Chicago Bears: Interview with rising NFL Draft prospect Oli Udoh

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Draft Profile

Monster. That’s the first word that comes to mind when you look at the size of Oli Udoh. He currently towers at 6-foot-5 and weighs 327 pounds. However, there was a time when he was much heavier, checking in at 384 pounds at his heaviest. But Udoh has slimmed down quite a bit over the last year.

Even though he has shed a considerable amount of weight, he hasn’t lost an ounce of his strength or power.

Udoh still has the chops to maul defensive linemen or take them for a walk, as he did on many occasions during both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.

In fact, he was so impressive at the Shrine Game, it earned him a spot at the Senior Bowl. And he certainly did not disappoint with his invite. He displayed the toughness you’d expect from someone his size, but also a ton of quickness, and agility not often seen with larger offensive linemen. He also demonstrated a bit of versatility, taking some snaps at right guard in addition to his primary position of right tackle.

That type of versatility would serve the Bears well, as they try to maximize the value of their four picks. Oli is also someone who could prove to be a diamond in the rough. He has all the physical tools and skills (they just need to be refined) and there is no one better at that task than Bears’ offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. Pairing him with Oli could produce a star in a short period of time.