Drafted: ROUND: 4 - Pick Number: 110 (IND)
Draft Profile: BioAdetomiwa Adebawore (pronounced add-E-TOMMY-wah add-E-BAR-eh) from North Kansas City High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Adebawore joined Northwestern over offers from Air Force, Army, Navy, and Washington State.
In 2019 as a freshman Adebawore saw action in 7 games and played a total of 193 snaps for the Wildcats. He recorded just 6 tackles, one assist, while adding 7 stops. As a pass rusher, he added 15 total pressures, which included 14 QB hurries, no QB hits, and one sack on the season.
As a sophomore for the Wildcats in 2020 Adebawore played in 9 games and took part in 465 snaps for the Wildcats. He recorded 14 tackles, 3 assists, while adding 13 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 17 total pressures, and 10 QB hurries, 5 QB hits, and 2 sacks during the year.
In 2021 as a junior Adebawore played in 12 games and contributed on 589 snaps. He recorded 27 tackles, 6 assists while making 23 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 30 total pressures, which included 21 QB hurries, 4 QB hits, and an improved 5 sacks on the year.
In 2022 as a senior Adebawore logged playing time in 12 games and logged a total of 712 snaps for the Wildcats. He also added 28 tackles, 9 assists, and 27 stops. As a pass rusher, he tallied 31 total pressures, which included 22 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and 6 sacks on the season.
Honors & awards
- 2022 Third Team All-Big Ten (Media)
- 2022 Registered 31 pressures and 27 run stops (third-most among B1G edge rushers), per Pro Football Focus
- 2021 All-Big Ten honorable mention
- 2022 Led Wildcats with 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss
- High School -Earned Kansas Class 5 First-Team All-State honors as a senior
- High School -Named All-Suburban White League Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-District, First-Team All-Conference and Academic All-State
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Adebawore has an explosive first step and converts that short-area speed into power, a capable bull rusher.
- Made Bruce Feldman's Freak's List - ranked #30. He wrote, "The 6-2, 280-pounder this offseason did 30 reps on the bench at 225. He maxed 410 on the bench and 685 in the squat and 375 power clean. His times also are elite: a 4.05 pro shuttle; a 6.9 3-cone to go with a 10-5 broad jump and a 37.5 vertical jump."
- Despite having the speed you expect of an edge player, he generates most of his pressure while working inside - where he is too quick for offensive guards
- Has shown he can be an elite interior rusher who has the requisite violence needed for the position
- Agile run-stopper at the end, extends to grab backs from the backside, and possesses foot quickness and hustle to chase plays downfield. or to the sideline.
- Looks the part. Possesses a long, athletic build with room for additional muscle mass. Flashes a burst off the snap, good enough to cross the face of collegiate tackles and put him in position to make big plays behind the line of scrimmage.
- One of the true straight-up edge burners in this draft class, Adebawore has the kind of skill set NFL teams covet in an edge rusher.
- Fast in a straight line. Excellent wide and bull rushes when he's first off the snap.
- He’s effective in pursuit when chasing down backs as a run defender
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Adebawore lacks the feet and flexibility to threaten around the edge - has to rely on speed and athleticism as his pass rush moves are undeveloped
- He lacks ideal length for an edge rusher, and he’d be on the small side for the interior with little room on his frame to add weight
- Adebawore is on the short side and too often relies on his ability to overpower blockers rather than developing a repertoire of pass-rush moves.
- Is raw as a tackler doesn't effectively wrap up
- His hand strength is only average, which limits him from breaking anchors
- Doesn't play with loose hips which limits his lateral bend and movement skills
Scouting Report: SummaryAdebawore is an incredible athlete who put up record-setting numbers at the combine, we've never seen a player who runs a 4.4 while weighing in at 280lbs - it's a site to behold. He isn't just a workout warrior though and has a nice if a little unrefined skill set to go along with with his obvious athletic skills. He's a high-effort player who never gives up on a play, is a fantastic interior bull rusher, and offers the versatility to play anywhere along the defensive line.
He, however, is still pretty raw and doesn't really offer any edge rush moves besides a bull rush and may be viewed as a tweener, being too short for the outside and too light for an every-down interior player. Overall, thanks to an out-of-this-world combine show he'll be selected pretty high come draft day, there's a good chance Adebawore will hear his name called on day one in the 2023 NFL draft.
Adetomiwa Adebawore percentiles vs other Defensive Linemen (NFL Combine historically - higher value represents better perfomance)
Update - 03/10/2023Per next-gen stats: Northwestern EDGE Adetomiwa Adebawore put up an elite combine performance for his weight (282 lbs), earning a 97 athleticism score pending shuttle drills.
Combine Ranks since 2003 (275+ lbs): 4.49 40-yard dash (1st), 10' 5" broad jump (T-2nd), 37.5" vertical (3rd).
This wasn't unexpected, however - he was already a Feldman Freak, but what it did do was solidify his stock as a second-round selection.
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