NFL in the immediate future of Olasunkanmi Adeniyi?

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Olasunkanmi Adeniyi has been terrorizing quarterbacks in the Mid-American Conference the past two seasons. Starting next year, he may bring that same torment to the NFL.

Sources have told Draft Analyst that the Toledo junior is leaning heavily towards entering the draft and will meet with potential agents in the coming weeks.

The junior, who was a Week 14 riser, finished the 2017 season with 63 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also registered nine quarterback hurries and forced a fumble. Included in these numbers was his standout performance during the Rockets' victory over Akron this weekend, which secured the MAC title. Adeniyi totaled three tackles for loss, two sacks and forced a fumble in that game.

An every-down force off the edge, the junior has shown consistent improvement in his game since stepping into the starting lineup as a sophomore. He’s an explosive athlete who quickly makes his way into the backfield with a quick closing burst in both a straight line as well as laterally. 

Adeniyi’s intensity and ability to disrupt the action on a consistent basis will be very attractive to NFL decision makers.

Size, specifically height, is the issue for Adeniyi. While I’m told he’ll tip the scales at a solid 255 pounds, he may struggle to hit 6-foot-1 on the tape measure. That may limit him to just a few schemes at the next level.

We presently grade Adeniyi as a late-second/early-third round prospect off the game film. Can he really improve his draft stock by returning to Toledo in 2018? Possibly -- especially if he finds a way to grow three inches.