Michael Hoomanawanui Scouting Report
|School:||Illinois Fighting Illini|
|Height & Weight:||6'5 - 270 lbs.|
2010 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, Illinois
Michael Hoomanawanui is an interesting draft prospect. Unlike most of the tight end prospects the past few years, Hoomanawanui has the size to be a devastating blocker at the professional level. Because he's not an explosive pass catcher, teams will likely bypass him early in the draft, but he will be a valuable pick later in the draft for a team looking to improve their run blocking. He saw action as a freshman, but didn't record a single catch. During his sophomore and junior seasons, he caught 30 passes for 376 yards and had 4 touchdown receptions. Like most of the Illinois roster, Hoomanawanui had a slow 2009 season. He has just 10 catches for 114 yards as a senior. He isn't the type of tight end who will stretch the seam against opposing defenses, but he does do a nice job of blocking and then leaking out as a safety valve for the quarterback. Because of his size, he's also difficult to tackle once he's caught the ball and has a head of steam. Hoomanawanui is likely to slip into the sixth or even seventh round, but develop into a Jim Kleinsasser type of tight end in the pros. Michael Hoomanawanui looked very good during senior Bowl practices. He is not much of a threat as a receiver, but he is a huge mauling blocker at the tight end position. He will likely be drafted in the sixth or seventh round, but could be invaluable to an NFL team's running game.
Last Updated Feb-15-2010 by Randall Weida
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