There’s been a lot of talk about TEs in Buffalo recently. With Engram heading to Jacksonville and Gronk likely reuniting with the now unretired Tom Brady, it seems the Bills will have to look elsewhere for TE depth. I’m a firm believer that Jelani Woods is the Bills’ answer, but Kehinde Oginni Hassan could be someone to build a future on.
Kehinde Oginni Hassan originally started out on the basketball court, gaining an opportunity to enhance his skills via the Ejike Ugboaja Foundation in 2014. It was here, that his talent for football was first recognised. After some convincing, he transitioned his way into the sport, working with a few high school coaches.
Over the years, he worked tirelessly to make his NFL dreams, posting videos of his workouts online hoping to get into an American school. Unfortunately, this was not meant to be, but his efforts were not without reward. Kehinde caught the attention of former New York Giant Osi Umenyiora, who invited him to his NFL camp UpRise. It was here that he impressed scouts and earned his spot in the IPP program.
Weight: 225 lbs
+ Massive Frame: Hassan is a monster, standing at a huge 6’7″ height. And he uses it all to his advantage. The way in which he can extend to his full length and really push can be attributed to his basketball background. Allen would benefit from being able to throw a pass well above everyone else’s heads.
+ Speedy: Unofficially, Hassan ran a 4.80ish 40 time. Not as fast as some of the prospects we’ve seen, however, when making those cut moves it shows. He can quickly gain slight separation from a DB and with his height, that little bit of space can turn into a reception.
+ Agility: The time Kehinde has spent at camp shines through with his technique. His ability to cut and turn in his routes shows really good body control. Even if a pass is slightly behind him, he can adjust to reach back for the catch, all whilst keeping his stride and still being to turn up field.
– Very lanky: When it comes to blocking, Hassan’s 225lbs just isn’t enough. Lining up against huge 250+ lbs defensive linesmen will see him very quickly overpowered with absolutely no leverage. He can gain the weight and muscle needed through training, but right now it’s not good.
– Little strength: Hassan”s weight is also a factor when pass catching. Gaining an advantage over DBs is fine, but he won’t be able to shed a tackler. The NFL is becoming more defensively talented, so having a guy that won’t be able to have any YAC is frustrating to say the least.
Should he be an “International Bill”?
Kehinde Oginni Hassan has the strive and dedication to become a great player. The various camps he’s attended have really given him a solid working foundation. He can be great for Buffalo in the future. Also, if TE doesn’t work out for him, it’s very easy to transition him across to WR instead.