STRENGTHS - Naturally athletic for a 300 pounder, Omameh has the foot quickness to get through the LOS to deliver a good initial blow to linebacker on the second level. When he keeps his knees bent, stays over feet and under control he can stay on and maintain blocks out in space. Quick out of stance, he can get in good position before pass rusher can get their hands on him. He has the ability to slide well side to side to mirror in pass protection. Athletic enough to pull and get out in front, Omameh can be good lead blocking on outside runs. Able to snap hips and drive off the ball, he is able to jolt defensive lineman with good initial blow on in-line run block and when he keeps his feet under him he can maintain block and eliminates man from the play.
WEAKNESSES - Omameh is a much better athlete than football player despite starting for more than three seasons at Michigan. Way too often he stops his feet after making initial contact on run blocks, both in-line and out in space, and ends up leaning and reaching to maintain contact. This leads to him over-extending and falling off block too often. For a player with his athleticism he ends up on the ground way too often. Even though he sets up quickly in pass pro, he does not use his hands to aggressively punch pass rusher and can be jolted and driven backwards by explosive off the ball power rushers. While he flashes the ability to slide well side to side to mirror, too often he pass blocks flat-footed and cannot change directions quickly, which allows pass rushers to beat him with quick change of direction pass rush moves too easily. Even when he does everything right on in-line run blocks and delivers a good initial blow, he does not have the playing strength to get movement.
SUMMARY - When I first began evaluating Omameh I thought I was watching an athletic former defensive linemen who had been switched to offensive line for his senior season because he looked so raw. If that were the case then his bad technique and production could be justified, but the fact that he has started for three seasons makes me wonder if he will be able to improve his technique enough to play up to his level of athleticism. Based solely on Omameh's athleticism I would expect him to be drafted, but his production on film was that of a free agent, which is why I expect him to go un-drafted. He will get a chance as a free agent because of his athletic tools and is best suited to spend a season on a practice squad to see if his technique can improve enough for him to contribute as an NFL offensive linemen. .