. Okwuegbunam does a lot of his damage after the catch as Trapasso notes, "Per Sports Info Solutions, 47.1% of his 881 yards in 2017 and 2018 combined were accumulated after the catch." Jason Witten is back in Dallas for another year but he's unlikely to be very effective. Okwuegbunam would be a great replacement if he decides to declare for the draft after this season.

SOURCE: CBS Sports

Jun 23, 2019, 11:58 AM ET

 

 

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The Athletic's Dave Ubben believes Missouri redshirt junior TE Albert Okwuegbunam is a '"bona fide star."

Ubben adds that Okwuegbunam "has a claim as the SEC’s best at the position alongside Vanderbilt’s Jared Pinkney." Okwuegbunam opted to return to school for another season instead of declaring for the NFL. This was likely a smart decision considering the 2018 draft class saw two tight ends selected in the first round. Okwuegbunam will look to improve upon his 43-466-6 line from last season and boost his draft stock into Day 1 territory.

SOURCE: The Athletic

Jun 9, 2019, 2:48 PM ET

 

 

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Athlon Sports' Steven Lassan called Missouri redshirt junior TE Albert Okwuegbunam "the best in college football at his position."

Okwuegbunam (6'5/255) opted to return to school instead of entering the draft in a pretty strong tight end class, and it's a move that should pay off. Albert O will look to improve upon last year's 43-466-6 receiving line with quarterback Kelly Bryant throwing him balls, but he hasn't been able to practice much this offseason while nursing a shoulder injury. His season opener status doesn't appear to be in doubt, so we should get a full season from potentially the top tight end prospect of the 2020 NFL Class.

SOURCE: Athlon Sports

Jun 1, 2019, 6:12 PM ET

 

 

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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein wrote that Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam's routes "are raw and inefficient."

Okwuegbunam (6'5/258) had an excellent 2018 season, but he wasn't as impactful in 2019 for the Tigers. That being said he still possesses the physical tools that many teams are looking for in a tight end, and the expectation is that he'll hear his name called on Day 2 of next month's draft. But in order to make good on his promise, Okwuegbunam will need to improve as a route runner in Zierlein's opinion. "His routes are raw and inefficient," Zierlein wrote. "He isn't difficult to cover when he's asked to gather and break, but he has speed to separate on over routes and seam attacks when he opens and goes."

SOURCE: NFL.com

Mar 23, 2020, 11:25 AM ET

 

 

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Broncos selected Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam with the No. 118 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Okwuegbunam (6’5/255) was a three-year starter at Missouri with 4.49 speed who was at his best in the red zone and on vertical routes. He led the SEC in receiving touchdowns (11) as a freshman despite only playing nine games, but declared for the NFL after a disappointing 26-306-6 junior season. On tape, he has intriguing long speed once his big body gets going, but he isn’t a separator near the line of scrimmage. He only averaged 5.4 yards on his targets within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage and is far better on vertical shots and in the red zone where his size and speed come into play the most. Okwuegbunam isn’t likely to be a 70+ catch player unless his releases and route running improve. Denver certainly is investing in pass catchers for Drew Lock, and Albert O joins a tight end room with last year's athletic phenom Noah Fant.

Apr 25, 2020, 12:40 PM ET

 

 

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13 hours ago, Milkman said:

Kills Fant's value. 

Fant’s value gets killed by the addition of Jeudy and Hamler, not AOK. 

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35 minutes ago, IHEARTFF said:

Def not a good landing spot

You got that right.  Edgar is also right, Fant's value drops because of Jeudy and Hamler.

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3 hours ago, Edgar said:

Fant’s value gets killed by the addition of Jeudy and Hamler, not AOK. 

Yes. Albert O. added to the mix should directly impact Fant's red zone TD production. He's already got proven chemistry with Lock.

[Albert O.] was lethal in the red zone for the high-scoring Tiger offense, and his delay route down the seam near the goal line became a staple for QB Drew Lock and company

https://mutigers.com/sports/football/roster/albert-okwuegbunam/7295

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Albert Okwuegbunam and Drew Lock were college teammates. 

Albert Okwuegbunam is my #1 TE in this draft. 

He's going to be an issue for Fant imo. I like Fant too but I don't think Drew Lock is any good and drafting Albert made me downgrade Fant more. 

You guys are right the Jerry Jeudy doesn't help either but I'm not high on him so he doesn't worry me as much. 

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Zac Stevens @ZacStevensDNVR

Fangio on Albert O: “He’s shown the ability to catch it, but we can’t afford any drops”

https://twitter.com/zacstevensdnvr/status/1295774491075850240?s=21

 

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Aric DiLalla @AricDeLalla

Albert O. seems to be a favorite target down in the red zone.

I count three TD grabs for him.

https://twitter.com/aricdilalla/status/1295771934890885122?s=21

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This is why I traded Fant. That connection from college is going to matter. 

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And his BFF just happens to be the Broncos starting QB.

 

This is why I traded Fant a month ago. 

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Broncos TE Albert Okwuegbunam caught 2-of-6 targets for 45 yards in Week 6 against the Patriots.

Okwuegbunam was inactive the first four games with an ankle injury. Nick Vannett started with Noah Fant sidelined, but he ran more routes, tying Tim Patrick for the team lead in targets. Okwuegbunam was Drew Lock's tight end in college and looks to have a role moving forward.  The rookie fourth-rounder will be a streaming option if Fant misses another week.

Oct 18, 2020, 4:58 PM ET

 

 

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Albert Okwuegbunam caught 7-of-7 targets for 60 yards in the Broncos' Week 7 loss to the Chiefs. 

Even with Noah Fant back from his ankle injury, "Albert O" tied his fellow seam stretcher for the team lead in targets. Drew Lock is lost right now, and he seems to be retreating to the comfort of his college teammate, who does have the tools to be a big-play and red-zone threat. Of course, with Fant back, Okwuegbunam's current targets pace — 13 in two games — can't possibly keep up. Okwuegbunam is a bottom-basement TE2 flier in an awful year for the position. 

Oct 25, 2020, 7:58 PM ET

 

 

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Pretty quiet 'round here. Has anyone seen this guy play the past couple of weeks? I thought he was already rostered but I just picked him up on my dynasty squad and I also have Fant. Are there any Broncos fans here? Will they use both of them on the field at the same time? 

I guess now would be a good time for me to check out some game footage. 

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Broncos TE Albert Okwuegbunam caught his lone target for a nine-yard touchdown in the Broncos' Week 8 win against the Chargers. 

The size-speed marvel elevated to catch a critical fourth quarter touchdown in Denver's comeback against the hopeless Chargers. But Albert O played just 16 of the team's 65 offensive snaps with Noah Fant seemingly recovered from a lingering ankle injury. Fant racked up nine targets against LA. Okwuegbunam should only be rostered in tight end premium formats. 

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Nov 2, 2020, 9:36 AM ET

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Broncos TE Albert Okwuegbunam (knee) suffered a torn ACL in Week 9 against the Falcons.

Okwuegbunam is the fourth tight end to land on injured reserve for the Broncos this year, joining Jake Butt, Austin Fort, and Andrew Beck. The team will reportedly swoop in and sign Troy Fumagalli, but odds are Noah Fant and Nick Vannett are the only active players at that position for Denver down the stretch. Okwuegbunam's absence creates even more opportunity for Fant since the rookie led the team in red zone (4) and end zone (5) targets since being activated from injured reserve.

SOURCE: Troy Renck on Twitter

Nov 9, 2020, 1:12 PM ET

 

 

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