James Onwualu
Projection
Round 5-6
Grade
C
6.40
Quality Backup

James Onwualu

Linebacker
Notre Dame
  • Year: Senior
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 230
  • 40-Yard: 4.67
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

Very good athlete for a linebacker. Versatile, as he has played LB, WR and S in college. Has good instincts. Plays very well against the pass, gets depth with his drops and has real good awareness. Can play man on backs and tight ends. Solid tackler.

Weak Points

Marginal LB size. Needs to get bigger and stronger. Might not have the speed to be a hybrid type.

The Way We See It

Three-year starter for Notre Dame and has played three positions. Started out as a wide receiver and got playing time there as a true freshman. Moved to defense during his sophomore year and ended up starting games at OLB. Has improved each year. Undersized but aggressive with good instincts. Plays the pass very well. Good run defender but can be a bit slow off blocks. His best chance is as a hybrid linebacker because of his coverage skills. The question will be his speed. If he runs fast, he could go as high as the fifth.