Name: Joseph Ossai Position: Linebacker
College: Texas Uniform Number: #46
Class: Junior Height: 6'4
Weight: 253 lbs Projected Round: Mid 1st round to 2nd
Even with his tremendous physical abilities, Joseph Ossai maintains a strong work ethic on the field, as he rarely gives up on plays. He is a long, rangy defender, with excellent closing speed when blitzing inside or from the edge. As a pass rusher, Ossai possesses the type of flexibility required to be an effective pass rusher on the outside, and a good arsenal of moves to be an effective pass rusher inside. His versatility affords him the ability to play at multiple spots, including at inside linebacker. High-level quickness and short area agility, able to change directions when needed. His physicality is arguably his strongest attribute; capable of taking on opposing blockers, while employing the pad level required to win one-one battles. Hard-hitting tackler, proficient and pursuing ball carriers and finishing plays in a variety of ways.
Ossai is still very much a raw prospect. Even his diverse skillset, he is still not fully refined. In coverage situation, area awareness is a bit of an issue which will require time to develop. More patience is needed when pass rushing, needs to develop a pass rush plan when his initial attempt fails.