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2018 Steelers Training Camp Player Preview – Olasunkanmi Adeniyi

July 9, 2018
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2018 Steelers Training Camp Player Preview – Olasunkanmi Adeniyi

At 6’1 248 lbs, Toledo standout defensive player Olasunkanmi Adeniyi may not have the typical body for a player at the ‘leo’ defense end/outside linebacker; perhaps this may explain why he was overlooked during the NFL draft. After gaining second-team All-MAC honors, while leading his Rockets defense with 8.5 sacks with 20 tackles for loss, Adeniyi proved in a variety of ways this size was not a deficit; rather it was an advantage when playing taller offensive linemen. One may make reference to Steelers legend James Harrison, and make the comparison based on his size. Though Adeniyi has long ways to go before he can reach that level of defensive proficiency, he does possess strong work ethic, natural strength and underrated quickness.

Chances of Making The Roster

Adeniyi comes into Steelers training camp as one of the biggest sleepers. When watching Adenyi on tape, he effectively uses his hand and keeps a low center of gravity when going up against an offensive tackle. When looking at the Steelers depth at the outside linebacker positon, standing in the way of gaining a spot on the rotation are second-year players Keion Adams and Farrington Huguenin.

Adeniyi’s first step to a roster spot is by making an impact on special teams. As fullback and former defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix proved in training camp a few years ago, special teams play is the best way of getting of the attention head coach Mike Tomlin. During one-on-one drills, Adeniyi must establish himself by winning as many battles as possible; his size should aid him as he is able to get lower than all the offensive linemen against him. The last step is making splash plays during preseason games, as a sack or a forced fumble can result in increased playing time. Adeniyi is a good fit for the practice squad, but the considering the current lack of depth at that position, one should not discount the idea of Adeniyi’s time coming sooner than later.

Kelly Anozie

Born and raised Ottawa, Ontario Canada, Kelly is a Steelers contributor to The Point of Pittsburgh. Formerly a contributor for SBNation's 'Behind the Steel Curtain'. Kelly can be reached via the Twitter handle @kanozie80

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