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Former basketball player Fendi Onobun an NFL draft hopeful

Fendi Onobun is a tight end whose college football career consisted of just two catches for 33 yards. But before playing one year of college football last season at Houston, Onubun played four years of college basketball at Arizona. And the athleticism he showed on the basketball court — as well as in private workouts this spring — makes him a potential pick in the NFL draft.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Onobun caught the eye of the Carolina Panthers with a workout that included a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, a 37.5-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot-1 standing broad jump. That’s an inch better than the best broad jump at the combine.

Until playing for Houston last year, Onobun hadn’t played football since junior high school. But even though he has a much better chance of making it in the NFL than the NBA, he says he doesn’t have any regrets about devoting himself to basketball instead of football for eight years.

“I’m a big believer that things happen when one door closes and another one opens,” Onobun told the Arizona Daily Star. “I can’t look back and say, ‘what if?'”

Now Onobun can look forward and say he has a real chance of playing in the NFL.

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8 Responses to “Former basketball player Fendi Onobun an NFL draft hopeful”
  1. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 11, 2010 11:12 AM

    The NFL scouts ran me through some drills recently to see if I had draft potential. I had to prove I could get in a bar fight at 3 am, and then drive an Escalade into a tree at 5 am. I had to demonstrate my ability to get a lawyer on my cell phone on speed dial any time day or night. They wanted to see if I could hold my own in a Twitter fight with a celebrity girlfriend.
    I didn’t really do so well, since I’m inexperienced in most of those areas, but they said I’ve got learning potential, and I’m hopeful to get drafted.

  2. brasho says: Apr 11, 2010 11:13 AM

    With his size and speed I can see a team taking a chance on him in the 6th or 7th and hope he can contribute on special teams until he can figure out either the TE or DE positions.

  3. DG0122 says: Apr 11, 2010 11:41 AM

    Dekota Watson went 11’2″ but they did not list the LB broad jump for some reason

  4. Abe Froeman says: Apr 11, 2010 12:01 PM

    Those numbers you provided would have meant more if you told us he was 6’6 250+.

  5. LL Live says: Apr 11, 2010 12:37 PM

    Height, weight?

  6. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Apr 11, 2010 12:37 PM

    Abe Froeman +5

  7. SayItAin'tSoFlorio says: Apr 11, 2010 12:46 PM

    Did he win an “Underwear Olympics” award? I thought you guys (PFT) didn’t think any of this was important.

  8. Catamount says: Apr 11, 2010 2:06 PM

    6-foot-6, 252 pounds

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