The Atlanta Falcons used one of their pre-draft top-30 visits on Adetomiwa Adebawore, a defensive lineman who stole the show at the NFL Combine last month.
“The Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons hosted Northwestern DL Adetomiwa Adebawore on a Top 30 visit, per source,” reported Ryan Fowler on Twitter. “One of the more unique athletes in the class and a potential dominant presence on Sundays.”
Adebawore was listed at edge and measured 6’1 5/8″ and 282 pounds. Those numbers put him closer to a more prototypical defensive tackle, but his 4.49 forty-yard dash put him in rarified company at virtually any position.
Standing under 6’2 makes and under 300 pounds makes him a bit of a tweener between defensive tackle and edge, but that can be used to his advantage.
In early downs he’ll be a great defensive end against the run, and he can slide inside to defensive tackle during passing downs.
He’s bigger (and quicker) than most edge rushers, and only one defensive tackle (Calijah Kancey) clocked below a 4.8 forty at the NFL Combine.
While his height may keep him from being an early or mid-first round pick, he measured 33 7/8″ arms. Longer than Myles Murphy of Clemson (33 3/4″). Longer than Andre Carter of Army who stands five inches taller than him.
He has plenty of “length” even if his height would be considered less than prototypical.
Adebawore was a standout at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in January. He was voted MVP of the defensive line during practice… by the offensive linemen.
The Falcons struck gold in 2015 when they drafted an interior lineman in the 5th round that was “too short.” Grady Jarrett measured 6’1 and 304 pounds at the NFL Combine in 2015.
Adebawore’s stock won’t fall as low as Jarrett’s did eight years ago because of his quickness and explosion (37.5″ vertical, 10’5″ broad jump), but it may keep him out of the first round.
If he’s still around when the Falcons pick at No. 44 overall in the second round, they’d do well to call his name.