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Owamagbe Odighizuwa | Defensive End

Team: UCLA Bruins
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 270

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Giants selected UCLA DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa with the No. 74 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
Odighizuwa (6'4/267) rebounded from a lost 2013 (hip surgeries) to tally 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks as a 13-game starter last year. A huge (11") and heavy-handed edge presence, "Owa" has earned Pernell McPhee comparisons for his ability to win with brute strength and convert speed to power. A chiseled athlete, Odighizuwa has six-percent body fat and ran 4.62 at the Combine with a 39-inch vertical and 10-foot-7 broad jump. He was also an excellent run defender in the Pac 12. May 1 - 10:11 PM

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ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden believes the way edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa was used at UCLA renders his evaluation difficult.

Odighizuwa played the 4-technique in a 3-4 scheme at UCLA, lining up inside the OT, which "really inhibited [him] as a pass-rusher." In sub packages, Owa lined up a bit wider. "Is he going to be a defensive end or an outside linebacker in the sub packages, or is he going to be a base end?" wondered Gruden. The former coach likes aspects of Owa's game ("...grabbing hold of the tackle, looking for the ball carrier, shedding and making the play") but wonders if he can play on his feet and in reverse. "Odighizuwa is a physical freak, and I want as many freaks as I can get on my team, but Jim Mora is an excellent defensive coach, and if you are playing a 3-4 scheme, why wouldn't you put one of your best athletes outside?" Gruden said. "Maybe his instincts aren't great? Maybe he is not good in reverse? He might not survive in there as a 4-technique."
Apr 29 - 5:57 PM

An NFL scout says UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa has good instincts and strength but wonders "how much better is he going to get?"

Other scouts speaking to the New Jersey Star-Ledger called Owa "tough," "athletic," and said he "plays hard every down," but "needs to learn the game a little better." ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Odighizuwa No. 52 overall. The 6-foot-3, 267-pound Odighizuwa is likely to go high on Day 2. "His pass rush will be the key. If he shows he can get to the quarterback, he's really going to be a good player," a scout said.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 26 - 12:07 AM

UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa "is very similar to [MSU's Preston] Smith in that he is a strong run defender who could play either left defensive end in a 4-3 front or 5-technique in a 3-4 defense," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay ranks Owa No. 52 overall, ahead of the more heralded Mario Edwards Jr. of Florida State (62). We've been higher on Odighizuwa throughout the process and remain so. You simply don't see many prospects who can covert speed to power in this way, and, as a bonus, can play in both even and odd man fronts. We aren't privy to all the NFL's medical information, but you can bet teams will quadruple-check Owa's hip before pulling the trigger.
Apr 18 - 8:40 PM

UCLA edge rusher Owa Odighizuwa is visiting the Saints next week after taking a trip to see the Cowboys, according to Aaron Wilson.

Odighizuwa is a section favorite due to his ability to convert speed to power. He's one of the best edge rushers in this draft class and can fit in both even and odd man fronts. Owa did miss the 2013 season with a hip injury, which is absolutely something teams will factor in.
Apr 10 - 9:24 AM

The Dallas Cowboys are hosting UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa for a visit on Tuesday, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

With Greg Hardy and Jeremy Mincey both not under contract beyond the 2015, the Cowboys could look to the future and bring in quality depth at the position. The 6-foot-3, 267-pound Odighizuwa could be seen as a possible fit, paired with second year player DeMarcus Lawrence.
Apr 6 - 2:54 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis notes that UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa will "flash on tape but then won't pop up again for a while."

"Can he be a force and string together a series of good games? We don't know yet. He sure looks the part, though," Davis wrote. "If he can stay healthy and put it all together, he should be a better pro than college player." Fellow analyst Lance Zierlein compares Odighizuwa to Sam Acho and believes the prospect "has some scheme versatility, but he's not necessarily a versatile player." The 6-foot-3 1/2, 267-pound Odighizuwa "should go in the second-round range," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 1:19 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa to Sam Acho and writes that the Bruin "has some scheme versatility, but he's not necessarily a versatile player."

The analyst believes Owa can play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker, but he's more "unit fit than talented player" due to his mediocre lateral agility. "His marginal pass-rush skills and average athleticism could stunt his draft stock," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-3 1/2, 267-pound Odighizuwa "should go in the second-round range," ESPN's Todd McShay thinks, but the prospect himself said he's been hearing Round 1 rumblings. "He's not Courtney Upshaw, but he could be used kind of like that. I can see him playing in both 4-3 or 3-4, but he can't be counted on as a pass rusher and you have to know that he will be limited to just being a run stopper," said AFC national scout.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 12:08 AM

Seahawks GM John Schneider told Peter King the team has only graded 16 prospects as first-round talents in the 2015 class.

The information was divulged in the Jimmy Graham/Max Unger deal. "But because he has only 16 first-round grades on this year’s class and the Seahawks pick 31st, he thought Graham plus a four for center Max Unger and what was to Schneider essentially a "two" was fair," King writes. 16 might sound like a small number, but teams typically have around 20 prospects labeled as first round talents due to scheme and "culture" fits. This class might lack consensus top end talent, but the depth in the second and third rounds is there.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 12 - 10:40 AM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney predicts UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa will go "probably in the first round of the draft."

The analyst added that he hopes Odighizuwa can stay healthy in the pros, as we all do. "Everything has checked out. I'm good to go. Obviously, they saw the surgery in my hips. I did MRI earlier this week to make sure they saw what they needed to see. The range of motion is good and they were real impressed with everything," Odighizuwa said. The 6-foot-3 1/2, 267-pound Odighizuwa recorded a 1.62 10-yard split on his 4.62 forty at the combine. He added a 39-inch vertical, 10'7" broad jump, 7.36 second 3-cone and 4.19 20-yard short shuttle.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 11 - 9:13 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that the "only aspect of [UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe] Odighizuwa's draft evaluation that could keep him out of the first round is long-term durability concerns."

"He was considered as a mid-to-late first round pick by NFL teams prior to the draft process with the one caveat being his medical reports," Brugler wrote. Odighizuwa auditioned in both DE and LB drills at the Bruins' pro day and "attracted a lot of attention," according to the analyst. The 6-foot-3 1/2, 267-pound Odighizuwa "should go in the second-round range," ESPN's Todd McShay thinks, but the prospect himself said he's been hearing Round 1 rumblings. So have we. He's either going to go at the end of Round 1, or get scooped up early on Day 2.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 11 - 2:21 PM

UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa said he's been told his stock is in the "first-round area."

"I've got a lot of feedback and it's all been positive, first-round area," Odighizuwa said. "I'm just trying to increase (my stock) as much as I can. It comes down to showing versatility and athleticism and everything that teams want out of a defensive end and outside linebacker-type." After the AJ McCarron draft prediction fiasco, we have vowed never to listen to a prospect's report on what they're hearing again. That said, it wouldn't be a shock if Odighizuwa broke into the last few picks of the first stanza. He's a unique prospect, and unique prospects need only one strong voice in their corner to transcend draft day expectations.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 10 - 11:05 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench believes UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa "projects as a second-round pick because he is strong against the run, has a nonstop motor and has above-average upside as a pass-rusher."

"There are concerns about Odighizuwa's durability that stem from him missing the 2013 season and undergoing surgery on both hips," the analyst noted. "He had a strong senior season, but his production -- 12.5 career sacks -- hasn't quite matched his talent." The 6-foot-3 1/2, 267-pound Odighizuwa recorded a 1.62 10-yard split on his 4.62 forty at the combine. He added a 39-inch vertical, 10'7" broad jump, 7.36 second 3-cone and 4.19 20-yard short shuttle. Both of those jumps ranked in the top five of his position group. "His explosiveness stood out on his jumps," Muench wrote.
Mar 8 - 8:57 PM

UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa "should go in the second-round range," ESPN's Todd McShay thinks.

"He's more of a left defensive end type at 6-4, 267 pounds," McShay wrote. "He looks the part, with huge hands and long arms; he's completely shredded. He doesn't have elite explosiveness, and that was on display with his runs, but his vertical and broad jumps were both very good." The 6-foot-3 1/2, 267-pound Odighizuwa, a national top-20 player coming out of high school, recorded a 1.62 10-yard split on his 4.62 forty at the combine. He added a 39-inch vertical, 10'7" broad jump, 7.36 second 3-cone and 4.19 20-yard short shuttle.
Mar 3 - 10:08 PM

One AFC National scout does not believe a team can rely on UCLA EDGE Owamagbe Odighizuwa for pass rushing productivity.

"He's not Courtney Upshaw, but he could be used kind of like that," the scout begins. "You have to know that he will be limited to just being a run stopper." We are shocked to read this. Owa converts speed to power better than most in this class and also wins while lining up inside. There is a history of hip injuries, but Owa has a lot of talent.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 12:22 PM