Offensive linemen, and offensive tackles in particular, will be frequent features as we make our way through the 2020 NFL Draft class. Obviously, the New York Giants need several upgrades along their offensive line. And not only are some of the top prospects offensive linemen, but there is a very strong second tier of linemen who have some issues as prospects but also considerable upside with the right coaching.
Auburn offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho is one of those prospects. A former basketball player who’s athleticism is apparent, he could be an option for the Giants if they don’t select one of the top tackle prospects at the top of the draft.
Prospect: Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
Games Watched: vs. Oregon (‘19), at LSU (‘19), vs. Georgia (‘19), vs. Virginia (‘19)
Red Flags: medical flag for knee swelling at Senior Bowl
Games Played: 32
Best: Athleticism, Pass protection, run blocking, competitive toughness
Worst: Power, consistency
Projection: A starting offensive tackle, preferably in a zone blocking scheme
Prince Tega Wanogho is a former basketball player with an athletic frame, good movement skills, and solid length. He has a powerful upper body with a the ability to jolt defenders with his punch and obvious grip strength once engaged.
Wanogho shows good reactions and is seldom slow or tardy off the snap. He is smooth and controlled in his footwork, with his jump set getting good depth in particular. After the snap, Wanogho shows good short-area agility to mirror speed rushers and he has solid awareness to play stunts, twists, and blitzes. Wanogho’s hands quickly come up to a ready position after the snap and he doesn’t hesitate to throw his punch to upset a defender’s rush.
Wanogho also shows very good competitive toughness and a mauler’s mentality in run blocking. He is capable of creating movement at the point of attack, even when faced with larger linemen. He works to the second level well and his basketball background shows up when asked to pull or block in space on screen plays. Wanogho consistently looks to finish plays with his defender on the ground. Auburn moved Wanogho around the offensive formation based on the play call. He frequently lined up as a jumbo tight end on the right side in certain running looks and handled the changing angles and responsibilities with ease.
Wanogho has a thinner lower half and can stand to add some mass to better improve his ability to absorb power rushes as well as play with better functional strength. His technique is still unpolished and needs continued development at the next level. He is also somewhat high-cut and can be moved around if he lets his base narrow or pad level rise. Wanogho can also improve his ability to deliver blocks accurate on the move or in space, as well as cut blocks.
Overall Grade: 6.4 - Has multiple above-average traits and should develop into a reliable starter early in his career. A late Day 1 or early Day 2 value. [Grading Scale]
Prince Tega Wanogho should quickly become a starter at either left or right tackle in the NFL. He has experience on both ends of the offensive line and should be able to start at either with consistent practice reps. Wanogho is very new to football, having never played the game before coming to America. He came to America at the age of 16 to pursue a basketball scholarship and began playing football at the age of 17. He should continue to improve both his functional strength and technique with NFL coaching and as he fills out his frame.