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Old 05-01-2006, 09:40 PM   #1
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2006 Post Draft Signings - Chijioke Onyenegecha - CB - extensive profile

Chijioke Onyenegecha, CB, Oklahoma
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Name:
Chijioke Onyenegecha
College: Oklahoma Number: 22
Height: 6-2 Weight: 215
Position: CB Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2006

40 Time: 4.55

Projected Round: 5 Stock:
Rated number 22 out of 170 CB's 183 / 1738 TOTAL

Combine Results
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6013
Weight: 215
40 Yrd Dash: 4.55
20 Yrd Dash: 2.74
10 Yrd Dash: 1.60
Wonderlic:
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 16
Vertical Jump: 34 1/2
Broad Jump: 9'10"
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:

Pro Day Results
Dates: 03/08/06
Height: 6013
Weight: 215
40 Yrd Dash: 4.47
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump: 35 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'2"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.34
3-Cone Drill: 7.23


Overview

Onyenegecha is a raw talent who possesses very impressive athletic ability. He is still learning the nuances of the game, but displays outstanding range, smooth acceleration and excellent timed speed to develop into a solid cover cornerback.

Onyenegecha's mother is deceased and his father was deported to Nigeria before he ever met him. He lived in various foster homes throughout his life and lived with his coach, George Rush, at San Francisco City College for two seasons. Rush signed as Onyenegecha's legal guardian on his letter of intent to ASU.

Onyenegecha started as a running back and defensive back for two seasons at El Cerrito High School. He was a second-team All-State pick as a defensive back his senior year. He was also named to the All-West first-team by The Contra Costa Times and was a member of The Contra Costa Times "Cream of the Crop" and The San Francisco Chronicle's Top 25 lists.

Onyenegecha added All-Conference accolades at defensive back and running back in his final season, earning All-East Bay honors as a utility player. He was team Defensive MVP in his final campaign.

Onyenegecha totaled more than 800 rushing yards and 300 receiving yards in his senior season, averaging nearly 7.8 yards per carry. He also averaged close to 35 yards per return as a kickoff and punt return specialist.

He lettered in track-and-field for two years, earning team Most Valuable Player honors as a senior. Onyenegecha qualified for the state track meet in the 100- and 200-meter events in his final year, becoming the 100-meter champion for the north coast section. He posted personal prep bests in the 100-meters at 10.66 seconds and in the 200-meters at 21.60.

In 2002, Onyenegecha was regarded as the finest junior college corner in the nation and the eighth-ranked player overall by Super Prep. He was a first-team JC Gridwire All-American. His team won the national junior college championship during his freshman season, playing for Rush.

Onyenegecha signed a letter of intent to attend Arizona State University in 2003, but in February of that year ASU officials revealed the claim Onyenegecha gave to get out of that commitment. Any letter of intent for a player under 21 is required to have a signature from a parent, but Onyenegecha could not provide that signature (see above).

Onyenegecha told ASU he changed his mind about becoming a Sun Devil when former cornerback coach Ron English took a job in early March to head up the secondary at the University of Michigan. After English left, Onyenegecha decided he wanted to attend the University of Oklahoma and was told he could get out his letter of intent because it was not signed by his father, who is believed to be alive in Nigeria.

He signed a financial aid agreement with Oklahoma in April 2003, but did not report to Norman as he worked out his academic eligibility. Onyenegecha graduated from City College of San Francisco at the completion of the 2003 fall term, thus achieving eligibility at Oklahoma, but did not compete in college football that season.

Nursing a hamstring injury during 2004 preseason camps, Onyenegecha was relegated to reserve duty early in his junior campaign. An injury to Antonio Perkins paved the way for Onyenegecha to start four midseason games at right cornerback. He posted 27 tackles (19 solos) with an 8-yard sack. He also deflected six passes and caused a fumble.

The 2005 preseason was filled with accolades and Onyenegecha was mentioned as a possible Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back) candidate. He started the first three games at wide (right) cornerback, but was then shifted to boundary corner, coming off the bench for two contests before returning to the starting lineup.

Onyenegecha was a second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2005. He finished with 31 tackles (18) solo, broke up seven passes and returned his one interception 63 yards for a touchdown. He added three tackles for loss.



Analysis

Positives: Shows good overall muscle thickness, trim waist, good bubble, thick thighs and legs and a frame that can carry at least another 10-15 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness...When he is able to locate the ball, he shows urgency and a quick burst to close...Does a nice job of staying on the hip of the receiver, preferring to mirror rather than allow a big cushion...Has a smooth backpedal, staying low in his pads and turning sharply with no wasted steps in transition...Has a short, choppy stride which allows him to get good depth in his pass drops...Shows the range to make plays along the perimeter... Has above average power for a defensive back, showing good urgency to plug the rush lanes and push the lead blocker back through the alleys...Displays crisp lateral moves and gets a good break on the ball in flight...Extends his arms properly to wrap and secure tackles.

Negatives: Can be fooled by misdirection and play-action...Marginal zone defender who lacks anticipation skills and struggles to handle the switch vs. combo routes...Gets up on his heels quite a bit in transition, but has the burst and balance to break sharply on the ball...Lacks ideal leaping ability and is not a factor competing for jump balls, as he does a marginal job of getting to the ball at its high point...Will double catch or let the ball absorb into his body rather than extend his hands to secure the ball away from the body's frame...Still learning the game and struggles some in attempts to take the plays from the board to the field (needs several reps to digest plays and might not be ready to comprehend the mental aspect of the game yet).

Onyenegecha is a well-built athlete with long arms, tapered frame, good bubble and superb timed speed. He is still a work in progress, as he has had minimal experience on the football field, but shows great upside due to his athletic ability. While he is very raw and continues to learn the nuances of the game and develop technique, the passion and desire he brings to the football field is clear.

Onyenegecha has only adequate read-and-diagnose skills and is best when allowed to operate in man coverage. He has the timed speed, explosion and closing burst to mirror the receiver through the route. He shows smoothness coming out of his backpedal, staying low in his pads to turn and make plays on the ball.

While he lacks zone anticipation skills, Onyenegecha has the plant-and-drive agility and change of direction skills to get good depth in his pass drops. He will sometimes get up on his heels, but knows how to open his hips, recover and close on the ball. His range allows him to make plays along the perimeter and his foot speed is evident by how quick he is to recover when a receiver gets by him.

Onyenegecha still needs to develop better leaping skills. He does not time his jumps well and has been a non-factor going for the ball at its high point. He does not look comfortable in attempts to catch the ball, as he does not fully extend to secure it away from the body's frame.

Right now, Onyenegecha is a more effective tackler in run support than a pass defender. He hits with a thud and has the strength to power through blocks in order to make tackles inside the box. He stays at a proper pad level and drives hard with his legs to rock ballcarriers back when charging up to fill the rush alleys.

The 2005 season was supposed to be Onyenegecha's coming out party, but he lost his starting job after three games and shifted from wide to boundary cornerback. He rebounded to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors. Based on athletic skills, speed and strength, he is still highly thought of as a solid draft prospect. However, a team will need to be patient as his instincts and production catch up with his athletic talent.



Career Notes

Was with the Sooners for only 24 games. ... Earned second-team All-Big 12 honors in 2005. ... Finished career with one interception.



2005 Season

Opened the season as the starter at "wide" cornerback, but during the team's bye week after the UCLA clash, Onyenegecha was moved to boundary cornerback...He played in a reserve role for two games before being re-inserted into the lineup at his new position vs. Kansas... Onyenegecha was a second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2005. He finished with 31 tackles (18) solo, broke up seven passes and returned his one interception 63 yards for a touchdown. He added three tackles for loss....Career-high seven tackles vs. Texas A&M.



2004 Season

Played in every game, starting at weak-side cornerback for an injured Antonio Perkins vs. Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M...Recorded 27 tackles (19 solos) with an 8-yard sack...Caused a fumble and deflected six passes...Made six of his tackles in run support...Had six third-down stops and one more on a fourth-down play...Added a solo tackle on special teams...Was penalized three times.



2003 Season

Sat out the season at the City College of San Francisco in order to meet academic requirements needed to enroll at Oklahoma...Originally signed a letter of intent to enroll at Arizona State University that year, but was able to be released from that commitment.



2002 Season

Regarded as the finest junior college cornerback in the nation at City College of San Francisco in 2002..Rated the second-best JUCO player by Rivals.com and the eight-best JUCO player by Super Prep...First-team JC Gridwire All-American selection...Led the team to won the national junior college championship during his freshman season...Coached at City College by George Rush.



Injury Report

2004: Bothered in spring drills with a hamstring strain.



Agility Tests

Campus: 4.33 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided)...4.44 in the 40-yard dash...385-pound bench press...395-pound squat...315-pound power clean...31-inch vertical jump...10'3" broad jump.

Combine: 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash. ... 16 reps at 225 pounds. ... 34 1/2-inch vertical jump. ... 9'10" broad jump. ... Did not participate in the three-cone drill or shuttle run.

Pro Day: 36 1/2-inch vertical jump. ... 10'2" broad jump. ... 4.46 seconds in 40-yard dash. ... 4.34 seconds in short shuttle. ... 7.23 seconds in three-cone drill. ... Did not participate in 225-pound bench press.



High School

Attended El Cerrito (Richmond, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Frank Milo...Started as a running back and defensive back for two seasons...Second-team All-State pick as a defensive back his senior year...Named to the All-West first-team by The Contra Costa Times and was a member of The Contra Costa Times "Cream of the Crop" and The San Francisco Chronicle's Top 25 lists...Added All-Conference accolades at defensive back and running back in his final season, earning All-East Bay honors as a utility player...Team Defensive MVP in his final campaign...Totaled better than 800 rushing yards and 300 receiving yards in his senior season, averaging nearly 7.8 yards per carry... Also averaged close to 35 yards per return as a kickoff and punt return specialist.



Personal

African-American Studies major...Son of the late Lucy Onyenegecha...Brother, Etoagwara, plays basketball at Cal State-Northridge and saw action against OU in Norman during the 2004-2005 season...Born 3/15/83 in San Francisco, California...Resides in Richmond, California.



Draft Scout Player News
11/02/05 - CB Chijioke Onyenegecha's 63-yard interception return with 1 minute remaining in the first half spread the Sooners' advantage to 21-3 and planted a few more seeds of doubt in the head of Nebraska QB Zac Taylor, who was slow to release the ball at times. Onyenegecha wasn't perfect. He dropped another sure interception at the NU 35 in the first quarter.

08/25/04 - OKLAHOMA Junior cornerback CHIJOKE ONYENEGECHA (#22), currently weighs in at 6012, 206 lbs...has blazing speed and has been timed as low as 4.33...former JC All American...terriffic athlete that played at City College of San Francisco in 2002...but sat out the 2003 season...tremendous athlete that can play corner as well as safety...currently in a backup position in preseason drills for the Sooners.
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he'll pretty much max out as a nickel guy (could be an upgrade to jimoh). tall, big, good against the run, but stiff (bad agility/change of direction) and slightly below average speed.

this is the 2nd best signing thus far (behind spencer havner). I would have liked dee webb or mcphearson (or anwar phillips) more, but at least we got a top UDFA prospect, and he fits the GW mold for a corner (tall, kills the run).
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Seems to be a Gibbs 'story' guy. If he can perform at camps and preseason he'll make the team.
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Old 05-02-2006, 11:57 AM   #4
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This guy is definately the one UFA I hope makes the squad- what a great underdog story.
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dont forget, he has a good bubble...
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dont forget, he has a good bubble...
good work.....ha ha ha
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I love anyone with a name that fucking cool! Now lets have a contest -- who can pronounce it?
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How do we account for the 3 very different 40 times?
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How do we account for the 3 very different 40 times?
They are not that far apart.could be just a bad start or like it says down below the one was wind aided.
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I love anyone with a name that fucking cool! Now lets have a contest -- who can pronounce it?
Wish we still had Ifeanyi Ohalete to pair up with him
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I love anyone with a name that fucking cool! Now lets have a contest -- who can pronounce it?
Let's see ...

Chee-HOKE-ay -- Ahna-eenah-gecha ??
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They are not that far apart.could be just a bad start or like it says down below the one was wind aided.
sure, they are tenths of a second, but I'm pretty sure that combine time is why he did not get drafted.
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How do we account for the 3 very different 40 times?
one was with the wind, so that has to be discounted. the difference between the campus workout (which could ahve been last year) and the combine might be that his weight shot up or one of the performances was either really good, or really bad.

very few starting corners run 4.5+, but a lot of nickel corners do fine that are in the 4.5-4.6 area.

the campus and pro day have him as a 4.45ish guy, i'd consider that fairly accurate.
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