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Owamagbe Odighizuwa | Defensive End

Team: UCLA Bruins
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 270

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UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa continues to play at a high level, according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.
Odighizuwa missed the 2013 after undergoing two surgeries on his left hip, but he offers hand use and straight-line speed and power off the edge. Weidl specifically points to Odighizuwa's Utah tape, noting the defensive end's "explosive upper body" and "high energy." Oct 9 - 10:57 AM

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UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa "looks at full health" this year, notes ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

"Explosive and powerful," Weidl noted. Odighizuwa missed the 2013 season due to a pair of surgeries on his left hip. His return has been lauded by more than one draft expert as a triumphant success. Odighizuwa, noted for his long arms, directly used those gangly limbs to contribute to the Bruins' first score of the season when the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder deflected Virginia QB Greyson Lambert's second quarter pass. The ball floated into CB Ishmael Adams' hands, and Adams scampered into the end zone.
Sep 10 - 8:08 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline expects UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa to "continue to rise up draft boards."

"I raved about Odighizuwa prior to the 2013 season but a hip injury sidelined him the entire year," Pauline wrote. "Against Virginia he looked as dominant as ever. Odighizuwa offers a terrific combination of athleticism, quickness and explosion. He was constantly behind the line of scrimmage disrupting the action and was omnipresent all game long. Expect Odighizuwa to raise his play as the season progresses and continue to rise up draft boards." The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Odighizuwa has long arms, good balance and agility, and an explosive style. Pauline recently compared him to former Tennessee Volunteer and New York Jet Shaun Ellis.
Sep 3 - 6:16 PM

UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa "helped his NFL stock" in Saturday's win over Virginia, CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote.

Odighizuwa missed the 2013 season due to a pair of surgeries on his left hip. His return was a triumphant success, as Odighizuwa was involved in two of UCLA's three defensive touchdowns in the first half. "Scouts love pass rushers with long arms and the 6-foot-3, 270 pound Odighizuwa showed why, reaching over Virginia left tackle Michael Mooney to graze the football as starting quarterback Greyson Lambert delivered a second quarter pass," Rang wrote. "The ball floated over its intended target and into the hands of cornerback Ishmael Adams for the Bruins' first score of the season. Roughly 10 minutes of play later, Odighizuwa forced a quick throw from Lambert that Kendricks picked off to give the Bruins a commanding 21-3 lead. Odighizuwa showed good balance and agility to spin back inside on the play to threaten Lambert after consistently beating Mooney off the edge with a combination of burst and power."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 1 - 4:08 PM

TFY Draft insider's Tony Pauline believes he may have undervalued UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa with a preseason Round 3 grade.

"Still early but love what I'm seeing from Odighizuwa," Pauline tweeted on Saturday. Odighizuwa recorded 44 tackles in 2012 and was regarded as a rising prospect, but sat on the sidelines in 2013 with a hip injury. "When I watched Odighizuwa last summer I was blown away," Pauline wrote in late July. "Much of the talk understandably centered around Anthony Barr yet many stamped Cassius Marsh as the Bruins top defensive line prospect. Odighizuwa sat on the sidelines in 2013 with a hip injury yet scouts rightfully gave him high grades moving towards the 2014 campaign. He reminds me of former Tennessee Volunteer and New York Jet Shaun Ellis in that he plays with an explosive, strong and athletic style."
Sep 1 - 1:38 PM

TFY Insider's Tony Pauline compares UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa to former New York Jet Shaun Ellis.

Pauline allotted Odighizuwa a preseason Round 3 grade. "When I watched Odighizuwa last summer I was blown away," he wrote. "Much of the talk understandably centered around Anthony Barr yet many stamped Cassius Marsh as the Bruins top defensive line prospect. Odighizuwa sat on the sidelines in 2013 with a hip injury yet scouts rightfully gave him high grades moving towards the 2014 campaign. He reminds me of former Tennessee Volunteer and New York Jet Shaun Ellis in that he plays with an explosive, strong and athletic style." Odighizuwa's draft stock is dependent on his ability to prove he's healthy again.
Jul 27 - 7:24 PM

TFY Insider's Tony Pauline allotted UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa a preseason Round 3 grade.

This should be considered positive news for Odighizuwa, who missed all of last season with a hip injury. Odighizuwa recorded 44 tackles in 2012 and was regarded as a rising prospect. Odighizuwa's draft stock is obviously dependent on his ability to prove he's back to 100-percent.
Jul 13 - 9:39 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl mentioned UCLA senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa as a notable name returning from injury.

Arizona receiver Austin Hill and Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips also received a mention. Odighizuwa missed all of last season with a hip injury, while Hill missed a large portion of action last year while recovering from an ACL injury in the spring of 2013. Phillips underwent surgery to repair a "chronic back issue."
Jul 3 - 12:57 PM

Despite losing multiple pieces to the NFL, draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah praised UCLA's defensive front heading into the 2014 season.

Jeremiah did not name names, but we will. Most notably, we are excited for the return of edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa, who missed last season with a hip injury. Defensive tackle Kenny Clark, a younster, as well as rising star Myles Jack are two other Bruins worth watching. Be sure to keep inside linebacker Eric Kendricks, Mychal's brother, in mind this season.
Jul 1 - 12:20 PM

UCLA senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa will miss the 2013 due to a hip injury.

Bruins coach Jim Mora said Odighizuwa wasn't "physically or emotionally" prepared to play after undergoing two surgeries on his hip. Odighizuwa first underwent surgery after UCLA's Holiday Bowl victory. He was forced to go under the knife again after spring practice. Odighizuwa recorded 44 tackles last season and was regarded as a rising prospect. Draft insider's Tony Pauline recently ranked Odighizuwa as a better draft prospect than teammate Cassius Marsh.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 01:16:00 PM

Despite UCLA senior Owamagbe Odighizuwa's hip injury, draft insider Tony Pauline ranks the DE over teammate Cassius Marsh.

Pauline notes this is the opposite of some NFL evaluators. Odighizuma is "much more athletic, quicker faster and versatile" than his defensive end counterpart. First reports stated Odighizuwa would miss the season, but recent news stated he could return for the first game. Don't solely lock on to Anthony Barr when watching the Bruins, as these two have NFL talent.
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 12:49:00 PM

UCLA DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa's hip injury is not as serious as initially expected, and the senior has a chance to play in the school's opener against Nevada.

Initial reports stated Odighizuwa "had a torn rotator cuff in his hip, but it now appears the hip was just "frayed," which means a recovery time of just two to three months," per CBS Sports. Odighizuwa had been considered the replacement for NFL-bound defensive lineman Datone Jones.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, May 21, 2013 10:43:00 AM

UCLA senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa will miss the 2013 season after undergoing hip surgery on Tuesday.

He will still have a season of eligibility remaining in 2014. Odighizuwa was expected to take over for first-round draft pick Datone Jones at defensive end. The Bruins still have talented pieces on that side of the ball, however, the loss of Odighizuwa is significant.
Source: LA Times
Tue, May 14, 2013 04:14:00 PM