Oklahoma linebacker Ogbonnaya Okoronkwo son of Mazi & Adamazi Benson Okoronkwo of Nzuko Umu Arochukwu Houston Chapter was drafted as the No. 160 pick in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft to the Los Angeles Rams.
The 2017 Walter Camp first-team All-American started in 26-of-46 appearances to total 164 tackles and 21 sacks — the second highest for a linebacker in Oklahoma history. Okoronkwo was also named the co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, ranking second in the conference with 17.5 tackles for loss and third with 8 sacks.
The process to becoming a key contributor for the Sooners was not immediate for Okoronkwo, recording only 17 tackles in his first two seasons — however, he saw a quick turnaround his junior season that led him to tie an Oklahoma linebacker record of nine sacks.
Initially projected as a second or third round pick, Okoronkwo brings an explosiveness that will likely drive his improvements at the next level.
Report courtesy of OUDaily.