|No. 77 – Cincinnati Bengals|
|Born:||December 8, 1997|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||302 lb (137 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2020 / Round: 6 / Pick: 180|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Hakeem Adeniji (born December 8, 1997) is an American football guard for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kansas. At Kansas, he was a two-time All-Big 12 selection, making the 1st team in 2019 and 2nd team in 2018. He was drafted in the sixth-round (180th overall selection) of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Bengals.
Adeniji attended high school at Garland High School in Texas. In high school, he had initially committed to play at the United States Air Force Academy. However, he failed to receive a medical waiver to attend due to an allergy to cashews. After failing to receive the waiver, he committed to the University of Kansas.
As a freshman, Adeniji became a starter at tackle immediately, starting all twelve games. Throughout his college career, Adeniji showed durability, not missing a single game in his career due to injury. By the final game of his senior year, he had been on the roster for 48 games and started in all of them. In his junior and senior years, he helped pave the way for running back Pooka Williams Jr. to rush for over 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. For his efforts, he was named 2nd team All-Big 12 as a junior and 1st team as a senior.
Adeniji received an invite to the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. He played tackle at Kansas, although NFL Analyst Lance Zierlein said he believed Adeniji may have to move to guard in the NFL.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 4+3⁄8 in
|5.17 s||1.78 s||2.98 s||34 in
|9 ft 7 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Adeniji was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 180th overall selection in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. In week 8 of the 2020 season, Adeniji recorded his first career start at tackle. He helped the Bengals, who had allowed 28 sacks through 7 games, allow zero sacks in the game for the first time all season. He finished his rookie season with five starts and played in fifteen games.
Adeniji tore his pectoral muscle during offseason workouts and had season ending surgery to repair it in June 2021. He was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list following the preseason. He was activated on November 4, 2021. In his first game back from injury, he made his sixth career start against the Cleveland Browns. He would finish the season starting in and playing in nine games. He would also get the start for the Bengals in their postseason victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, which was the Bengals first playoff win in 31 years.
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- "Pregame Notebook: Adeniji Continues To Impress Bengals With Looming Start At RG; Rookie DT Shelvin Active For NFL Debut". Bengals.com.
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