Godwin Igwebuike

Northwestern
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Prospect Info

College
Northwestern
Hometown
Class
Pickerton, OH
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
213 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.63
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.44
Seconds
Bench Press
19
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
128.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.56
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.12
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
10.81
Seconds
 
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Igwebuike (ig-weh-BYU-kay) could have gone to many different successful college football programs as a finalist for Ohio's Mr. Football Award in 2012 (1,985 rushing yards, 29 TD, five interceptions at Pickerington North). The four-star recruit picked Northwestern, where he redshirted his first season with the Wildcats. He started five of 11 games played the following year, making 51 tackles and tying for the team lead with three interceptions (all coming against Wisconsin). Igwebuike took a leadership role in 2015, starting every game and putting up 87 stops, 4.5 for loss, and five pass breakups. Big Ten coaches took notice of his ability to cover the field as a run and pass defender in 2016, voting him second-team all-conference after leading his team with 108 tackles, 5.5 for loss. He ranked ninth in the FBS with six solo tackles a game during the year, often attacking holes in the run game with quickness and power. He intercepted his only pass of the year against Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl, also making seven tackles and breaking up another throw. Igwebuike started all 13 games as a senior, garnering second-team All-Big Ten honors with 78 tackles, 1.5 for loss, two interceptions, and nine pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Delano Hill
Overview
Strong safety candidate with physical play demeanor to bolster a team's run support on the back end. Igwebuike is fearless as a downhill tackler and does a nice job of finding run fits when playing near the line. While he offers the ability to step inside on sub packages, he may lack the man cover talent to handle the slot and the instincts to make as many plays as teams would like from zone. He has some limitations, but he's an early performer on special teams with eventual starter potential.
Strengths
  • Highly intelligent with good physical traits
  • Three-year starter and 2017 team captain
  • Has build and toughness to play near the line of scrimmage
  • Offers nickel linebacker versatility
  • Physical striker who runs the alley to shortcut outside runs rather than waiting to play the angle
  • Has arm length and leaping ability to fight for 50-50 balls despite a lack of height
  • Pulled down impressive, deep ball interception against Wisconsin
  • Has a strong makeup burst
  • Will take short undercut routes underneath to close distance and play the ball
  • Expected to test well at Combine
  • Productive cover man on special teams all four years
Weaknesses
  • Struggled when asked to match up man-to-man
  • Lacking as pattern reader
  • Responds to what he sees and not to what he anticipates from routes
  • Needs to do a better job of finding football when back is to quarterback
  • Has rigid, upright pedal and can be late to flip and run
  • Lacks instincts in zone coverage and is slow to close out throws
  • Uses excessive chop steps before triggering
  • Inconsistent to wrap-up this season
  • May need to play strong safety only
Sources Tell Us

"I wanted to see more from him this year. I don't know that he's really improved much over the years. I think he'll test well, but I just think he's very average when he has to cover." -- NFC team Midwest scout

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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