Osa Odighizuwa Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

UCLA Defensive Lineman Osa Odighizuwa is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Name: Osawaru ‘Osa’ Odighizuwa 

School:  UCLA 

Year:  Redshirt Senior 

Position: Defensive Lineman 

Measurements: 6’1 5/8ths 282 pounds 

 

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General Info:

Born in Dayton, Ohio. His last name is pronounced O-dig-E-zoo-wa. Has an older brother Owamagbe or ‘Owa’ who played at UCLA and was a drafted in the 3rd round by the Giants in 2015. Attended David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon. He was a three-time state wresting champ in high school and also lettered in track. Redshirted his first year at UCLA to get bigger. Played in all 13 games as a reserve in ’17. Played in 11 games in ’18 and started the last eight games. Started all 12 games in 2019. He finished the season with 46 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss. Started all 7 games in 2020. He finished with 30 tackles and 4 sacks. He shows a decent arm over pass rush move. Owa also shows a rip move as well. Osa is always pushing the pocket, his feet do not stop moving. 

Positional Skills:

Positives: 

A good athlete. He showed his athleticism on a 50+ yard fumble return for a touchdown against Washington. He does have very long 34” arms for his height.  The UCLA graduate has experience lining up all across the line. UCLA also used him in the stunt game and he produced there as well. You usually see arms that long on guys who are 6’4+. The long arms help him disengage from taller/longer blockers because his arms are so long. His wrestling back round shows in his play. He is able to get and use leverage against bigger players. The undersized rusher does show good strong hand usage to get off blockers. He is a good hand fighter as well. The undersized DL is not one the ground very often, he does well to stay on his feet. Osa is able to get up under blockers pads and push them back or to the side. Surprising strength for a guy that is only 280. Very quick, he is able to slip past offensive linemen into the backfield. Odighizuwa is explosive off the snap. He is also a solid form tackler, rarely missed a tackle. He shows on film an ability to get skinny and slip into the backfield. 

Negatives: 

Small at only 280 pounds. So, he has had his struggles against the run and against bigger offensive linemen. He cannot hold up against double teams. Mostly due to his lack of size/anchor. Not much in the way of versatility potential in the NFL mainly again because of his size and skill set.  Probably can’t play 5-tech in a 3-4, he could not play defensive end in a 4-3. You are not going to be able to stand him up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 either. On film he tries to use a spin move, but it’s not effective. He doesn’t show a lot of bend on film. Odighizuwa can get stuck on blockers at times when his first move doesn’t work. 

 

Fit with the Packers:

He is a good athlete for a defensive lineman and his wrestling background really shows in his ability to get low, get leverage and to shoot gaps. He may not get a lot of sacks, but he does affect the passing game but, His fit with the Packers though is not great. He is like a poor man’s Mike Daniels. But Mike was over 300 pounds. At 280 Osa doesn’t have the bulk to play a lot of downs as a 3-4 defensive lineman, especially with so much sub package being used, and the Packers only using 2 defensive linemen a lot of times. He is similar in size to Aaron Donald, but Donald is on a whole other level in terms of speed, agility, explosiveness, and hand usage. His best fit is probably as a sub package 3-tech in a 4-3 for his first year or two while he tries to see if he can put on some weight without sacrificing his athleticism. He does look like his frame may be maxed out so he may just be a career back up type player.

 
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PeteK's picture

April 02, 2021 at 07:41 pm

I still think that Shelvin or McNeil would be very good fits for the Packers because of their ability to eat up blks and remain stout against the run. However, you never know, Grady Jarret is 6' 305.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 03, 2021 at 09:06 am

Mathbomb has Shelvin with a RAS of 1.28. I have no idea if that is an accurate read of his athleticism. He might have been hurt or something. But that's a UDFA score.

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PeteK's picture

April 03, 2021 at 10:28 am

I don't put too much value on RAS , but instead have seen him be a good run defender against very good competition. Yes , he has many concerns, but he's worth a shot in the 3rd/4th round. Overall I would prefer McNeil because he has less concerns .

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HankScorpio's picture

April 04, 2021 at 05:30 am

Looking at history suggests the Packers do consider RAS, or some variation of workout analytics. Which is good because there have been games that suggest the Packers need to get more athletic.

"Very good competition" in college ball is an order of magnitude less than pro ball. By definition, every NFL player is an NFL player. The best college teams might have 10-15 guys go pro. That's just a guesstimate. Football factories like Alabama, Clemson, Oho St might be higher. Still, I can almost guarantee there is not one second of video showing what Shelvin will do against 11 NFL players. IOWs, the vidoe can, and does, lie.

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Coldworld's picture

April 03, 2021 at 11:36 am

Hey, Lancaster’s banging on the door, he had an 8.55 RAS!

1. 28 would be nigh on miraculously bad for a player since it’s based on an average for the position group.

Lancaster’s limitations also show up. Lack of explosive twitch (see jumping and 19 yards—he’s actually not slow over longer distances, his 40 was good after a poor first 10). He is very strong. This is why he’s not bad as a run stuffer and yet not well acquainted with opposing QBs.

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April 02, 2021 at 08:16 pm

Hmmm....Interesting possibility--kind of small, but supposedly a "dense" body with very little fat. Incredible in the weight room with squats and bench presses. I don't really know enough to comment much further, but he seems more of situational pass rusher that who needs to come up with a few more moves to be effective in the NFL. Maybe worth a shot at the end of the third round or early fourth round? Definitely a bit of a project.

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PatrickGB's picture

April 02, 2021 at 10:04 pm

Sounds like his ceiling is not that high and versatility is low. But then I never saw him play so he could be a valuable backup.

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freddisch's picture

April 04, 2021 at 07:54 am

I like O linemen with wrestling backgrounds. They know leverage and how to effectively use their hands. If he has the ability to put on some weight he could be solid contributor.

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