The New England Patriots have selected former Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Michael Onwenu in the sixth round with the No. 182 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Onwenu is the sixth Wolverine to come off the board this weekend with Cesar Ruiz (1st round, New Orleans), Josh Uche (2nd round, New England), Ben Bredeson (4th round, Baltimore), Khaleke Hudson (5th round, Washington) and Mike Danna (5th round, Kansas City Chiefs) preceding him.
Onwenu was a four-star prospect and the No. 87 player in the nation in the class of 2016, per the 247Sports composite. He appeared in 46 games in his Michigan career, playing on the line at guard in 40 games with 35 starts in his career. Onwenu leaves Michigan as a two-time All-Big Ten honoree
Overview (full scouting report here):
Onwenu will definitely be drafted and there are likely a good amount of teams that have him on their board as early as the fifth round. Onwenu had an in person visit with the Patriots last month and spoke with the 49ers last week. In short, good teams are interested in Onwenu. Best served to be part of a power blocking scheme, Onwenu’s strength is undeniable and he should find a home in the NFL for the long haul if he slims down slightly and adds more agility to his brute force. Although Onwenu was a productive run blocker and pass protector, the risk is that skilled and fast pass-rushers feasting will have their way with him. However, a late-round flier is warranted for someone who has a ton of upside and immediate plug-in and play potential.
The 2020 NFL Draft takes place all weekend with the first round on Thursday (8 p.m. ET), second and third rounds on Friday (7 p.m. ET) and fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday (12 p.m. ET).