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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report: Carl Igweh, DE, Frostburg State

Carl Igweh the underrated pass rusher from Frostburg State is a player to keep an eye on in the 2022 NFL Draft. Brandon Davis breaks down his film.
Carl Igweh the underrated pass rusher from Frostburg State is a player to keep an eye on in the 2022 NFL Draft. Brandon Davis breaks down his film.
  • Name: Carl Igweh
  • Height: 6050
  • Weight: 264 lbs.
  • Position: DE
  • Draft Class: 2022
  • College: Frostburg State (2018 – 2021), Cheney University (2017)
  • Hometown: Taneytown, MD
  • High School: Winters Mill HS
  • Games Watched: 2021 vs. West Liberty, 2021 vs. West Virginia Wesleyan, 2021 vs. Wheeling

Background: A three-year starter at Frostburg State under HC DeLane Fitzgerald from 2018 – 2021 after transferring from the Division II program at Cheney University. He played at Cheney University in 2017 where he was recruited as a tight end. Was a participant in the 2022 College Gridiron Showcase.

Positives: Prototypical Size, Versatility, First Step, Discipline, Hand Strength, Upper Body Strength, Quickness off the LOS, Tackling

Negatives: Level of Competition, Lack of Pass Rush Moves, Hesitation, Hip Flexibility, COD Skills, No Effectiveness vs Off-Tackle Runs, Effort in Pursuit Against the Run

Projection: A weak side DE in a 4-3 defense, or an emergency pass rush DT in a Nickel package in pass rush situations.

Grade: Undrafted Free Agent that could be considered as a potential rookie mini-camp invitee.

Summary: Igweh has prototypical height & good weight for a defensive end with adequate arm length & a thick lower frame. Displayed versatility along the defensive line where he lined up as a weak side DE & strong side DE in a 4-technique & 5-technique, and over the offensive guard in 2-technique & 3-technique in Nickel packages. Has a good first step off the LOS, and plays with great eyes & discipline. Shows good hand strength & placement at the POA, demonstrates great upper body strength while bull rushing. Relies on quickness when penetrating through the A-gap & B-gap as a 2-technique & 3-technique. Has great tackling ability. Does not have a variety of pass rush moves, tends to rely on a bull rush or a rip move to disengage. Hesitates when crashing into the backfield to stop the HB Dive or Read Option. Was a liability against off-tackle runs to his side. Is inconsistent when setting the edge on HB Tosses & HB Sweeps to his side. Has very little hip flexibility & does not demonstrate good COD skills while in pursuit. Shows little to no effort in pursuit when run plays go away from him.  Igweh is best fit as a weak side DE in a base 4-3 defensive scheme, or as an emergency DT in a Nickel package in pass rushing situations.

  • Play Speed: C+ (5)
  • Awareness: C (5)
  • Play Strength: C (5)
  • Shooting Gaps: B- (7)
  • Pursuit: D+ (4)
  • Shedding Blocks: C (5)
  • Tackling: B- (7)
  • Hip Flexibility: D (4)

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