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Victor Ochi Scouting Report, OLB, Stony Brook, 2016 NFL Draft

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You may not know who he is now, but he's a pass rusher with a wicked first step.

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Introduction

Hometown: Valley Stream, New York
High School: Valley Stream Central High School
Injuries/Discipline: Nothing of note.

Measurables

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 244lb
Class: Senior
Projected 40 Time: 4.71

Stats

2015: 47 tackles, 16.5 for a loss, 13 sacks
2014: 57 tackles, 16.5 for a loss, 11 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
2013: 33 tackles, 10 for a loss, 5.5 sacks
2012: 45 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, 3 sacks

Positives

• Good speed
• Uses his hands well
• Great motor
• Turns the corner with speed
• Good pursuit ability
• Great motor
• Loves football
• Great punch
• Sets the edge well in the run game
• Tough and physical, loves to hit
• Has long arms which help in pass rush and keeping blockers off him.
• His dad is a "diehard" Jets fan.
• Natural leader
• Elite acceleration

Negatives

• Doesn't have elite size
• Faced FCS competition.
• Can play a little square.
• Doesn't drop into coverage very much.
• Needs to get off the snap better
• Draws too many offside penalties.
• Needs to develop pass rushing skills.

Conclusion

It's really easy to completely overlook smaller school prospects. They played against inferior competition, if they didn't dominate you're not interested, if they did, you just brush it off as a player dominating others who won't even sniff NFL action. That's fair enough, and it's always a legitimate concern for any small school prospect. However it would be a mistake to not at least look at prospects from more humble football beginnings.

Ochi is an undersized 3-4 OLB in my books. He doesn't have the ideal height you'd want for the position and at 241lb's, he's hardly a mauler either. However he has a lot of talent, and when you consider he came to football very late, the progress he has already made is worth our attention. He went into local Stony Brook and worked his tail off until he was the best player on the field. When teams dedicated extra blockers to him in 2015, he had a career year.

When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, everyone looked for those big physical secondary players. Imitation after all is the sincerest form of flattery. Now the Broncos have taken claimed the Lombardi trophy, teams will be looking to replicate their dominance on the edge. Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware are the hot topics and the Jets desperately need to improve their pass rush from the edge.

I'm not saying that Victor will be anywhere close to their standard, but he has some raw talent that can be coached up. He's also likely going to be available from rounds 5 through 7. He got invited to the Shrine game and he made plays in practice all week. He's one to watch, he's a local boy and he could do be an interesting project for the Jets.

Don't get me wrong, he still has a lot of work to do. However I love that first step acceleration, if anyone watched the Shrine game, they saw him burst off the edge for a big sack, make tackles in pursuit and constantly pressure the opposing QB. He has a lot to learn, but he has the mental make-up to learn it. Will he become the first Stony Brook player ever to be drafted? I think so, and I think he'll make a name for himself in the NFL. I want that to be with the Jets.

Draft Grade: 65

90-100 = Exceptional Talent
80-90 = Impact Player
70-80 = NFL Starter
60-70 = Solid NFL Potential
50-60 = Draftable - Lot of work needed