One of the more interesting defensive ends in this year’s class is the hard to pronounce Owamagbe Odighizuwa. The former UCLA Bruin seems to be rocketing up some people’s draft boards, so I decided to take a closer look. After reviewing five of his games against Virginia, USC, Utah, Texas, and Arizona State, it was clear the skill set he brings to the NFL could greatly improve the team that drafts him. Here are my thoughts:
DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA 6’ 3” 267 lbs.
Cons: Although the aftermath did not show on the game tape I viewed, the former Bruin had hip surgeries in 2013, which caused him to miss that entire year. This injury could affect his performance a few years down the road and sap his fluidity. Once Odighizuwa comes out of his stance in pass rushing situations, he can get tunnel vision on the quarterback and tends to over pursue while getting too high in his stance.