Ikem Ekwonu NFL Draft Predictions, Stats & Profile (Updated)
Updated (Thursday, April 28, 8:52 p.m. ET): Ikem Ekwonu went No. 6 to the Carolina Panthers. He fills an immediate need on a weaker offensive line, though he certainly doesn't solve the Panthers' QB issues. Still, this front office deserves kudos for not reaching for a QB in a weaker class. For our full pick-by-pick analysis, click here.
Ikem "Ickey" Ekwonu is widely considered one of the top two offensive lineman, alongside Evan Neal, in the 2022 NFL Draft. With versatility to play both tackle and guard, Ekwonu should be able to step in and make an impact on whichever team drafts him.
If you're looking to familiarize yourself with the physical offensive lineman from NC State, here's everything you need to know about the 21-year-old.
Ikem Ekwonu Mock Draft 2022
ESPN's predictions are from Mel Kiper and Todd McShay's latest mock draft. CBS Sports' predictions are from Ryan Wilson's latest mock draft. Sporting News' projections are from Vinnie Iyer's latest mock draft.
ESPN: New York Giants (No. 5)
CBS Sports: Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 1)
Sporting News: New York Giants (No. 5)
Ikem Ekwonu Draft Stock & Draft Projection
- Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 1) - 1
- New York Giants (No. 5) - 2
Ekwonu is a consensus top-5 pick with an outside chance (+1600) to go No. 1 to the Jaguars. He fills a real need for the New York Giants as well at No. 5 overall.
Ikem Ekwonu NFL Draft Odds
NFL Draft odds from FanDuel Sportsbook have Ekwonu at +145 to be a top-3 pick and -200 to be a top-5 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. His over/under is set at pick 3.5, with -158 odds on the over. Two of the three highlighted mock drafts have him drafted No. 5 overall, which would hit the over on that prop bet.
Ikem Ekwonu Stats
2021: NC State Wolfpack
- Pro Football Focus called Ekwonu the single most dominant run-blocking tackle in the country. His 18 big-time blocks in the run game this past season were seven more than the next-closest Power Five offensive lineman.
2020: NC State Wolfpack
- Started all 12 games in 2020, the first four at left guard and then again shifting to left tackle for the final eight. Led the team with 50 pancake blocks and with 22 knockdowns. Earned AP Second-team All ACC honors.
2019: NC State Wolfpack
- Ekwonu was the teams Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year as a true freshman, starting the Wolfpack's final seven games at left tackle.
Ekwonu only gave up three sacks on 500 snaps during the 2021 college season. Ickey was named a unanimous All-American and was awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best blocker in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Ikem Ekwonu Height, Weight & 40-Yard Dash
All height, weight and workout information is from NFL.com.
- Height: 6'4"
- Weight: 320lbs
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.93 seconds