The San Francisco 49ers were among four teams to hold a pre-draft FaceTime, yes, FaceTime, meeting with TCU guard Cordel Iwuagwu recently, per Justin Melo of USA Today’s NFL Wire. I have no clue who Cordel is and won’t pretend to know about him. Iwuagwu is 6-foot-3, 309 pounds, and ran a 5.22 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Here are the rest of his measurables:
40-time: 5.22 seconds
Vertical: 27 inches
Broad jump: 94 inches
3-cone drill: 8.3 seconds
Bench press: 25 reps
20-yard shuttle: 4.87 seconds
For an offensive lineman, anything over eight-seconds in the 3-cone is a red flag. 7.7/4.7 or below in the 3-cone and short shuttle drills are viewed as “good.”
Here is what NFL Network’s draft profile says about Iwuagwu:
Guard-only prospect lacking desired NFL size and consistency. Iwuagwu’s run blocking isn’t defined by plus power or athleticism. He doesn’t play with consistent body control or footwork, and there aren’t enough reps where he is in command and in control. His arm length and punch stiffness are both good, but he lacks instincts to recognize and respond to blitzing/twisting fronts in a timely manner. He might get a shot in camp, but he lacks the functional strength and footwork to withstand the size and force of NFL interior defenders.
NFLN graded Iwuagwu as a priority free agent, so this is likely the 49ers doing their homework on Day 3 and UDFA players. In this interview, Iwuagwu was asked what type of player the NFL is getting. Here is his answer:
They’re getting a physical, accountable guy. I’m a leader first and foremost. It doesn’t matter if I play right away or not. I can sit back and learn if that’s what they deem necessary. I’m happy to soak it all in. I’m gonna give it my best during every day at practice.