Erik Ezukanma | Texas Tech 6’2” 209 lbs. | 01/25/2000 (Age 22)
Erik Ezukanma was drafted 125th overall by the Miami Dolphins, becoming the 18th wide receiver and 125th overall player in the 2022 NFL Draft.
After redshirting the 2018 season, Ezukanma led the Red Raiders in receiving three years in a row. He accumulated 136 receptions for 2,117 yards and 14 touchdowns in those three seasons in 32 games played. He became the first Texas Tech receiver to earn first-team All-Big 12 since Michael Crabtree (2008). He also lands 15th on the all-time receiving yards record in school history.
Great size and length and have the ideal traits for a possession receiver. He uses his large frame to shield off defenders. Gets physical with the press-coverage defenders. Able to high-point the football and come away with 50/50 balls. Solid acceleration off the line of scrimmage, excelling in quick slants. A productive three-year starter, as he led his team in receiving in each of the last three seasons.
Limited route tree and doesn’t come out of his breaks quickly. Isn’t a change of speed receiver. He needs to sell his routes more efficiently. Lack of focus on easy reception opportunities is a major concern. Saw a major dip in production at the end of his 2021 season.
At the NFL combine, Ezukanma measured in at 6’2” and 209 lbs. Which equates to a BMI of 26.8. He opted out of running the 40-yard dash at the combine but ran a 4.55 (30th percentile) at his Texas Tech Pro Day. His height and weight equate to a 93.3-speed score (49th percentile). Ezukanma also produced a 125.1 burst score (72nd percentile), an 11.58 agility score (15th percentile), a 10.04 catch radius (56th percentile), and a 28.1 percent college dominator (46th percentile).
Ezukanma has elite length, as his arms measured out to a massive 33 ½” wingspan. Only one receiver (Devon Williams) measured in a longer wingspan out of the 40 at the combine. He also displays elite contact balance. His strength is a major red flag, as he only recorded 10 reps on the bench press.
Rapid Reaction to Draft Capital: Fair
Rapid Reaction to Landing Spot: Poor
Ezukanma was selected with the 125th-overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
Tua Tagovailoa receives another weapon this offseason to add to his arsenal. Ezukanma joins Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Cedrick Wilson, and Preston Williams in a loaded wide receiver room.
Expect Ezukanma to serve as a special teams player early on in his Dolphins tenure. There are many weapons ahead of him on the depth chart, and he should be considered a WR4/5 for his new team. There isn’t much reason to draft him in any league unless you play in very deep leagues. Don’t expect much fantasy production from the former Red Raider this year.
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