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Jon Asamoah
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At a game in Denver in November, 2010.
No. 73     Kansas City Chiefs
Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-21) July 21, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Matteson, Illinois
High School: Park Forest (IL) Rich East
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68
Debuted in 2010 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Games played     46
Games started     32
Stats at NFL.com

Jonathan Yao-Lante Asamoah (born July 21, 1988) is an American football offensive guard for the Kansas City Chiefs. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Asamoah was considered one of the top interior offensive linemen for the 2010 NFL Draft.[1][2]

High school careerEdit

Asamoah attended Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois, where he was a two-time first-team SICA Green All-Conference selection and helped the offense to gain over 3,100 rushing yards. He was an All-State selection by the Chicago Sun-Times, and an All-Midwest Region selection by PrepStar.

Considered a two-star recruit by Rivals.com,[3] Asamoah was not ranked among the nation's best offensive linemen prospects in 2005. He originally committed to Northern Illinois, but reconsidered his choice after he received an offer by Illinois.

College careerEdit

In his initial year at Illinois, Asamoah played in five of the last six games of the season at offensive guard as a true freshman. In 2007, he started at right guard in all 13 games and was in on 991 offensive plays. He recorded 80 knockdowns, blocking for 2007 Big Ten Player of the Year Rashard Mendenhall, who later was a first-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.

In his junior season, Asamoah was part of an offensive line that has helped the Illini rank first in the Big Ten in total offense (448.3) and pass offense (274.5) and second in scoring offense (30.4) through 11 games.

In 2009, Asamoah was listed at No. 5 on Rivals.com′s preseason interior lineman power ranking.[2] He was also named to the 2009 Outland Trophy watch list.[4]

Professional careerEdit

2010 NFL DraftEdit

Sports Illustrated noted he "lacks great bulk but is a solid run blocker." Asamoah was selected in the third round, 68th overall, by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the highest selected Illinois offensive lineman since Brad Hopkins in 1993.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in 305 lb

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Asamoah started one game in the 2010 NFL season. It was a game against the Buffalo Bills. The next season, Asamoah started all games of the season.

In 2013, he is expected to compete with Geoff Schwartz for playing time at guard.[6]

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