2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Ruke Orhorhoro

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2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Ruke Orhorhoro, DL, Clemson

Welcome to the Exclusive Sneak Peek: Ruke Orhorhoro, a defensive lineman out of Clemson. He is from Lagos, Nigeria, and was a 3-star recruit from Lagos High School.

Orhorhoro’s collegiate career got off to a slow start as he appeared in only four games in his first two seasons at Clemson, one of those seasons was the Covis-19-shortened season of 2020.

In 2021 he became a full-time player for the first time and production soon followed as he racked up 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He followed that up in 2022 with a 13 tackle and 4 sacks season in 14 games.

His final collegiate season came in 2023 with Clemson. He played in 12 games and set career highs in tackles and sacks, with 13 and 5 respectively.


Ruke Orhorhoro

NCAA Statistics

Defense & Fumbles Table
Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/7/2024.

Scouting Reports


  • Possesses a powerful lower body and gets great leverage on the line of scrimmage.
  • Has an excellent motor and a knack for finding the ball.
  • He has a tall and sturdy frame and great length.
  • Has elite upper body power and ability to dominate the opposition.


  • His spin move is slow and mechanical and lacks any real pop to it.
  • Has short arms which could limit his effectiveness and upside.
  • Is extremely raw and will need time to develop and refine his technique.
  • He struggles with hand-to-hand technique on the line of scrimmage.

Pre-Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital: Late Round 3

Ideal Landing Spot: Buffalo Bills

Ruke Orhorhoro Clemson
Courtesy of nflmockdraftdatabase.com

The Bills have seen their defense gutted by injuries and free agency and a potentially elite, young defensive lineman in the third round could be a steal and exactly what they need to jump-start their struggling unit.

Orhorhoro could conceivably go much earlier than this due to the league-wide need for starting linemen, but if he makes it to the third round he will be a great value for whichever team chooses to draft him.

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