2018: 14 games. 20 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF
2019: 13 games. 90 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 ints (24 yards), 1 FF, 1 pass break up
2020: 9 games. 15 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 3 FF, 1 FR, 1 pass break up
Accolades. 2020 First team All-Big 12, 2020 Consensus First team All-American
History. Four-star prospect from Conroe, TX. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, his family moved to Texas when he was 10 years old. Prepped at Conroe Oak Ridge, where he was All-State Honorable Mention as a Senior. Played safety as a freshmen at Conroe High School before transferring to Oak Ridge as a sophomore. Also played basketball in high school, soccer and track as a youth.
Strengths: Good size and build. Great length and uses it. Great get off. Explosive player (logged a 41.5″ vert and 10’11” broad at his pro day). Great lateral ability. Good bend. Can convert speed to power. Powerful hands. Does a good job keeping himself clean, with his long arms. Versatile, who has spent time at both stand up linebacker and on the edge. Good tackler, who brings the pop. Never quits on the play, and will chase down plays that aren’t even relatively close to his side of the field. Motor that runs hot.
Weaknesses: Still learning his craft as a both, a pass rusher and a run defender, on the edge. Still slow to diagnose. Can be overaggressive at times. Can get gobbled up by overpowering linemen (see Teven Jenkins matchup).
Overview: Ossai has the versatility to play as a defensive end in a 40 front, but he’s an outside backer in a 3-4. He checks all the boxes, size, length, athleticism, and he’s got a hell of a motor running. He’s a plug and play starter from the get go, and will be one of the better players on a defense in no time.
Evaluation based on. TCU 20′, Oklahoma St 20′, Texas Tech 20′
Draft Projection. 1st Round
Draft Grade. 6.27
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