Obinna Eze
No. 65 – Detroit Lions
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1998-06-12) June 12, 1998 (age 24)
Height:6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight:325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school:Davidson Academy
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Practice squad
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Obinna Eze (born June 12, 1998) is an American football offensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Memphis and TCU.

Early life and high school

Eze migrated to the United States in 2015. Initially a basketball player, he did not start playing football until arriving in the US.[1]

College career

Eze was a highly-ranked OT recruit, and received scholarship offers from many SEC schools.[2][3] He eventually committed to Memphis prior to his senior year of high school.[4]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 6+12 in
(1.99 m)
321 lb
(146 kg)
36+18 in
(0.92 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
5.17 s 1.79 s 3.01 s 5.00 s 8.01 s 27.5 in
(0.70 m)
8 ft 8 in
(2.64 m)
18 reps

Eze went undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft, but was signed on May 13, 2022 ahead of Lions training camp. His quest to make the 53-man roster, along with other players', was featured on the HBO television show Hard Knocks.[7] During the 2022 preseason, though not starting, he appeared in 31 snaps against the Falcons,[8] 22 snaps against the Colts,[8] and 23 snaps against the Steelers.[9]

Eze was waived on August 30, as part of final roster cuts, but signed to the practice squad the next day.[10][11][12]

Personal life

Eze's parents still live in Nigeria. He has four siblings.[3] He is married to Yasmeen Eze.[7]


  1. ^ Barnes, Evan. "Detroit Lions, former Memphis OL Obinna Eze praises Tigers football on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'". The Commercial Appeal.
  2. ^ "Obinna Eze, TCU Horned Frogs, Offensive Tackle". 247Sports.
  3. ^ a b "Obinna Eze - 2020 - Football". University of Memphis Athletics.
  4. ^ "Davidson Academy's Obinna Eze commits to Memphis". The Tennessean.
  5. ^ "Obinna Eze Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  6. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Obinna Eze, Texas Christian NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  7. ^ a b Pouncy, Colton. "Episode 3 recap: Obinna Eze's bounce-back, Craig Reynolds' progress". The Athletic.
  8. ^ a b[bare URL PDF]
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  10. ^ "Detroit Lions roster cut tracker: Who didn't make the 53-man roster?". August 29, 2022.
  11. ^ "The Official Site of the Detroit Lions".
  12. ^ Rogers, Justin. "Lions bring back 13 players for practice squad". The Detroit News.