Obum Gwacham, DE

School: Oregon State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 246 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.722.76-22 36-4.287.28
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.662.761.6622 3610'1"4.287.28

Player Overview

A two-star wide receiver recruit out of high school, Gwacham collected a few FCS offers, but not much attention from FBS-level teams until Oregon State offered him a scholarship. After redshirting in 2010, he spent the next three seasons as a little-used wide receiver (11/165/15.1/1) and collected nine tackles on special teams coverages. Gwacham moved to defense as a senior in an attempt to get on the field, finishing the 2014 season with 28 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and one forced fumble as a pass rusher.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Good-looking athlete with a tall, long frame...first quick step with acceleration off the edge, flattening and closing with burst...shows active hands to fight through blockers, working hard to keep himself clean...lower body explosiveness with springs in his calves - also a high jumper on the Oregon State track team...pursuit speed to chase from behind and make plays at the sideline...improved diagnose skills and ball awareness, reading his keys and not allowing himself to be fooled.

Lacks the power to match up in the trenches, but that doesn't stop him, playing with a competitive, attacking mentality...offers versatility as an experienced special teamer - can be used on offense in goal line situations as a red zone threat...prides himself on his conditioning and workout routines...positive attitude that rubs off on his teammates according to his coaches...football bloodlines - brother (Nnamdi) played four seasons at Utah State as a wide receiver.

WEAKNESSES: Very lean upper and lower body with skinny limbs...needs to continue adding weight, but is nearly maxed out...lacks the functional strength to consistently stack-and-shed at the point of attack...doesn't convert speed to power and doesn't offer much shock in his punch...active hands, but doesn't use them effectively enough...instincts and snap anticipation are still rough around the edges - needs to locate the ball quicker and improve his pursuit angles...pops upright off the snap and doesn't rush with tact or creativity.

All four of his sacks came in the first five games of 2014 as he struggled to make adjustments against better competition down the stretch...doesn't show a nasty attitude and needs more glass in his diet...only one season on defense and will be a 24-year old NFL rookie...lean body type leads to durability concerns.

SUMMARY: A native of Onitsha, Nigeria, Gwacham, whose first name means "Son of God" in Nigerian, moved to the United States when he was seven years old and started playing football in high school. After playing wide receiver his first four seasons in Corvallis, he transitioned to defense at left defensive end for his senior season, showing raw promise as an edge rusher.

Gwacham relies on his effort and athleticism over strength and technique and needs to become a more well-rounded player to survive at the next level - worth a mid-to-late round gamble, fitting both 4-3 (wide-nine defensive end) and 3-4 (outside pass rusher) schemes.

--Dane Brugler

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