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Steelers Wishlist Michigan C-Olu Oluwatimi by J.T.

Michigan C-Olu Oluwatimi

Olu Oluwatimi has become the number one center in the 2023 NFL Draft, and his path getting there has been anything but easy.

Oluwatimi started his collegiate career at Air Force after receiving very little fanfare coming out of college. After one year at Air Force though Olu realized it wasn’t for him and transferred to Virginia. After 35 starts at Virginia Oluwatimi decided to enter the transfer portal and ended up playing his senior season at Michigan. Though he has taken away several awards including the Rimington Award (best center in country) and the Outland Trophy (for best interior lineman) this season was very trying for Olu. As a former Virginia Cavalier, he was close to a couple of the Virginia players shot down in November, and his father was also going through a procedure to remove a brain tumor. Through all this Oluwatimi persevered and has put himself in a position to be first center selected in 2023. Oluwatimi is on the outside of Draft412 powered by Sportsvival’s top 50 but still projects as the first center off the board, depending on when a team will be looking at the center position. Here is a look at Olu Oluwatimi’s pros and cons

C- Olu Oluwatimi       6’3” 307 lbs.


  1. Elite leadership ability you want from your center

  2. Solid upper body strength and hand positioning

  3. Downhill blocker who moves defenders

  4. Technically ready for next level

  5. Will step in and be leader of the offensive line


  1. Athletically not the smoothest

-Footwork needs work on pulling and getting to the 2nd level blocks

– Relies on upper body strength…gets lazy with lower half

– May be a question mark playing against defenders strong or stronger than him.

Final Analysis

I look for Oluwatimi to have a long, successful NFL career. He has always been questioned since high school and has found the will and way to succeed. Should play instantly and be a long-term answer for a team at center.

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