Re: OL Ojinnaka traded to the Patriots....terms undisclosed
posted at 8/23/2010 2:27 AM EDT
Here ALL, I'll add my part on some stuff that I've found out about Ojinnaka tonight...
#1 The guy's versatile AND He's comin' from, as some of ya might know, A very good Atlanta Offensive Line:
Ojinnaka's most current Ht/Wt combo given from One of The Falcons main sites, Lists him @ 6'5 and 309 lbs.
Ojinnaka has filled in at EVERY (yes, Every) Offensive Line position at some point or another for The Falcons: O-Guard, O-Tackle, and yup, even Center.
Think here some of the names whom Quinn Ojinnaka has BOTH backed up AND has filled in for, For several games at a spurt after/when any one of these guys has gone down for Atlanta due to Injury:
Ojinnaka has filled the spots of Tyson Clabo, Renardo Foster, and Wayne Gandy @ Offensive Tackle.
Ojinnaka has also filled in at various intervals, the spots of Justin Blalock, Harvey Dahl, and Kynan Forney @ Offensive Guard.
~Just the fact that The Atlanta Falcons through the span of 2006-2009, Have had their O-Line stocked with: Sam Baker, Justin Blalock, Todd McClure, Harvey Dahl, Kynan Forney, Tyson Clabo, Todd Weiner, Wayne Gandy, Renardo Foster, Alex Stepanovich, Brett Romberg, Matt Lehr, Ben Claxton, & with the new guys being Will Svitek, and Garret Reynolds...I mean, Is THIS even RIGHT!?! I have heard oof EVERY SINGLE Freaking One of these Guys...good god, If NE had HALF that O-Line within a 3 year span, they'd be absurd.
2008 Rank by Football Outsiders: #1 Overall (No "Excellent" Team Rankings & Atlanta topped the List @ #1 of "Very Good"). 2009 Rank by Football Outsiders: #3 Overall (Again, Atlanta's O-Line topped the list of "Very Good", but Tennessee & New Orleans were both #1 & #2 under "Excellent"- Atalnta's O-Line being only #2 Overall Ranked in Run Offense, and only #5 Overall Ranked in Pass Protection, lmao)...
#2 The SI.Com 2006 NFL Draft Bio on Quinn Ojinnaka:
Conference: Big East
Ht., Wt.: 6-4.5, 309
40 Time: 5.48
Selected by: Atlanta Falcons
Round 5, pick 6 (139 overall)
BIO: "Two-year starter who has played extensively since his freshman campaign."
POSITIVES: "Athletic blocker with the footwork necessary to handle the left tackle position. Plays with good pad level and stays square. Immediately gets his hands into opponents, displays good punch and anchors at the point. Quick to the second level and gets good fits on opposing linebackers. Seals defenders from the action with good positioning."
NEGATIVES: "Lacks the dominant base and has difficulty finishing blocks. Must make better use of angles."
ANALYSIS: "A self-starter who blocks with solid fundamentals, Ojinnaka needs to improve his overall body strength, yet has potential as a spot-starter in the NFL."
#3 The New England Patriots WERE Interested in Quinn Ojinnaka during the 2006 NFL Draft (THIS, From a Syracuse University Web-Page 2006 take on SU Players taken that year):
Quinn Ojinnaka: Atlanta Falcons
"The Atlanta Falcons selected offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka with the sixth pick in the fifth round (139th overall). Ojinnaka's selection makes him the first former Orange student-athlete to be drafted by Atlanta since 1986, when the Falcons chose linebacker Tim Green with the 17th overall selection in the draft.
As Webb notes in his blog, Ojinnaka, suprisingly, had a number of suitors:
Ojinnaka said he received calls from the Cowboys and Patriots in the fifth round telling him to hang tight, that each club was prepared to possibly draft him. He said when the Atlanta Falcons came on the screen, he looked away thinking they had no interest. As soon as he did, the phone rang. Ojinnaka said he did not recognize the number and thought, "this is it." The call was from Altanta Falcons coach Jim Mora, announcing his selection."
~OVERALL, Seems like a VERY good find, from ateam which currently has and Has Had, and extremely good and deep Offensive Line.