2018 NFL Draft

Toben Opurum, FB

School: Kansas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Richardson, TX
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 249 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
04/08/2013 - Toben "Tobenuchukwu" Opurum, DE (6-1 3/8, 249) - Opurum ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds with the wind and 4.69 seconds against the wind. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.28 seconds. He also had 24 lifts on the bench. Opurum worked out at both outside linebacker and fullback at Kansas' pro day, and is a possible rookie free-agent pickup following the 2013 NFL Draft. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

09/16/2012 - DE Toben Opurum came from behind and stripped Casey Pachall just before he reached the goal line. The fourth-quarter fumble by the TCU quarterback resulted in a safety. Opurum also recovered a fumble and was in on six tackles.

08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: TOBEN OPURUM, KANSAS, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. Opurum, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior from Richardson, Texas, finished the 2011 season 45 tackles, including 10.5 behind the line of scrimmage and four sacks. He 10.5 tackles for a loss led KU and ranked 10th in the Big 12, while his four sacks ranked 17th in the conference. The senior also chipped in seven quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and a forced fumble. Opurum was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by the conference's coaches. - Kansas football

07/25/2012 - Kansas coach Charlie Weis will release an official depth chart next week, but there are already some minor position changes. Weis is mum on most specifics, but he seems set on one offensive plan. It appears all but certain that senior linebacker/defensive lineman Toben Opurum will be utilized as a running back in short-yardage, goal-line situations. Opurum began his career as a running back before moving to defense under former coach Turner Gill. Weis, in fact, recruited Opurum to Notre Dame as a running back. - Rustin Dodd, The Kansas City Star

07/09/2012 - Top-five Kansas prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. DE Toben Opurum (6-2, 245)...One of the more interesting stories in college football belongs to one of the more interesting prospects for next April's Draft. Opurum started his collegiate career as a running back, leading the team in rushing as a freshman, before moving to the defensive side of the ball two years ago. He is coming off his best season on defense, leading the Jayhawks in sacks (4.0) and tackles for loss (10.5) in 2011 as a junior hybrid defensive end. However, along with the rest of the defense, Opurum will play under his fourth defensive coordinator in the past four years in 2012, creating more questions than answers for his responsibilities as a senior. He will also play for his third head coach in the past four years, but the Plano-native was recruited hard by Coach Weis out of high school and considered the Irish one of his finalists before committing to the Jayhawks because of the lure of immediate playing time. Opurum started three games at running back as a true freshman, finishing with a team-best 554 yards and nine scores on the ground. Under new head coach Turner Gill in 2010, Opurum was moved to the defensive side of the ball, a move that forced him to consider transferring elsewhere to remain at running back, but he decided to stay in Lawrence and bulk up for his new pass rusher position. He started 18 games the past two seasons in a defensive end/linebacker role, setting career-bests last season with 45 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks. A senior captain, Opurum plays fast off the snap and it wouldn't be surprising to see among the conference leaders in sacks in 2012. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com