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International Prospect: Bamidele Olaseni

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Every year, the NFL scouts and gives the opportunity to international football players to compete at the professional level both via the International Pathway Program and the conventional NCAA pipeline. The Buffalo Bills currently have a few such players (Christian Wade, Efe Obada, and Eli Ankou). I’ve written about both of the British Bills before, and now, I want to add a third, someone who I would absolutely love to see in Buffalo next season: Bamidele Olaseni.

Bamidele Olaseni, OL, University of Utah

This massive unit of a human, aptly nicknamed “Big Bam”, is an incredibly talented offensive linesman. He’s proven he’s good at what he does, earning Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team and Shrine Bowl honors.

Measurements

Height: 6’8”

Weight: 330 lbs

Wingspan: 88 3/8″

Strengths

+ Versatile: Olaseni primarily plays LT, though he’s taken reps at guard and RT. This type of versatility is a must for the Bills, who found themselves with rocky OL play last season due to various injuries. New OL Coach Aaron Kromer can mold a guy like Bam into a plug and play type player.

+ Quick feet and decent technique: Bam can twist and readjust his position almost seamlessly. While defenders are getting faster with their spin moves, Bam doesn’t let this affect him. He simply moves with his defender, replaces his hands, and swiftly squares up again.

Trish on Twitter: “#77 Big Bam. Not only does the quickness of his feet mean you can’t get around him, but he won’t let a defender go either. Throws the poor sucker to the ground like he weighs nothing.International player I’d love to see on the Bills 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 https://t.co/QK4vh51suy / Twitter”

77 Big Bam. Not only does the quickness of his feet mean you can’t get around him, but he won’t let a defender go either. Throws the poor sucker to the ground like he weighs nothing.International player I’d love to see on the Bills 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 https://t.co/QK4vh51suy

+ Big, strong, and physical: Not only can he follow his guy, most times, they can’t even get around him because of his size. Olaseni wraps defenders up with his huge wingspan, refusing to let them move. He can push a guy to the numbers in just a couple of big strides. Many times, he throwa the guy to the ground for simply daring to try and get around him. I love it.

Weaknesses

– A little slow: Whilst his footwork is good, if a defender is able to get around him, it’s unlikely that Bam will be able to recover from that loss. This means, given how Josh Allen moves in and around the pocket, Bam may struggle to keep up. However, with just a bit of training, I think he can pick up that extra step.

– Over sets to the outside: Olaseni needs some work on his technique. When he anticipates an edge rush, he moves outside. This leaves the inside wide open. A couple of quick moves and that defender can move through the gap. A guy like Frank Clark would sack Allen in a heartbeat.

– Poor body control: Many times, Bam doesn’t bend at the knees, so he plays too high. He loses balance and then has to hustle to stay with his defender. NFL defenders are much quicker than the guys he’s faced at college. He’d struggle here.

Should he be an “International Bill”?

The size, agility, strength, and versatility of Olaseni are all exactly what the Buffalo Bills are looking for. Whilst he has some significant weaknesses, they can be refined as he develops. I think Bam would be a good fit here. However, right now, I’d project Bam as a short-term practice squad candidate.

Much like Marty McFly, Trish Patel (aka Tyler Bass Enthusiast) is a time traveller who stole a sports almanac so as to fool you mortals into believing that she can predict the stats of a game. If you come at her on social media, there is an excellent chance you'll get burnt. They don't call her @savage_trish for nothing.

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