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Charles Omenihu is Steve Spagnuolo’s type of defensive end

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Merry Draftmas. Let’s talk about Texas defensive end Charles Omenihu.

A very Merry Draftmas to you! It’s 25 Days of Draftmas on Arrowhead Pride, where we’ll be giving you a Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect every day in April leading up to the NFL Draft. You’ll get a daily prospect profile like this one right up until Draft Day.


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Charles Omenihu, EDGE

6’5” | 280 lbs | Texas

Projected draft range: day two

I would take him in the: second round

One-sentence bio: Started over 30 games in his college career and was the Big 12 defensive lineman of the year in 2018.

One-sentence scouting report: Long, dense, powerful edge player with some inside-outside versatility, powerful hands and a good first step.

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How he fits in KC: Steve Spagnuolo has a defensive end type and it’s not just pass rusher whose names start with the letter O (what’s up Okafor and Ogbah?). From a length and size perspective, the Chiefs would be adding another player that is in the same mold as the two defensive ends they’ve invested in this offseason to accommodate their new defensive staff. Omenihu has good burst and long frame that he’s able to use well. He’s dense enough that he could provide some ability to kick inside on rush downs. He shares the same hip stiffness as the edge players the Chiefs are shifting toward, but he comes into the NFL with decorated production. You would like to see him hold up better against the run, but there’s still time to develop in that aspect. The physical traits are inarguable—he just needs to continue to become a well-rounded player to make a larger impact in his rookie contract.

If the Chiefs aren’t able to address EDGE in the first round of the draft, their attention could very quickly turn to Omenihu because of how much sense he would make playing in the new 4-3 under scheme.

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