Robert Okereke

Stanford
LB

Prospect Info

College
Stanford
Hometown
Class
Santa Ana, CA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
239 lbs
34 1/2”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.48
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Indianapolis
Colts
Round 3 ‧ Pick 26
40 Yard Dash
4.58u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
122.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.25
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.26
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Okereke (pronounced oh-kuh-REE-kee) earned major accomplishments before arriving to Palo Alto, achieving Eagle Scout status and winning the prestigious Watkins Award in 2014 as the nation's top African-American high school player in terms of academic and athletic excellence. He has steadily grown in his achievements with the Cardinal, going from a reserve defender his redshirt freshman season (seven tackles in 11 games) to a 13-game starter in 2016 (41 tackles, four for loss, three sacks) to an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection (14 starts, 96 tackles, 7.5 for loss, four sacks, one INT). Okereke finished his junior year well, making five tackles, one for loss, and a pass breakup against TCU in the Alamo Bowl. He was an honorable mention all-conference pick in 2018, leading Stanford with 96 tackles, 7.5 for losses, including 3.5 sacks. He also broke up five passes, forced two fumbles and scored a safety in 13 starts.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
Undersized but instinctive and rangy, Okerke plays fast and is generally on the right track with his initial reads and response to play development. While he's fairly sound from a technical standpoint, his lack of size and strength shows up in both tackling and downhill duties against blockers. He has adequate talent to drop and cover in space and his experience on special teams gives him a shot to become a quality NFL backup.
Strengths
  • Productive linebacker who finds the football
  • Plays with consistent football smarts
  • Quick to diagnose and out-race runner to designed rush path
  • Long, loose slides when scraping to the football
  • Long-armed with ability to punch and separate from climbing blocks
  • Burst to prevent runner from splitting linebackers up to third level
  • Good recognition of screen development
  • Able to slip blocks in space and get into tackles
  • Rangy with sideline-to-sideline speed
  • Good awareness and communication from zone
  • Athleticism to handle short-area man coverage
  • Experience as a core special-teams player
Weaknesses
  • Undersized as inside linebacker
  • Absorbs majority of force when meeting lead blocks in hole
  • Needs earlier counter-attack to handle climbing blocks
  • Below-average base to maintain contact balance
  • Gets too froggy racing to his spot and loses leverage
  • Play will get out of control in space
  • Comes in hot rather than coming to balance
  • Sluggish in change of direction
  • Excessive number of missed and broken tackles
  • Too many arm tackles and not enough squared strikes
  • Needs to bring feet with him as a tackler to prevent sliding off

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league