Former Maryland TE Chigoziem Okonkwo is making a positive impression in Tennessee.

The Titans selected Okonkwo with the No. 143 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Tennessee’s tight end room is led by Austin Hooper, who joined the club in March as a free agent.

Hooper, a 2-time Pro Bowl selection (2016, 2019), spoke highly of Okonkwo when talking to the media.

“I like Chig. First of all, Chig is a good guy,” Hooper told reporters. “… He’s young. He’s got energy. He has a willingness to work hard. And I really respect that about him. And another thing, too, he doesn’t have an ego.”

Okonkwo opted for the NFL Draft after 4 seasons with the Terrapins, instead of using the NCAA’s COVID-19 waiver to return for a fifth year. In 2022, Okonkwo caught 52 passes for 447 yards and 5 touchdowns.