2017 NFL Draft

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Fendi Onobun

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 252 | College: Houston
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The success of college basketball players Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates at the next level is starting to push athletic hoopsters into helmets and shoulder pads. Although Onobun won't be drafted as high as Miami's Jimmy Graham, he has enough potential to be a late-round pick.

Onubon played four seasons of basketball at Arizona as a reserve (turning down football coach Mike Stoops' overtures to join his squad) after being a top recruit out of Houston. Taking advantage of the NCAA rule allowing an athlete one season of eligibility at another sport if he had not redshirted, Onubon moved back home to try his hands (and feet) at tight end for the Cougars. In 11 games, he had only two catches for 33 yards and one score … but he also blocked two extra points against Southern Miss, which earned him C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week. Missing time in preseason with a high ankle sprain set him back, as well.

But that one year of film, along with his exceptional pro day (4.45-second 40-yard dash, 37.5-inch vertical, 11'1" broad jump) has whet scouts' appetite for what he could become with time. If his leg clears medical checks, don't doubt that teams will select him in the late rounds despite his lack of experience.


Release: Athletic enough to get out of three-point stance into his route or get body moving in H-back position. Nice footwork to stutter step off the line and get past linebackers.

Hands: Soft hands from the basketball court, looks natural as a receiver in his limited chances. Used to catching a ball in traffic during in his former sport but hasn't proven that on the football field.

Route running: Limited experience running routes, used down the seam or on naked bootlegs in Houston's non-TE-friendly scheme. Work in progress here.

After the catch: Long strider who lacks instincts and vision to elude defenders in the open field, but his acceleration and straight-line speed makes it tough for linebackers to catch up with him.

Blocking: Prototypical height, fair build for an in-line tight end. Displays a decent anchor and can play with a wide base. Allows defenders too far into his chest at times, so they can shed him after initial contact when he drops his head and forgets to bend his knees and move his feet. Good footwork to gain position to wall off or seal the edge. Gives secondary effort if beaten while play is in progress.

Intangibles: Affable person on the field, willingly physical on it.

2009 Season

Appeared in 11 games … joined the Cougars after playing basketball during his first four collegiate seasons at Arizona … made his football debut on special teams against Texas Tech … hauled in a 15-yard catch in the third quarter against C-USA rival SMU for the first reception of his career … blocked two extra points against C-USA rival Southern Miss … grabbed an 18-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter to cap the scoring against C-USA rival Memphis. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Made his first career start at tight end against Air Force.

Injury Report

2008: Had rod inserted into left leg to repair stress fracture in his tibia.

Agility Tests

Combine: Did not receive an invitation.

Pro day: 4.45-second 40-yard dash, 37.5-inch vertical, 11'1" broad jump, 4.15 shuttle, 16 bench reps at 225 pounds.


2007/2008 Season … Registered three rebounds, an assist and a block on 3/12 vs. Oregon State … Collected two points and three rebounds at Oregon on 3/8 … Tallied four points in three minutes at Oregon State on 3/6 … Earned the first start of his career on 3/2 vs. UCLA … Scored a season-high six points in a career-high 19 minutes to go with an assist and a block on 2/28 vs. USC … Posted four rebounds and two blocks on 2/21 at Washington … Played 12 minutes vs. Stanford on 2/16 … Saw four minutes of action vs. California on 2/14 … Played 12 minutes vs. Arizona State on 2/10 … Missed two FG attempts and collected a rebound in four minutes at UCLA on 2/2 … Grabbed a rebound and a bucket in one minute at USC on 1/31 … Garnered a brief appearance (0+ minutes) vs. Washington on 1/26 … Passed out his first assist of the season on 1/19 at California … Tallied four points and two rebounds on 1/17 at Stanford.

Posted season-high totals of four points, five rebounds and an assist in 17 minutes at Houston on 1/12 … Scored a bucket and grabbed a rebound in five minutes at Arizona State on 1/9 … Tallied four points and a rebound on 1/5 vs. Oregon … Collected a steal in two minutes vs. Oregon State on 1/3 … Played a season-best 13 minutes on 12/29 at Memphis, collecting four points, a board and a steal … Corralled two boards and a field goal on 12/22 vs. San Diego State in eight minutes … Tallied a bucket and a rebound in three minutes of action on 12/16 vs. Fresno State … Sat out much of the preseason and the first eight games due to shin problems.

High School

Signed with Arizona during the November Early Signing Period … Ranked as the No. 13 small forward prospect in the nation by rivals.com … A three-year letterwinner at Alief Taylor High School … Averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game as a senior … Led Lions to a 28-9 record in 2004-05 for coach Jeff Dunford … A three-time all-district honoree who also earned first-team all-city and all-region accolades as a senior … A McDonald's All-America nominee … Played in the 2005 Global Games on the same team with former Wildcats J.P. Prince and Marcus Williams, July 23-30, in Dallas, Texas, and averaged 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from the floor in six games … Averaged 15.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game as a junior … An honor roll student who was a cum laude graduate (top 15 percent of his graduating class) … A member of the National Honor Society.


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