A Patchogue, New York native could see his dreams of anchoring an NFL offensive line position come true as the draft quickly approaches.
Lawrence Omolayo attended Patchogue-Medford High School. During his high school tenure,Omolayo was a scholar athlete and was listed as the most improved player.
Omolayo said, “there’s something about the physicality of the sport that drew me closer than other sports.”
Omolayo made the rightchoice sticking with football because it ultimately led to his success at PaceUniversity. Omolayo made an impact immediately for the offensive line. In 2015, Omolayo saw time in five games and that quickly improved to all 11 games in2016.
However, his senior season was his most dominant season. Omolayo started all 10 games on the offensive line. During his career, Omolayo allowed just three sacks and helped the Setters to the fourth highest rushing yard total in the Northeast-10 Conference.
Ultimately Omolayo reflected on his decision to attend Pace University. “I looked first for which school had a better business program,” Omolayo explained, “then I looked at the culture of the team and if they had a bunch of dogs amongst them, people who wanted to change the program and put in the work day in and day out.”
Omolayo decided to pursue a businessdegree at the Lubin School of Business. But since entering college his eyeshave been set on playing professional football.
“Playing football has alwaysbeen my dream since I was a kid but I didn’t imagine the possibilities untilcollege,” Omolayo said.
Omolayo saw improvements each and every day both on and off the field. Much of his success came from viewing tapes of the former New York Jets lineman, D’Brickashaw Ferguson.
Ferguson was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Virginia. During his career, Ferguson started 160 games and recovered four fumbles. His success led him to three straight Pro Bowls (2009-11) before calling it quits in 2015.
Lawrence Omolayo has impressive form throughout the block as an offensive lineman. He maintains good stability and play recognition which allows him to hold blocks and create gaps for running backs. He also is quite athletic with good lateral speed.