5 prospects for Cincinnati Bengals to watch at 2022 Shrine Bowl
Obinna Eze, Tackle, TCU
- Height – 6’8″
- Weight – 334
If size is what you are looking for, then TCU’s Obinna Eze will stand out during Shrine Game preparations. The 6’8″ Nigerian left tackle has the ideal length NFL teams covet at the position. Having arrived in the US pursuing a dream to play basketball, Eze developed into an accomplished blindside blocker for the Horned Frogs.
Even though he only played football for one year during high school, he became a full-time starting left tackle in 2019. He transferred to TCU for a lone season in 2021, and it was highly impressive. He allowed only 16 pressures and four sacks, three of which came in one game against Kansas State.
Eze moves well given his mammoth frame and has quick feet to adjust to oncoming rushers. He can reach into blocks at times, leaving him off balance and vulnerable to more heavy-handed pass rushers. Eze looks best pass blocking on an island. At times, he seems lost in the run game, searching for a block.
The Shrine Game will be ideal for a prospect like Eze, and it will give teams a chance to see how quickly he can refine his game under the coaching and dominate against consistently strong opposition.
The Bengals need urgent answers on the offensive line, so Eze would need to prove he can handle the step up rather than coming away with the label of mid-round developmental prospect.