Albert Okwuegbunam

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Albert Okwuegbunam
No. 85 – Denver Broncos
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1998-04-25) April 25, 1998 (age 24)
Springfield, Illinois
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Sacred Heart-Griffin
Springfield, Illinois
College:Missouri
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 4 / Pick: 118
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× All-SEC Second-team (2017, 2019)
  • All-SEC Freshman Team (2017)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2022
Receptions:50
Receiving yards:496
Receiving touchdowns:3
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Albert Chukwuemeka Okwuegbunam (/ˌkwuˈbunɑːm/ OH-kwoo-AY-boo-nahm;[1] born April 25, 1998) is an American football tight end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Missouri.

Early life[edit]

Okwuegbunam attended Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, Illinois.[2] He played wide receiver for the football team. He committed to the University of Missouri to play college football.[3]

College career[edit]

After redshirting his first year at Missouri in 2016, Okwuegbunam played in all 13 games in 2017 and recorded 29 receptions for 415 yards and 11 touchdowns.[4][5] He returned as Missouri's starter in 2018.[6][7] Following the 2019 season, Okwuegbunam decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split
6 ft 5+12 in
(1.97 m)
258 lb
(117 kg)
34+18 in
(0.87 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
4.49 s 1.56 s 2.62 s
All values from NFL Combine[9][10]

Okwuegbunam was selected by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round with the 118th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, reuniting with his former Missouri teammate, Drew Lock.[11] He made his NFL debut in Week 6 of the 2020 season against the New England Patriots. He had two receptions for 45 yards in the 18–12 victory.[12] He was placed on injured reserve on November 10, 2020 with a torn ACL.[13]

On October 9, 2021, Okwuegbunam was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.[14] He was activated on October 30.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Albert Okwuegbunam: Path to the Pros 2020". Youtube. April 9, 2020. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  2. ^ Mahan, Ryan (August 22, 2015). "CS8 football preview: Albert Okwuegbunam stands tall for loaded SHG". The State Journal-Register. GateHouse Media. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Webster, Brian (September 19, 2015). "SHG receiver Albert Okwuegbunam makes verbal commitment to Missouri". The State Journal-Register. GateHouse Media. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Matter, Dave (August 2, 2018). "Matter's Mizzou camp countdown: What can Albert O. do for an encore?". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Lee Enterprises. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Matter, Dave (October 25, 2017). "'Albert O' soars into spotlight for Mizzou". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Lee Enterprises. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Lee, Eric (August 4, 2018). "NOTEBOOK: Okwuegbunam looks to build on freshman campaign | Mizzou Football". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Teague-Robinson, Cameron (August 25, 2018). "The big 'O' in Missouri's offense". Columbia Daily Tribune. GateHouse Media. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Terada, Souic (December 2, 2019). "Mizzou tight end Albert Okwuegbunam declares for NFL, leaves one year early". kansascity.com. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Albert Okwuegbunam Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  10. ^ "2020 Draft Scout Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  11. ^ Murry, Thomas (April 25, 2020). "Denver Broncos draft Mizzou's Albert Okwuegbunam". ABC 17. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  12. ^ "Denver Broncos at New England Patriots - October 18th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  13. ^ DiLalla, Aric (November 10, 2020). "Broncos awarded CB De'Vante Bausby off waivers". DenverBroncos.com.
  14. ^ DiLalla, Aric (October 9, 2021). "Broncos activate CB Ronald Darby from injured reserve". DenverBroncos.com.
  15. ^ DiLalla, Aric (October 30, 2021). "Broncos activate WR Jerry Jeudy, TE Albert Okwuegbunam, ILB Jonas Griffith from IR to 53-man roster". DenverBroncos.com.

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