Germain Ifedi (born June 2, 1994) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas A&M. While there, Ifedi earned Freshman All-American honors by The Sporting News in 2013.[1] He was selected by the Seahawks in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Germain Ifedi
Free agent
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1994-06-02) June 2, 1994 (age 25)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school:Westside (Houston, Texas)
College:Texas A&M
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 31
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Second Team All-SEC (2015)
  • Sporting News Freshman All-American (2013)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2019
Games played:59
Games started:59
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

A native of Houston, Ifedi attended Westside High School, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track. He earned second-team All-State honors by the Associated Press. He recorded 96 pancakes as a senior, and also blocked a kick. The Westside Wolves went 10–4 on the season, losing the UIL 5A Division II Regional Final to Dekaney, which were led by running back Trey Williams.[2]

Regarded a four-star recruit by Scout.com, Ifedi was listed the No. 15 offensive guard prospect in his class.[3] ESPN also listed him as four-star recruit.[4] He chose Texas A&M over offers from Arkansas, Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Mississippi State.

College careerEdit

After redshirting in his first year at Texas A&M, Ifedi started all 13 season games on the offensive line in 2013. The Aggies offensive line, that also included tackles Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi, blocked for an offense that ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring, passing and total offense. Quarterback Johnny Manziel completed 69 percent of his passes over the season, for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns, and lead the team in rushing yards with 759. After the season, Ifedi was named Freshman All-American by Sporting News.[1]

In his sophomore season, Ifedi replaced Ogbuehi at right tackle (after Ogbuehi had to replace Matthews at left tackle). Ifedi started all but two games of the season, missing the Auburn and Missouri games due to a sprained knee suffered against Louisiana–Monroe.[5] The Aggies offensive line allowed only 27 sacks (2.1 per game), while quarterbacks Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen attempted a combined 514 passes (39.5 per game), leading the Southeastern Conference in passing yards and touchdowns.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 34 in
(1.97 m)
324 lb
(147 kg)
36 in
(0.91 m)
10 34 in
(0.27 m)
5.27 s 1.79 s 3.04 s 4.75 s 32 12 in
(0.83 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
24 reps
Values from NFL Combine[6][7]

Ifedi was selected 31st overall by the Seattle Seahawks.[8] He became the fourth consecutive Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman selected in the first round of an NFL Draft, after Luke Joeckel (2013), Jake Matthews (2014), and Cedric Ogbuehi (2015)

On May 6, 2016, Ifedi signed a four-year deal worth $8.27 million overall with a $4.2 million signing bonus.[9][10] Ifedi made his first career start and NFL debut on October 2, 2016, against the New York Jets in Week 4 after missing September due to an ankle injury.[11]

Ifedi entered his second season in 2017 as the Seahawks starting right tackle, starting in all 16 games. Ifedi led the league in penalties with 16.[12]

On May 3, 2019, the Seahawks declined the fifth-year option on Ifedi's contract, making him a free agent in 2020.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Ifedi's parents are Nigerian immigrants.[14] Ifedi is a member of the Pi Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. His older brother, Martin Ifedi, played defensive end for the Memphis Tigers.[15]

At Texas A&M, Ifedi majored in construction science. The summer before his senior year, he interned with Manhattan-Vaughn Construction, the joint venture which renovated Kyle Field, thus allowing him to (in small part) build the stadium in which he played.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Freshman All-Americans: Jameis Winston, Myles Jack lead the way". Sporting News. December 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "Dekaney gets revenge, Region II, D-2 championship with 28-18 win over Westfield". Spring Observer. December 3, 2011.
  3. ^ Germain Ifedi Recruiting Profile[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Germain Ifedi". ESPN.go.com. ESPN. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Texas A&M Loses Starting Right Tackle Germain Ifedi". Fansided. November 5, 2014.
  6. ^ "OG - Germain Ifedi - Texas A&M, SEC", NFL.com, retrieved May 8, 2016.
  7. ^ http://draftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=123593&draftyear=2016&genpos=
  8. ^ Condotta, Bob (April 28, 2016). "Seahawks select Germain Ifedi in first round of 2016 NFL Draft". seattletimes.com. Seattle Times. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  9. ^ Condotta, Bob (May 6, 2016). "Reports: Seahawks' first-round pick Germain Ifedi, four others, agree to contract terms". seattletimes.com. Seattle Times. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  10. ^ "2016 NFL Draft first-round signing tracker". NFL.com. May 12, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  11. ^ Gregg Bell. "Finally, rookie "monster" Germain Ifedi will debut on o-line Sunday at Jets". thenewstribune.com. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  12. ^ http://www.nflpenalties.com/all-players.php?year=2017&view=total
  13. ^ "The Seahawks decline Germain Ifedi's fifth year option, so what now?". Field Gulls. May 3, 2019.
  14. ^ http://www.afripol.org/afripol/item/1844-nigeria%E2%80%99s-igbo-americans-drafted-in-america%E2%80%99s-football-teams.html
  15. ^ "Memphis' Martin Ifedi blossoms into leader in sacks". NFL.com. September 25, 2013.
  16. ^ Johnson, Will. "On The Front Lines". 12thManFoundation.com. Retrieved May 8, 2016.

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