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Iowa Football: Michael Ojemudia Impressing at Senior Bowl

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The former Hawkeye is looking to improve his draft stock with and impressive showing at the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

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The former Hawkeyes is looking to earn some money in the upcoming NFL draft.
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The spring semester is in session at the University of Iowa and that means the resumption of workouts for the Iowa Hawkeyes. But while the team has turned its focus to the 2020 season, there are former Hawkeyes working to have a future playing football in 2020.

One such player is cornerback Michael Ojemudia. Lost amidst all the talk about high draft picks and early entries from Tristan Wirfs, A.J. Epenesa, Amani Hooker and to a lesser extent Toren Young, Ojemudia and quarterback Nate Stanley are gone due to graduation. Both are likely to be drafted.

Ojemudia is working to improve his draft stock by participating in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The game is at 1:30pm CT this Saturday on the NFL Network. In the lead up to the game, there are Senior Bowl practices all week long.

It sounds as if the former 2-star linebacker prospect from Michigan is doing well in those practices. Midway through the week, he’s graded out as the best cornerback on either team.

That’s and impressive feat for a guy who was unheralded out of high school and played a different position at the prep level. Perhaps as important as the on field performance for some analysts is how Ojemudia measured up in a literal sense early on. As absurd as that sounds, we’ve seen Iowa stats like Desmond King, Josh Jackson and Amani Hooker perform with the best in the country on the field, only to be drafted later based on measurables.

Ojemudia passed that test when he came in north of 6’ tall with a wingspan over 6’5”.

That will be good enough to classify him as a true outside corner come draft day. While he’s yet to show any top end speed in the 40 or the shuttle, his film should show the versatility to give teams options if they do take OJ.

That’s one reason at least a few draft analysts have taken notice of the former Hawkeye, noting his potential upside.

Ojemudia has been getting plenty of practice off the field with the media. A number of analysts have noted his comments on playing press coverage and remarked as his football IQ. In particular, scouts have seemed to like his ability to read routes while seeing through to the QB.

He talks all that and more here.

The Senior Bowl is comprised of college players who graduated this year. That includes athletes who were not traditional seniors. One such example is former Iowa RB commit Eno Banjamin. Benjamin departed Arizona State after just his true junior year, but completed his degree in 2.5 years and is this eligible.

Ojemudia will be competing for the North Team, which is primarily made up of former players from the Big Ten, ACC, PAC-12 and Notre Dame. They’ll face off against player from the South Team, which is primarily players from the SEC, Big 12 and ACC.

Ojemudia is the only former Hawkeye participating in the Senior Bowl this year.

What: Reese’s Senior Bowl

Location: Mobile, AL

Time: 1:30pm CT

TV: NFL Network

North Roster

South Roster