Draft Profile: Jon Asamoah

NAME – Jon Asamoah

Position – Guard.

College – Illinois.

Status – Senior

Size/Weight – 6-4 1/8, 307 pounds

Important numbers – 5.08 seconds in 40-yard dash, 22 reps on bench press, 27-inch vertical jump, 8-foot 11-inch broad jump.

Age – 22 in July

Honors – Second-team All-Big 10 offense ‘09 … First-team Academic All-America ‘09 … honorable mention All-Big 10 offensive ‘08.

College career – For the last three seasons, Asamoah has held down the right guard spot in the Illini offense and did it with honors

Stats of note –43 games/37 consecutive starts … allowed just two sacks in the past two seasons.

STRENGTHS – Very good pass blocker thanks to his size, long arms and big hands … big enough to move the pile on running plays … has the quickness to move and pull from either side … highly competitive and plays with a non-stop motor.

WEAKNESSES – While he has quick feet, sometimes his footwork gets him in trouble and he’ll need work and coaching in that area … sometimes plays high and allows defensive players to get under his pads … stops initial pass rush, but frequently has trouble with second moves.

THE RIGHT 53? – Character might as well be Asamoah’s middle name. He’s highly intelligent, carrying a 3.7 GPA with a major in community health. Both his mother and father own Masters degrees. Available, as he’s not had much in the way of injuries. Plays with a nasty demeanor, but is a great personality off the field.

What he said – “I want them to know my mentality and how focused I am on football. How much I care about what I’m doing, how competitive I am, how I hate when they tell me someone’s better than I am. I’m always going to do my job and you’re never going to have to worry about me.”

End game – Considered by most the No. 1 guard prospect in this year’s draft class, Asamoah will probably have to wait until early in the second round to hear his name called. Whoever does select him will get a solid player and citizen, with a solid upside.

ON THE CHIEFS LIST? – Asamoah would have to be a consideration with their two choices in the second round. His mobility is fits with what Haley wants from his interior offensive line.

8 Responses to “Draft Profile: Jon Asamoah”

  • April 14, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    This is exactly the kind of player I think Pioli will be looking at for the O-line this draft…and not with the #5 pick. Asamoah would be a good choice. Although, I’d rather see them get a Center first…unless they think there will be a good one later on.

  • April 14, 2010  - Danny W says:

    I’ve been calling for this guy to get picked with our 2b pick all year long. Waters is 34 years old and its showing. Lilga couldn’t pass his physical with the former champs. He will be a pro bowl guard at the next level. He would make Albert and our center who ever it is better. May back up this year but I guarantee he would start by year two and be an impact guy on the line.

  • April 14, 2010  - el cid says:

    You going to bench Waters and Lilja?? Waters is one of the highest paid Guards and just signed Lilja…..Pioli would look bad and the Hunts do not throw away money.

    Would like this kid but needs trump wants. He goes somewhere else unless Pioli can dump Waters or Albert or dump Niswanger and move Waters. Think it will happen? NO.

  • April 14, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    Waters’ play has been declining the last two year. If the trend continues this year? Not good. The mess we got into with the O-line was not having players ready to step in to fill the “holes” left by Roaf, Shields, etc.

    That said, I think having a good Center would help Waters quite a bit. Because when did he start looking pretty average? When Niswanger took over.

  • April 14, 2010  - SG says:

    “…Asamoah will probably have to wait until early in the second round to hear his name called.”

    If he’s there in Rd. 3, do we look at him – or is a guy like Walton from Baylor a more likely selection?

  • April 14, 2010  - Danny W says:

    Waters play is on the rapid decline. I go to quite a few Chief games and you can watch the trenches really well from the nose bleeds and the lower level.

    Its one of the advantages of going to the game you aren’t forced to constantly watch the football. Outside of that and a mega stress release from screaming the entire game while were on defense there is no advantage to going to a game especially not on the wallet.

    Thats another subject. Mad Chief I agree with all of that except I noticed him start to slip when Roaf and Shields left. He would get blown away and hold alot.

    El Cid
    Dont get your hopes up about Lilga teams dont just cut quality players for no reason. Ala he wasnt that big of a contract hit. Waters football age has him farting dust. Osomuagh is a stud.

  • April 14, 2010  - el cid says:

    Maybe so. Williams out of Tenn in first round. Two 2nd rounders, WR and LB or Center and S. Still do not see Osomuagh on Chiefs immediate needs.

  • April 14, 2010  - Danny W says:

    Well I remember the days when I thought the Chiefs had a shot to get to the big dance. You know the year we went 13-0. We had such a good offensive line that we had a shot at winning every game. In the 90’s we were competitive but only made it to the Championship game once. Our chances of glory were ruined when Montana got hit and was given a concussion. I know you need balance but man you got to do something with that line. Bob even agrees man do something serious and long term with that offensive line and get it over with stop putting band aids on the dam. Build a new one and get it over with or the flooding will never ever stop.

    Yah I expect Pioli will draft Dan Williams and it will be a reach just like last year. Sitting around the same camp fire saying don’t be so tough on them it takes D lineman three years to be good in the NFL.

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