by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Howard University Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - Howard, Tackle, Anim Dankwah
Name- Anim Dankwah
HT/WT- 6’8” 360 lbs.
Home – Ontario, Canada
Dankwah was born in Ghana and moved to Canada in 2010 when he was 9-years-old. By the time he got to high school, he started playing football, and the sport took him from Ontario to California, back to Canada, and then to Taft School in Connecticut for his last year of high school. He was not heavily recruited but was offered a scholarship to Howard and he committed to the Bison.
In 2019, Dankwah played sparingly in 8 games for Howard at right tackle. The 2020 season was canceled due to Covid-19, but he had a solid 2021 season at right tackle and was named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Second-Team. Dankwah continued his ascension in 2022 and was named an All-MEAC First Team selection, starting 11 games at right tackle and helping Howard earn a share of the MEAC regular season championship, its first since 1993. The 2023 season saw more of the same from Dankwah. He started all 12 games and was once again named an All-MEAC First Team selection. After the season, he decided to forego the rest of his eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.
Anim Dankwah is an imposing tackle with excellent hands that he uses to control defenders. He has an impressive blend of length, weight and a wingspan of 87 ½” to neutralize blitzers on the outside. For a 360 lb. man, he moves well, his frame making it difficult to work either around or through him. When he lands his punches, they are loaded with enough power to knock a defender off his trajectory and cause balance issues. He is still raw compared to other tackles in this class but offers some substantial upside to a team down the road.
On the downside, Dankwah’s a bit raw and is inconsistent with the timing of his punches and misses the target too often. He plays too upright and stiff and struggles to overpower defenders in the run game. He is more of a north and south blocker and has issues with lateral movement when engaged with opponents. In one-on-one battles with quicker opponents, he has trouble staying engaged and defenders can slip by him early on. Speed rushers sometimes cause him to lose his balance and he will need some time to transition to the speed and size of the NFL. He sets up in pass protection with his hands too low and is susceptible to defenders getting inside his body and neutralizing him.
Dankwah’s playing style and size reminds Draft Nation of Dawand Jones. Jones was a 4th round pick out of Ohio State by the Cleveland Browns in the 2023 NFL Draft. Both players move well for being over 360 lbs. and both have issues with keeping their base and pads low in the run game. Jones is definitely more polished than Dankwah, but Dankwah has the ability and the tools to be a part of an NFL team's offensive line.
Plays too upright
Anim Dankwah is a raw and inconsistent right tackle. He has enough size and athleticism to be worthy of a late round selection or to be a quality undrafted free agent. If he can work on getting his pads lower and his lateral movement, it will allow him to use his wingspan to dominate.
Draft 412 Draft Projection - Round 6 or Round 7