The Texas Longhorns are properly on their way to becoming a powerhouse plan after once more.
A single of the largest factors for their turnaround was the play of 2019 NFL draft prospect Charles Omenihu and how he struck worry into the hearts of opposing blockers and quarterbacks alike.
A versatile, dominant playmaker, Omenihu was a 1-man wrecking ball in 2018, establishing himself as 1 of the greatest defensive prospects in the 2019 NFL draft class.
Omenihu lately spoke exclusively with MCM about his expertise at the combine, why he enhanced so a lot in 2018 from his junior season, and why he’ll be the greatest selection a group could make in the 2019 NFL draft.
JM: How would you grade your general overall performance at the combine?
CO: I consider I did alright out there. I felt like I seriously excelled in the position drills. I was carrying out that with the defensive line and linebacker position groups. I believed I did properly in my vertical jump. I believed my shuttle occasions have been fairly great. I’m gonna re-do the 40 yard dash and three-cone at my pro day. I’ve tested more rapidly in each of these drills previously so I know I can do greater. I consider I did fairly properly general although. I was seriously pleased with my position drills specially.
JM: You strategy on enhancing on your 40 yard dash and three-cone benefits at your pro day?
CO: Yes sir. I’m extremely confident that I can boost in each drills. I know I can do greater simply because I did greater all through the coaching course of action. I’m unquestionably seeking forward to that.
JM: How a lot of a prosperous pass rushing rep is achieved pre-snap?
CO: I seriously consider the course of action of becoming a excellent pass rusher is achieved in the film space. I seriously do. When I’m rushing the passer, virtually absolutely nothing is going via my thoughts. That is the truthful truth. My thoughts is blank. By that point, I’ve studied my opponent extensively. I’ve watched so a lot film on him that I know what he’s gonna do and how he’s gonna set up. I currently know what I’m gonna do to beat it. I know all of this ahead of we even step on the field.
JM: That is remarkable. Which pass rushers did you delight in watching developing up?
CO: I watched a lot of DeMarcus Ware developing up. Not too long ago I’ve watched far more Joey Bosa, Chandler Jones and Aaron Donald. Bosa converts speed to energy so proficiently. He has so a lot strength in his hands. Jones has a lot of length and so do I. I enjoy to study how he utilizes that length to his benefit. I watch a lot of Donald simply because I’ve come to the realization that some teams are gonna wanna use me inside in the NFL. He’s the greatest at rushing from the interior so I’d be silly not to study him and watch how he does it.
JM: I’m curious as to what you really feel was the important to your improvement in between your junior and senior seasons. I really feel like you took a major step forward final year.
CO: I have to give a lot of credit to the strength coach. Coach [Yancy] McKnight does a excellent job. He helped me develop into a lot far more explosive final year. He was extremely committed in his function with me. We specially worked on the mobility of my hips. I have to mention my defensive line trainer as properly, coach [Charles] O’Neal. We have a lot of conversations more than the telephone and he helped me come across 3 pass rush moves for me to use and great. We worked so tough on that all summer season. It seriously paid off.
JM: That is amazing. I just have to ask you this. What’s the greatest Breckyn Hager story you can inform me out loud? He’s very the character.
CO: Oh man. Breckyn is most unquestionably a character. I say that in a great way of course. I’m attempting to consider of a funny story I can inform you on the record (laughs). I’ll say this about Breckyn. Absolutely everyone knew about his injury. He wore that elbow brace for a lengthy time. This is a testament to how a lot he cares about the University of Texas. He calls me Charlie-man by the way. He came up to me and he goes, “Charlie-man, my elbow hurts but I’m out right here fighting for you guys. The only way they’re receiving me off this field is if my elbow pops out or dislocates absolutely… but even if it does, do not inform them, simply because I’m nonetheless gonna play via it. I enjoy you Charlie-man.” That is a great dude ideal there. He’s a character but he cares about the group far more than something. He by no means puts himself initially. He cares deeply about the game of football.
JM: You have had a lot of excellent teammates all through your time at Texas, but I’m gonna place you on the spot a small. If you have been headed to war tomorrow and could only bring 1 with you, who would you bring and why?
CO: Offense or defense?
JM: You can choose any individual you ever known as a teammate.
CO: That is extremely hard. Wow, this is a tough query. I would almost certainly take DeShon Elliott with me. Or perhaps Poona Ford. Unquestionably DeShon or Poona. DeShon has the identical type of attitude as me. He thinks he’s greater than everyone and he’s gonna show you precisely why he’s greater than you (laughs). He’s gonna hold telling you about it as well. He backs it up. Poona is a higher power, higher motor kinda guy. He’s a pure technician. You normally have to have these guys about you. He requires on the underdog part and excels in it.
JM: That is a excellent answer. In closing Charles, what type of man is an organization receiving when they draft Charles Omenihu?
CO: They’re receiving an truthful man initially and foremost. They’re receiving somebody that is particularly committed to the game of football. They’re receiving somebody who completely enjoys winning and will do something to assistance his group win a championship.