The San Francisco 49ers have met with Michigan guard Michael Onwenu, per USA Today’s Justin Melo. The 6’3”, 344-pound offensive guard was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree with the Wolverines. Onwenu started 34 games at Michigan. He was also PFF’s second-team guard on their All-Big Ten team as well as a midseason All-American at right guard for PFF.
Onwenu started at both right and left guard at Michigan. As you may imagine, Onwenu’s size limits his range as an offensive lineman. Here is NFL.com’s blurb. They rated Onwenu as a Day 3 pick and a backup:
Powerful and wide, Onwenu’s natural play strength is somewhat offset by his below-average athletic ability. With better hand placement and attention to footwork, he can take a step forward as a drive blocker with the ability to move bodies around, but he’ll be a scheme-specific prospect who could struggle against quick, upfield players and sub-package rushers. He has backup guard ability and potential as a Day 3 pick.
Sports Info Solution’s didn’t have Onwenu rated in their top-19 offensive guards. Onwenu is the No. 124th player on PFF’s big board. The 22-year-old graded as a 78.7, according to PFF. That’s good for the ninth-best grade in 2019 among all guards. I haven’t seen him play, but I imagine his size athletic limitations are why Onwenu is lower. If you can block, you can block, though. Onwenu is intriguing for the fact that he can play both positions and has experience.