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Name: Oluwole Betiku Jr (Transfer from Southern California)
College: Illinois     Number: 99
Height: 6-3   Weight: 249
Position: OLB  Pos2: DE
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2020

40 Low: 4.62
   40 Time: 4.70
  40 High: 4.76

> Projected Round: 7-HPFA  Stock:   Projected High: 6-7th  Low: HPFA

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Height: 6030
Weight: 249

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Dates: 03/09/20
Hand: 10  Arm: 33
Wingspan: 79 1/8

Height: 6030
Weight: 249
40 Yrd Dash: 4.70
20 Yrd Dash: 2.74
10 Yrd Dash: 1.60
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 19
Vertical Jump: 32 1/2
Broad Jump: 09'07"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.26
3-Cone Drill: 7.31

40 Time Range: 4.69-4.70


 Data Scout Notes: 2020: 01/11/20-Announced Early Entry into 2020 NFL Draft...Grad transferred from Southern California in summer for '19. Not listed on spring roster in '19. Medical redshirt due to offseason hip injury in '18. Backup OLB w/2 TT, 0.5 TFL in 9 gms in '17. Ba

 Oluwole Betiku Jr, Illinois, Player News

  Oluwole Betiku Jr. went seven rounds without hearing his named called during last week's NFL draft. Then Saturday night and all of Sunday and Monday passed without the former Illinois defensive end landing as an undrafted free agent with one of the 32 NFL teams. Betiku got the chance he was looking for Tuesday when the New York Giants announced they had signed the 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end and nine other rookie free agents. Betiku is the first former Illini to sign following the 2020 draft. - News Gazette Tribune

(DS#24 OLB) Jr/2020 OLB Oluwole Betiku JrIllinois
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  If Lovie Smith is upset with Oluwole Betiku for leaving Illinois early, he has an unusual way of showing it. Betiku flew into town Friday to get ready for Monday's Illinois Pro Timing Day. At the airport, Betiku saw Smith, who was picking up his grandson. "He gave me a ride to my place," Betiku said. "We had a good conversation. He was great. He's like a father to me." The defensive end transferred to Illinois from Southern Cal before the start of the 2019 season. After limited playing time with the Trojans, he was an immediate hit with the Illini.

Despite missing three games because of injury, Betiku led the team with nine sacks. Betiku could have come back to Illinois for another year. But on Jan. 11, the 22-year-old declared for the NFL draft. "After the season, I looked at my numbers, I looked at how I played, and I just felt like I'm ready for the challenge," Betiku said. Betiku didn't seek much advice before making the jump. "I really just focused my soul and sat by myself in the house and asked myself, 'I've already graduated, I've got a college degree. What am I waiting for?'" Betiku said. "I might as go try to be a professional player." What happens next is up to him. "At the end of the day, wherever you go, however you go, you have to make a team, you have to work hard," Betiku said. "I believe in my hard work and my effort. I've always bet on my effort and myself." - News Gazette Tribune

(DS#24 OLB) Jr/2020 OLB Oluwole Betiku JrIllinois
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  A total of six former Fighting Illini football players took part in Illinois' annual NFL Pro Day Monday morning, March 9, at the Smith Football Center and Irwin Indoor Practice Center in front of 30 NFL scouts. Taking part in Monday's workouts were six Fighting Illini from the small 2019 Redbox Bowl squad - Oluwole Betiku Jr., Dre Brown, Reggie Corbin, Stanley Green, Dele Harding, and Tymir Oliver. Jamal Milan had measurements taken, but was unable to participate in drills due to injury.

The Illini started off with measurements and vertical leap testing inside the Smith Center before moving to the Irwin Indoor complex for speed an agility drills. After the drill testing, the Fighting Illini took part in position-specific drills on the turf at the Irwin Practice Facility. Betiku may have helped his stock the most on Pro Day, running an unofficial 4.69 40-yard dash, which would have ranked third among all defensive linemen at the NFL Combine. His 4.26 short shuttle time would have ranked first at the combine, while his 7.26 3-cone time would have been fourth. - Illinois Football

(DS#24 OLB) Jr/2020 OLB Oluwole Betiku JrIllinois
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