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Scouting Profile: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, EDGE, UCLA


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Name straight out a Key and Peele East-West game sketch. 

 

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Vic Beasley, EDGE, Clemson

 

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Mock Draftable web (as an OLB): http://mockdraftable.com/player/4882/position/19/

 

Games watched: vs Virginia, vs Utah

 

The Good: 

 

Athletic freak. Ran a 4.62 at almost 270 lbs. 

 

Explosive off of the line. Does a good job here at firing off the line and blowing up a run play.

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253585&gif=FancyDelayedDingo

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253585&gif=SourSandyDinosaur

 

Here's another play of him (and the other DE) being shot out of a cannon on the snap.

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253585&gif=FearlessDisloyalArgusfish

 

Strong enough to hold his own in the run game. Doesn't get blow off the ball by olineman like a lot of other EDGEs in this class. Has legit bull-rush move to get to the QB. 

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253585&gif=NeglectedOrnateDarwinsfox

 

Makes a cadaver of this olineman on a spin move.

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253585&gif=ImaginaryDimKiwi

 

Please sir may I have another?

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253585&gif=HappygoluckySimplisticAnura

 

Large arms compared to other potential OLBers. 

 

Large and strong enough to kick in to under-tackle in nickel packages. 

 

Good discipline to hold the edge in the run game when it's his primary assignment. (which I guess is most of the time in UCLA's defensive scheme) 

 

Uses his hands well. Swatts away the hands of olineman. 

 

The Bad: 

 

No experience as a stand-up rusher. 

 

Like to see him develop more pass rush moves. A few games in and I've only really seen speed moves, bull-rushes, and a few spins. 

 

Sometimes runs straight up field and creates large running lanes. Can also get rode out of the play by tackles. 

 

Jumps early a lot. 3 times alone in the Virginia game. Managed to get back before the ball was snapped. 

 

Doesn't posses elite lateral agility. Kind of stiff around the edge. Doesn't really bend around the corner, prefers to just blow thorough offensive lineman. 

 

Two surgeries on his hip. Missed the 2013 season. 

 

Where he wins and Conclusion: 

 

Odighizuwa fits best as a DE in a 4-3 defense, but I have no doubt that he could play rush LB in a 3-4. He's versatile enough to play many spots on most Dlines in the league. He is a rare athlete with elite size, strength, and speed. He's not a finished product, but his natural ability alone will make him a factor during his rookie season, even if his technical stuff isn't all there yet.

 

Projected Round: 1st

NFL Comparison: Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG

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I like him a lot.....as  a 4-3 DE......Was thinking for a while he could play in a 3-4 but like you mentioned he is a bit stiff, I'd like to see him drop to the 245-250lbs range which I think would help with his lateral agility and flexibility, I personally don't see him going higher then the 2nd and wont be surprised if he goes in the 3rd, To much of an injury history I think, To raw and the production he had in college shows it.

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I really like this guy. Right now, he is who I hope we take at 29. 

 

He produced against some very good talent in the Pac-12. He could become a great strong side outside linebacker. No one thought Werner would be drafted and yet we took him. Not sure that is great precedent, but given what Grigson said recently about not having enough pass rushers, Owa would seem to be tough to pas up if he is available. 

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Jumps early a lot. 3 times alone in the Virginia game. Managed to get back before the ball was snapped. 

 

Did he jump early against Utah? Maybe it was a strong cadence by the Virginia QB...?

 

Also, that's a strong web that young man has.

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Did he jump early against Utah? Maybe it was a strong cadence by the Virginia QB...?

Also, that's a strong web that young man has.

I'd have to watch again. I actually watched the Utah game first but wasn't looking for it. Noticed it in the 2nd game (Florida).

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