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NFL Scouting Combine Spotlight: Kiran Amegadjie



Yale's Kiran Amegadjie is headed to the NFL Draft Combine

This week the annual NFL Scouting Combine is taking place in Indianapolis. A total of 319 draft prospects were invited. The list includes eight prospects from New England schools, who will be featured on Patriots Football Now during the week. The first New England prospect to come off the board could be Yale offensive tackle Kiran Amegadjie.

The Hinsdale, Ill. native is currently ranked as a second-round prospect by many outlets, including here. Amegadjie could certainly be in play for the New England Patriots at pick No. 34 overall in Round 2. That is a move that could keep the Bulldogs tackle in New England, set to replace Trent Brown who is headed to free agency.

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Kiran Amedgadjie dominated the competition playing for Yale. He was named First Team All-Ivy League the past two seasons, Yale was Ivy League Champions in 2022 and co-champions in 2023. Football analyst Phil Steele named Amedgadjie Ivy League Offensive Lineman of the Year.

There were three Yale Bulldogs in the NFL last season. Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun is a tackling machine for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Safety Rodney Thomas II plays for the Indianapolis Colts and recorded an interception against the Patriots last season. Offensive guard Dieter Eiselen played with the Houston Texans last season.

Amegadjie will also have a friendly face competing with him at the combine. Former Bulldog offensive lineman Nick Garigulo, who played for South Carolina last season, will be in Indianapolis as well.

In an interview with The Athletic, Amegadjie said he was happy things worked out the way they did for him.

“I’m super competitive and feel like I was under-recruited, but it all worked out like it was supposed to,” Amegadjie said. “If I could go back and attend any school in the country, I would still pick Yale.”

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The Patriots have new additions on the offensive line coaching staff with Scott Peters and Robert Kugler. New England added Michael McCarthy as an offensive assistant as well, who coached again Amegadjie last season while at Brown.

Kiran Amegadjie has a real chance to solidify a spot in the Top 50 of the 2024 NFL Draft with a good showing this week. He has impressive measurables already, including the ever-important reach for a tackle. Teams will want to interview him, see his athleticism, and perhaps most importantly his medicals. He had a partially torn left quad last season, which required surgery. Teams will want to be certain he has fully recovered.

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