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BigTex

Don't mess with Texas
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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Bracie Smathers

Footballguy
I recently read in ran a 4.5 forty time..................WOW!!!! (If true).
Albert Okwuegbunam runs 4.49-second 40

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.

 
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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 |

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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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Faust

MVP
Rotoworld:

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


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


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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Faust

MVP
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

 

Faust

MVP
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

 

PhantomJB

Footballguy
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

 

Milkman

Footballguy
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. 

 

Faust

MVP
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

 

Faust

MVP
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

 

farfromforgotten

Footballguy
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. 

 

Faust

MVP
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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Noah Fant

Nov 2, 2020, 9:36 AM ET
 

Faust

MVP
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

 

Faust

MVP
The Broncos do not expect TE Albert Okwuegbunam (ACL) to be ready for the start of training camp. 

The 2020 fourth-rounder went down last Week 9. "Albert O" was making some noise in the red zone before going down last year, but any 2021 contributions will be a bonus. It is possible he begins the season on reserve/PUP, costing him six games. 

SOURCE: Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter 

May 1, 2021, 8:15 PM ET

 
(RotoWire) Okwuegbunam (knee) got limited on-field work in during Monday's practice, George Stoia of The Denver Gazette reports.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam is roughly five months removed from undergoing surgery to repair his torn right ACL. While he certainly isn't back to full health yet, it's encouraging to see the tremendously athletic tight end progressing well in his recovery. Coach Vic Fangio previously said that Okwuegbunam might not be fully healthy for the start of training camp, but it appears that he could still be on track for Week 1.

 

IHEARTFF

Footballguy
ALBERT OKWUEGBUNAM VULTURES A TOUCHDOWN AGAINST GIANTS

by Keith Hernandez

1 day ago 

Denver Broncos backup tight end Albert Okwuegbunamdidn't see much work in the 27-13 Week 1 win over the New York Giants on Sunday, but he made his looks count by catching all three for 16 yards and a touchdown. Okwuegbunam's touchdown catch was a four-yarder at the goal line from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. On the other end of the spectrum, Albert O also lost a fumble in the red zone. It was encouraging to see Noah Fant's backup getting involved in the red zone, and the 23-year-old was productive with his opportunities in 2020. However, there just won't be enough weekly volume to make him a viable fantasy option in this crowded offense. But if anything were to happen to Fant, Okwuegbunam would likely become a weekly low-end streaming consideration.

 

Faust

MVP
Albert Okwuegbunam caught 4-of-4 targets for 24 yards in the Broncos' Week 2 win against the Jaguars. 

Albert O quietly has seven receptions on seven targets through two games, running a decent number of pass routes in a Denver offense frequently using two tight end sets. Okwuegbunam ran a route on 47.36 percent of Teddy Bridgewater's drop backs in Week 2. Noah Fant, meanwhile, ran a route on 72.6 percent of Bridgewater's drop backs and caught four of his six targets, including a touchdown. Now fully recovered from a 2020 ACL injury, the massive Okwuegbunam has some appeal in deep fantasy leagues. If Fant were to miss time this season, Okwuegbunam would be a must-grab off the waiver wire. 

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Sep 20, 2021, 8:26 AM ET

 

TampaMike19

Footballguy
He's very under the radar. Tore his ACL last year and already got back on the field and immediately produces. Dynasty own. 

 

Faust

MVP
Albert Okwuegbunam injured his hamstring in Wednesday's practice and is not practicing Thursday.

Albert O lost a big snap share during Week 4, cratering to just 26% of the offensive snaps after playing 50+% in the first two games of the season. This is great news for Noah Fant as he now looks to be the primary tight end and one of the main competitors for the middle of the field targets. Hamstring injuries can linger and it would not be surprising if Okwuegbunam missed Sunday's game. 

SOURCE: Mike Klis on Twitter

Oct 7, 2021, 1:58 PM ET

 

Faust

MVP
Broncos placed Albert Okwuegbunam (hamstring) on injured reserve.

Okwuegbunam has been playing a meaningful role for Denver with both Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler sidelined. He has taken the field for nearly half of the team's offensive snaps through four weeks and has caught nine passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. With Okwuegbunam out, Noah Fant's targets should see a small bump. He was already playing on most of Denver's snaps but this locks him into an every-down role and secures his TE1 status for the foreseeable future. 

SOURCE: Mike Klis on Twitter

Oct 9, 2021, 4:09 PM ET

 

Faust

MVP
Broncos activated TE Albert Okwuegbunam (hamstring) from injured reserve.

Okwuegbunam has run a route on 36% of the Broncos dropbacks, and has a 1.06 yards per route run this season, so he's not exactly a force of nature as a fantasy option. The tight end's return could have an impact on Noah Fant, however. With Jerry Jeudy also being activated from injured reserve on Saturday, the Broncos suddenly have a crowded group of receiving options. 

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Noah Fant

SOURCE: Mike Klis on Twitter

Oct 30, 2021, 3:20 PM ET

 

The Frankman

Footballguy
@Big Tex the name is Albert Okwuegbunam. Misspelled
 

Albert Okwuegbunam caught 4-of-5 targets for 25 yards in the Broncos' Week 9 win over the Cowboys.

Making the start in place of Noah Fant (COVID), Okwuegbunam injured his knee in the first half and was never really heard from again. He came into this one questionable with a knee issue. Fant should be back in time for Week 10 against the Eagles.

- NBC SportsEDGE
 
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Faust

MVP
Broncos TE Albert Okwuegbunam (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 10 against the Eagles.

The second-year tight end got in two limited practices to close the week. That puts him on the right side of questionable for Sunday's game. Okwuegbunam played 80% of snaps and caught 4-of-5 targets for 25 yards in Denver's Week 9 win with Noah Fant out, but they should see closer to a 50% snap share with Fant returning from the COVID-19 list.

Nov 12, 2021, 6:44 PM ET

 

Faust

MVP
Denver’s TEs disappointed in 2021, but they’re set to bounce back under Nathaniel Hackett (February 16)

Excerpt:

Albert Okwuegbunam

The 2021 season was surprisingly strong for Albert Okwuegbunam, despite being buried behind Noah Fant and also having to deal with Shurmur’s inability to effectively use the talent he was provided with.

Okwuegbunam did a better job making chicken salad out of chicken you-know-what than Fant did however, leading some in Broncos Country wanting to see him supplant the 2019 first-round pick.

Coming off a torn ACL, Okwuegbunam tallied 33 receptions on 40 targets for 330 yards and  two touchdowns, while helping to generate a passer rating of 117.7 whenever targetted. As Okwuegbunam has better short-area movement skills than Fant, he was better suited for Shurmur’s scheme, but was still utilized poorly, as he saw a measly 17.5% of his targets come at a depth greater than 10 yards.

The biggest takeaway from 2021 for Okwuegbunam was that he established himself as a legitimate offensive threat moving forward, instead of just a luxury piece to use on occassion. The talent is evident. Now, the Broncos finally have someone to utilize it.

 

moleculo

Footballguy
I don't have the stats in front of me at the moment and I could be completely off base here, but I don't recall Wilson throwing to the TE position that much in Seattle.  So, are you that excited about Albert O?    The Broncos do have a lot of WR weapons.   I do like Albert O's talent however.
I think that blurb came before the Wilson trade.

Fantasy wise, I'm not bullish on Albert O.  He has a HC/OC that doesn't have a long track record of leaning on the TE and a QB who has a career of throwing to WR's.

IMO, there are two kinds of TE success- those guys whos talent screams to get them the ball - guys like Gonzo, Gronk, Kelce, Kittle.  Then there are situational guys - teams that game plan around the TE, or QB's who need the security blanket.  Albert O checks neither box, IMO.

 

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