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Duke Ihenacho

Duke Ihenacho - #2 - SS

Height: 6-0 1/8
Weight: 213
Speed: 4.66
Arm: 32 3/4
Hand: 9 1/4
Wingspan: 78
Birthdate: 06/16/1989
Hometown: Torrance, CA
Grade: 5.25

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/21/2012 San Jose State Pro Day 6-0 207 9 32 1/8 77 1/2 4.54 10'3" 39 1/2 11.95
02/29/2012 Combine 6-0 1/8 213 9 1/4 32 3/4 78 4.68 20 10'2" 35 4.23 6.79
01/16/2012 East-West Shrine 6-0 212 9 32 76 3/4
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-0 203 8 1/4 32 1/4 77 1/2 4.60

 

Notes:

Last name is pronounced “EE-ah-NAH-cho.” Was a basketball player and track athlete prior to trying football as a high school junior. Started 6-of-10 games in which he played as a true freshman in 2007 (wore jersey No. 19) — five at strong safety, one at weak-side linebacker — and recorded 32 tackles, four pass breakups and zero interceptions with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Did not play against Idaho or Fresno State (thigh). Manned the weak-side linebacker position in ’08, starting all 12 games and notching 66-6-5 (two TDs) with 51⁄2 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Back at safety in ’09, started all 12 games and logged 89-6-1 with 2 1⁄2 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. In ’10, managed 8-1-0 with one tackle for loss and a forced fumble in two starts before suffering a season-ending broken left foot. Started the first 11 games of the ’11 season at safety and recorded 73-6-1 with four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Missed his last collegiate game with a left knee injury. Team captain.

Positives:

Very good size and length — muscular, well-proportioned build with long arms. Athletic movement skills. Accelerates and pursues aggressively when he sees it (closes fast). Runs the alley and chops down runners. Flashes striking ability. Showed soft hands in Combine drills. Smart. Has NFL bloodlines.

Negatives:

Needs to improve functional strength — stays wired on blocks. Still developing instincts and football sense — slow to see routes unfolding (reacts faster vs. the run). Does not consistently leverage the field. Takes some questionable angles and run fits. Leaky tackler — misses too many (more effective with momentum). Has man-cover limitations. Gets boxed out downfield by bigger receivers.

Summary:

Well-built, muscular, athletic, missile-type strong safety with some upside who might be best in an aggressive, attacking scheme where he can play downhill or even be used as a nickel linebacker. At worst, should be a versatile backup and core special-teams player. 


Duke Ihenacho's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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