The NFL draft is set to begin on April 30, 2015. Former Collegiate Defensive Ends like Randy Gregory, Alvin “Bud” Dupree and Shane Ray are anxiously awaiting to hear their named call. To see their dream fulfilled. Some would envy them. Others would envy Efe Obada. Obada works at a warehouse in London. At least he did. Obada is now a member of the Dallas Cowboys.
Obada plays for an American Style football team called the London Warriors. He has only played in five games. Contrary to the aforementioned draftees, Obada has not been playing the sport long. The Cowboys are hoping that it doesn’t matter.
On tape, Efe needs to be taught how to effectively use his hands and how to improve his footwork. There is some things he need to learn about counter balance and bending. These are things that can be resolved and honed during practice, coaching and training. The things that can’t be taught is natural ability. Coach Adrian Eaglin, an offensive line coach for Denton Ryan, told me long ago when asking about why a certain player would get noticed by college teams. “I can make you the best lineman in the State. I can’t make you 6’6.” That one statement was all it took for me to understand how important being a gifted athlete is.
Efe Obada is that gifted athlete. He stands 6 foot 6 inches tall. He weighs 260 pounds and has a wingspan of 84 inches. He has been clocked in the forty yard dash in the 4.7 range. Efe can close on the ball and showcases good awareness and coordination. He is a physical specimen. The Cowboys are hoping to turn Obada from an athlete with RAW talent into an NFL defensive end. Can it be done? Assistant Scouting Director Will McClay has found talent to be on the roster before, but never this far. There has to be something special that the scouts saw in him for him to garner not just a look, but a three-year deal. Obada has his work cut out for him. The mental preparation alone is staggering. Can he pickup schemes, assignments, and learn all the techniques needed to be successful? We don’t know, but for right now he is living a dream.