When healthy, Ihenacho has been a force in the secondary since arriving at San Jose State. He has played corner in the past but finished his senior year at safety and projects best to that position at the next level. Ihenacho is a strong run defender who can also cover deep, and has fourth-round value.
Ihenacho is physical when coming down to support the run. He is alert in zone and understands when to bite and when to play back. He is explosive and a quick reactor in run and pass. He has the athletic ability to finish plays in the pass game and the speed to come up and meet running backs to deliver one of his trademark punishing blows.
Ihenacho has some problems with his technique when working in his backpedal. He usually prefers to shuffle and then run forward to make plays, so he may have a tough time covering in man or playing out of close alignments at the next level.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.