Onyemata’s tape was so impressive that over 20 NFL teams sent scouts and positional coaches went up to the university of Manitoba in Canada for his pro day workout’s including the Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson.
Today started as good ole trip to the Saints facility with Christy Chauvin (@whodatwarriors) to devour some homegrown mudbugs at the annual Saints crawfish boil, and it started normally but when the I checked my phone on how far round four had progressed I seen the Saints had traded up to select a player from Canada.
Needless to say I wasn’t happy with moving up (my usual knee jerk reaction) but Christy calmed me down with an evil eye stare (I kid Christy).
Usually on the third day of the NFL draft it’s really more relaxed and not as ramped up as the first two days but of course the Saints had to throw a monkey wrench in there to get all of us that cover the team scrambling – who is David Onyemata?
After getting home and looking at some film of this kid, I understand why the Saints made this move. While somewhat raw, he disrupts behind the line of scrimmage. He plays long and what I mean by that is the way he uses his upper body (mainly his hand and arms) and quickness – he exploded to the ball carrier.
Onyemata’s tape was so impressive that over 20 NFL teams sent scouts and positional coaches went up to the university of Manitoba in Canada for his pro day workout’s including the Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson. In fact Johnson was the only coach that stayed late and gathered more information meeting with players and staff after the workouts were over. According to Bison’s coach Brian Dobie there were two teams that were extremely interested in David Onyemata and the Saint were one of them.
When listening to coach Payton describe Onyemata you here phrases like “self made” or “accomplished a lot” and we did “a ton of research” also on he sees how he would use Oneymata – “Inside in the sub-rush, end in the base” This last comment by Payton caught my eye, the Saints see him as a defensive end with the ability to move him inside in the nickle package – I love this if he pans out and gets up to speed.
The Saints surprised us all by moving up to select David Onyemata
I have a bit of reservations about this young man making an immediate impact, after all he’s a 4th round pick but something in the back of my mind keeps pulling my strings – the Saints did not want to chance this kid being snatched up at all.
I can’t wait until camp to get a first hand look at Onyemata, so until then I leave you with this.