Photo of Ukeme Eligwe
Drafted By: Chiefs
5.07 ?

Draft Analysis:

It took longer than some fans would have liked for Kansas City to address one of their weaker units, but Eligwe is a strong fit for Bob Sutton's 34 scheme. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'2" Height
  • 239LBS. Weight


One of the top 50 high school players in the country in 2012, Ukeme Eligwe (pronounced ew-KIM-ay ee-LEEG-way) went to Florida State to begin his college career. He was a contributor as a redshirt freshman on the SeminolesÂ’ BCS championship team in 2013 (28 tackles, team-leading 10 on special teams, two sacks), but played in just two games due to a foot injury the following year and was dismissed for violating team rules after the season. He was granted a medical redshirt for that season but decided to leave for the NFL Draft after 2016, his only season playing for the GSU Eagles. Eligwe was an honorable mention All-Sun Belt pick last fall, leading the team with 104 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles.



Looks the part. Carries an athletic frame with well-defined legs and long arms. Keeps pads square to the line of scrimmage on a consistent basis when sifting through traffic and flowing to the ball. Occasionally flashes a big, downhill burst when he's free to race on an angle to a play-side run. Length allows him to dive and sprawl for additional tackle radius when pursuing to the edge. Willing to set a hard, inside shoulder against pulling guards to spill the run outside to a teammate. Asked to carry some man coverage responsibilities down the field. Matched up against Evan Engram on a few snaps and hung in. Is a freight train to the quarterback as a blitzer. Forced three fumbles this season.


Play strength doesn't always match impressive frame. Needs to drop pad level when engaging at point of attack for increased power. Ducks head when taking on blockers and can lose sight of running back. Focuses on blockers rather than playing through them. Can get glued to blocks and is slow to shed. Needs to improve technique and hand usage in order to punch and control. Lacks instincts. Is a step slow to read keys and flow to the ball. Late start allows linemen to climb up and land blocks. Straight-liner with poor stop-start quickness and change of direction. Booted out of the Florida State program and character will have to be vetted.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6-7

NFL Comparison

Christian Jones

Bottom Line

Highly-touted, four-star prospect out of high school, Eligwe passes the eyeball test with flying colors. He is a straight-line player who struggles to change direction in space and needs to keep plays in front of him. His lack of anticipation and instincts could cause teams to try him as a strong-side 4-3 linebacker rather than inside. He has the physical traits and potential that should land him on a practice squad with an outside shot of making a roster.
-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