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Scouting The Draft: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA

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Today we take a look at a very disruptive D-linemen that could make a big impact at the next level.

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Introduction

Odighizuwa played 4 years of high school ball in Portland Oregon. He was rated the number 8 national prospect, and the number 2 DE prospect by Rivals.com. Odighizuwa played in the U.S. Army All-American game, and played well. In addition to playing football, Owamagbe also lettered in basketball.

In 2010, as a freshmen, Owamagbe started in 6 games, and made the Pac 10 All-Conference team. In 2011, Odighizuwa played in all 14 games and was an honorable mention for the Academic team. In 2012, Odi played in all 14 games once again. He managed to finish the season tied for 9th in tackles for the team. In 2013 Odi sat out the whole season with hip surgery. The damage was not very severe, and made a full recovery. In 2014, Odighizuwa started in all 13 games, and names the Bruins' Co-Captain. Odi was selected to the Second-team All-Pac-12 selection by the coaches.

Measurables

Height: 6'3"

Weight:267

Class: Senior

40 Time: 4.62

Stats

Year Tackles TFL Sacks Passes Broken Up QB Hurries
2014 59 11.5 6 4 1
2012 44 6 3.5 3 0
2011 21 3 0 0 0
2010 11 4 3 0 0

Positives

  1. Has the size Bowles likes
  2. Can rush while standing up or with hands in the dirt
  3. Has tremendous strength
  4. Is quick for his size
  5. Uses his hands well
  6. Plays with decent pad level
  7. Plays with anger
  8. Very competitive
  9. Plays well against the run
Negatives
  1. Doesn't have ideal bend
  2. Doesn't have great pursuit speed
  3. Might be a liability in coverage
  4. Had a season ending hip injury
Conclusion

Owamagbe is a very strong edge defender. In week one I turned on the UCLA game wanting to see Kendricks in action, and was impressed with big DE. He seemed overwhelming to whoever was blocking him. Right off the snap, Owamagbe would be on his blocker, and have him on skates. Right now I have Odighizuwa going in either the late first or early second. If we don't go edge guy in the first, Odi would be great addition in the 2nd for the Jets. He has the size and skills Bowles will love. He reminds me of Sam Acho, which is someone Todd has intimate knowledge of.

Draft Grade:83

90-100 = Exceptional Talent

80-90 = Impact Player

70-80 = NFL Starter

60-70 = Solid NFL Potential

50-60 = Draftable - Lot of work needed

>50 = Undraftable, - Long Shot To Stick