Iowa State (2020), Oklahoma St. (2020), TCU (2020)
Ossai possesses a relentless motor and plays through the whistle. He has a knack for being involved on every tackle. He has terrific lateral agility and can work down the line to chase down ball carriers. His lateral agility and speed make him dangerous, when he stunts and shoots gaps. He has a nasty inside swim move that creates a direct lane to the quarterback. He is a violent tackler, who lays the lumber every chance he gets. He utilizes his long arms to his advantage in creating leverage and getting his hands in the passing lane. He is extremely versatile. He can line up with his hand in the dirt or stand up. He showed promise, when he dropped back in coverage.
Ossai is slow off the line of scrimmage. He lacks the ideal reaction time needed at the NFL level. He too often allows blockers into his body. As a result, he struggled to get off blocks and was often driven out of the play or into the turf against NFL caliber tackles. His balance is concerning and is often falling or getting washed out when trying to set the edge. He is raw and only has one year of experience as an edge rusher. His pass rush arsenal is limited. He struggles at times, when dropping into coverage.
Ossai’s switch from inside linebacker to the edge has launched him up draft boards. However, he only has one year of experience playing the edge and is still very raw. His inexperience at the position allowed for NFL caliper tackles (Teven Jenkins) to bury him in the run game, where he struggled to set the edge. This being said, Ossai offers a lot of upside and potential as an edge defender. He is a gifted athlete who has terrific lateral agility and speed. He is effective lining up with his hand in the dirt or standing up. He already possesses a nasty stutter step inside swim move. Ossai’s motor and relentless effort to find the ball is what makes him special. He brings the pain when tackling quarterbacks. This paired with his motor equals big plays and turnovers. Ossai will need to work on being a better run defender and polish his pass rush skills at the next level. The team that can draft him and develop him, could have an absolute stud on their hands.
Ossai is a gifted athlete. He has incredible lateral agility and speed, that allows for him to work down the line of scrimmage and chase down ball carriers. He has good flexibility, when dipping and ripping. He flashed being an extremely explosive player in the backfield. He has decent play strength, but needs to get stronger to square off against NFL tackles. He does not have good balance and is often falling or being washed out on the edge.
Pass Rush Ability:
Use of Hands
Pass Rush Moves
Big Play Ability
Ossai lacks first step quickness at the snap of the ball. He does a good job utilizing his hands in the passing lanes, but needs to utilize them more as a pass rusher to create more leverage. He has an excellent swim move as well as a nasty stutter step dip and rip move. He has incredible finishing ability and is always a threat to cause a turnover.
Against The Run:
Ossai struggles to set the edge, because he allows blockers into his body and is too often off balance. The same goes for his stack and shed ability as he struggles to get off sustained blocks. He has excellent range and gap shooting ability. His speed and agility allows for him to shoot gaps and get into the backfield quickly. He is a violent and punishing tackler.
Set the Edge
Stack and Shed
Gap Shooting Ability
Ossai is an extremely high motor guy, who will do whatever it takes to find the ball. See ball...Kill ball. He is very disruptive and create turnovers at anytime. Although, he finds himself getting driven back or washed out, he continues to fight to the whistle. A true testament to his toughness.
Ossai at times struggles to find the ball and or the ball goes by him undetected. He struggles recognize run plays, but this is due to his inexperience. He is extremely versatile. He can line up with his hand in the dirt or standing up. He also is a nasty blitzing inside linebacker as well.