NFL coaches and scouts certainly judge a college offensive linemans pro prospects by their physical attributes in part, but intelligence and character are often overlooked in the scouting process by those outside the league. Omameh presents plenty of both in his portfolio, as is evidenced by his 4.0 high school grade-point average and Academic All-Big Ten status, as well as the athleticism and power to be a starter at the next level.
Michigan plucked Omameh (pronounced O-MAH-may) from the backyards of their hated rival, Ohio State; he was an all-state pick out of Columbus as a senior, though only a two or three-star prospect depending on the recruiting list. After redshirting the 2008 season, Omameh got into four games as a reserve tackle (left or right) before starting the teams final three contests at right guard. There he would stay for the next 26 games, leading the Wolverines deadly running attack that ranked 13th in the country in both 2010 and 2011.
In 2012, Omameh started 13 games at right guard for the Wolverines. At Michigan's pro day, Omameh ran the 40-yard dash in 5.20 and 5.19 seconds. He had a 27-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-11 broad jump. He had a 4.65-second short shuttle and performed 22 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Enforces his will as drive-blocker in the run game, and uses that same strong punch to knock pass rushers off their route. Plays with some bend in pass protection, and also flashes impressive flexibility and length to redirect (or cut-block) oncoming targets trying to run through the B-gap or even the A-gap to the opposite side of the center. Sustain the block when redirecting, chasing his man around the pocket until the ball is gone.
Runs with a high pad level (with impressive speed in a straight line) and can be avoided in space by quicker defenders who see him coming. Needs to get his hands up more quickly to secure second-level blocks and to prevent tougher tackles from making him into a sled getting stronger in the lower body and learning to plant his feet to anchor would also help his cause against powerful NFL tackles. Learning to hold his ground in those situations make him a candidate for a starting job early in his pro career.
Omameh has an athletic build and possesses excellent flexibility for his size, but is also impressive moving his man out of the running lane. His intelligence and growing frame make him a solid mid-round choice and should land him a spot on an NFL offensive line sooner, rather than later.
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.