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Michael Hoomanawanui (TE)
  • Height:
    6'4"
  • Weight:
    264 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/8 in.
  • College:
    Illinois
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: St. Louis Rams
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 1 (132)
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Pick Analysis: The Rams add a talented blocking tight end in Michael Hoomanawanui. He flashes the ability to seal the edge on outside runs, and gives the Rams a solid No. 2 tight end to use in multiple tight end packages. Given the versatility of the Rams' west-coast offense, the addition of Hoomanawanui is another piece of the team's offensive puzzle.

Overview

Hoomanawanui has some physical skills but has struggled to show it on the field. He came to Illinois with a lot of expectations but suffered some sort of injury virtually every season. He has good size and flashes the ability to smother opponents when blocking on the edge but does not unload with much pop or punch and often lets opponents escape with minimal resistance. He tends to round off his cuts and does not show much of a burst out of his breaks and struggles to separate from good man coverage. He shows good hand-eye coordination and has a wide receiving radius.


Strengths

Possesses great height and a thick, muscular build. Shows the ability to engulf defenders when blocking in the running game. Has big, strong hands and catches the ball away from his body with ease. Very agile for his size and can find soft spots in zone coverage.

Weaknesses

Does not have the speed to stretch the middle of the field. A bit stiff in the hips and loses momentum in and out of his breaks, which limits his ability to separate in man coverage. Rounds off routes too often and struggles to set up defenders with fakes. Had a litany of injuries in college.

Grade

4.3

 
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