Levi Onwuzurike will play for the Detroit Lions after the NFC squad plucked him off the draft board in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft with the 41st pick. Onwuzurike is the second Husky selected following Joe Tryon who was in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Expect Onwuzurike to get a long look at getting on the field and getting meaningful playing time. The Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia after another fourth-place divisional finish. The Lions were 5-11 in 2020, 3-12-1 in 2019, and 6-10 in 2018. The Lions hired David Campbell to resurrect the morbid franchise. Campbell was assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints since 2016.
“I think for me, it’s the speed and getting off the line of scrimmage,” Onwuzurike told Detroitlions.com at the Senior Bowl of what he wanted to show that week. “Pushing that o-lineman five yards off the ball and being a disruption, but at the same time, taking in what the coaches teach us and try to learn the techniques of the NFL.”
WHAT THE SCOUTS ARE SAYING ABOUT ONWUZURIKE
A big, athletic interior defender with outstanding first-step quickness and hand skills. Onwuzurike is a disruptor between the tackles with his combination of size, length, and explosiveness creating problems for blockers at the point of attack. He has all-star potential as a pass-rushing defensive tackle.
POSITION Defensive Lineman
HEIGHT 6‐3 WEIGHT 293 CLASS Junior
HOMETOWN Allen, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL Allen
AT WASHINGTON 2020
Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List
2020 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List
2020 Chuck Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List
2020 Lott IMPACT Trophy Preseason Watch List 2020 Preseason All‐America First Team (Athlon Sports)
2020 Preseason All‐America Second Team (Walter Camp, Phil Steele, Pick Six Previews)
2019 All‐Pac‐12 First Team
2019 Honorable Mention All‐America (Phil Steele)
2019 Preseason All‐Pac‐12 Honorable Mention
2018 CoSIDA Academic All‐America All‐District 8
2018 Academic All‐Pac‐12 First Team
2017 Academic All‐Pac‐12 Second Team
Announced on Sept. 17, 2020, that he would forgo his remaining season of college eligibility and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
2020: Named to the preseason All‐America first team by Athlon Sports and to the second team by Walter Camp, Phil Steele and Pick Six Previews … also named to the preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy, Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy.
2019: Played in all 13 games, starting 12 (all but the WSU game, when UW opened with six defensive backs) … earned All‐Pac‐12 first‐team honors … also named to Pro Football Focus and Associated Press All‐Pac‐12 second team … made Phil Steele All‐America honorable mention and All‐Pac‐12 first team … earned honorable mention on the preseason All‐Pac‐12 team
Bowl … winner of the L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year Award at the team’s postseason awards banquet. 2018: Played in all 14 games, making four starts … three tackles against Auburn in the season opener … made one tackle in the win over North Dakota … two stops in the win at Utah and also against Arizona State … two tackles, one of them for a loss, in a start vs. BYU … made a career‐high five tackles in the win at UCLA, earning the Husky coaches’ lineman of the week