Godwin Igwebuike (S, Northwestern) – 80

There is a lot to like about Igwebuike.  Entrance to Northwestern, of course, intimates that his brain contains more than a grey, nebulous mist and you can see evidence of this on the field.  He is impressively instinctive against the run and, once he diagnoses a play, his closing speed is certainly of an NFL calibre – he is genuinely quick for a safety.  He reads a QB’s eyes well, which enables him to get into position to make the tackle with an economy of effort.  His tackling technique is sound, particularly against the run, where he takes excellent angles, enabling him to explode into contact.  Against the pass, he has a tendency to wrestle people to the ground but I won’t criticise him too much for this; he does, at least, do it consistently, unlike Armani Watts of Texas A&M.  I like his quickness and flexibility in man coverage; in zone, however, he is, on occasion, hesitant when it comes to diagnosing his responsibilities.  He looks like a fluid, able athlete, with sufficient size to play well in the NFL and the attitude and intelligence to accept coaching.  He is also an alpha-male leader, who should be a very positive addition to any locker room.  I am not sure about his 6-0, 200lb measurable, which look a little generous;  at the same time, I would be happy if my team were to draft Igwebuike somewhere on Day 2.

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