Redskins UDFA Spotlight: Can Chidi Okeke help to replace Ty Nsekhe?
About Chidi Okeke
Coming out of high school, Okeke, a native of Nigeria, was a well-regarded offensive tackle and was ranked 87th overall in the ESPN 300. He had offers from a number of SEC teams including Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida, and Florida State and some other high-profile schools like Clemson.
It’s easy to see why teams liked Okeke on paper, as he had a massive 6-5 frame, was fairly well-built, and possessed solid athletic ability. He was a work in progress, but his upside was certainly immense.
Okeke ended up going to LSU and redshirted in 2015. After playing sparingly at LSU as a sophomore, Okeke ended up transferring to Tennessee State to get more playing time. He became the starting left tackle for the team in 2017 and was able to show some improvement thanks to actually getting on-field reps.
In 2018, Okeke played very well in the Ohio Valley Conference, and he was named to the All-OVC first-team for his efforts. He helped lead the Tennessee State offense to a third-place finish in both passing and total yards in the OVC. Okeke declared for the NFL Draft after his senior season and he was expected to be a priority free agent who could potentially sneak into the very end of the draft.
While Okeke didn’t get drafted, he still has a chance to make a roster or practice squad. On the surface, landing with the Washington Redskins seems like a good spot for him, and it will be interesting to see if the team can maximize his skill set.