Photo of David Onyemata
Drafted By: Saints
5.49 ?

Draft Analysis:

The Saints will need to be patient with Onyemata, as he's new to the game and extremely raw. The organization, however, recognized his nasty demeanor and "plus" athleticism on film and against top competition during Shrine week. He's a project with a potentially nice payoff. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'4" Height
  • 300LBS. Weight



Big, powerful frame. Has some violence and jolt in his punch. Big hands with good arm length. Has potential to be snap­-winner at point of attack with NFL coaching. Features explosion and thrust from hips to channel his power. Good movement skills with experience inside and outside. Has ability to shuck and tackle against run and instincts should improve over time. Shows ability to hold ground against power when pad level is right. Frame should accept more mass.


Tremendously raw and inexperienced. Has played the game for just four years and may not be ready to contribute on a regular basis for at least a couple of years. Pass rushes too often resort to power on power. Doesn't seem to have any plan as a rusher at this time.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

Bottom Line

Intriguing, ascending prospect who garnered the attention of several NFL teams at his pro day in Winnipeg, Canada, and Onyemata did not disappoint. His combination of pure power and explosion could have teams considering him as early as the second day, but he still needs more coaching and experience before he ever plays at that level. Onyemata has the potential to become an eventual NFL starter on the interior.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster