With Malcolm Brown gone through cuts, and with Sheldon Rankins likely to hit the free agent market, interior defensive line is one of the Saints’ more underrated needs heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. After opting out, Levi Onwuzurike’s outlook is somewhat uncertain, but his tape shows a borderline first-round prospect, and his Senior Bowl play reinforced that notion.
Onwuzurike isn’t as big as other defensive line prospects, standing at around 6-foot-3, 288 pounds. But what he lacks in bulk and breadth, Onwuzurike makes up for it with his exciting combination of explosiveness and length. Because he’s shorter, he has natural leverage, but his length is also top-tier. That combination affords him awesome upside at the NFL level.