Joey Mbu NFL Draft profile


Yesterday we featured UH standout wide receiver Deontay Greenberry for tomorrows’ draft. Today we’re featuring excellent UH defensive tackle Joey Mbu.

17. Joey Mbu, Houston 6-3, 313

– Don’t expect any sort of athleticism or anything in terms of getting into the backfield on a regular basis, but that’s not why you draft him. He’s very big, very strong, and very tough at holding up against the run. He’s what you want in a leader and a defensive tackle – he’ll be the one everyone works around on the field and off.

– Again, forget about getting behind the line. He’s a nose tackle, but he needs to get stronger overall and generate more power. He’s not an NFL anchor, but he needs to be used like one at times.

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STRENGTHS: Boasts the prototypical frame for a run-stuffer with broad shoulders, long arms and a massive lower half, including a big butt and tree trunks for thighs. Good upper-body strength to lock out and anchors well, holding up nicely at the point of attack.
Shows good balance and lateral agility to slide down the line and force the action wide. Effective swim move to penetrate as a pass rusher and has enough short-area quickness to close.

Good awareness. Gets his hands up in the passing game (eight career passes broken up, including two interceptions) and recognizes screens quickly, peeling off to locate the potential receiver rather than rushing the quarterback. Voted a team captain as a junior and senior.

WEAKNESSES: Heavy-footed. Struggles to make plays outside of the tackle box and isn’t much of a threat as a rusher (four career sacks). Often among the last off the ball and does not possess the quickness or speed to offer much in pursuit (though he does show good effort in this area).

Pad level rises as he tires and Houston frequently subbed him out, raising concerns about his conditioning. Weight needs to be monitored as he has weighed as much as 350 pounds in the past.

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