By: Hussam Patel
Joseph Ossai is the consensus First team All-American, and a long prospect who has a rare combo of speed and power. He's just scratching the surface of his ability, which is scary. Ossai possesses great size, and his athletic ability and explosiveness is evident. He can be an Off-ball Linebacker in a 3-4 scheme or an edge rusher in a 4-3 scheme.
At Texas, he struggled to become both, but found his calling as a Stand-up rusher in a 3-4 and 4-3 scheme. Coming off the edge, he wins not only with his big time explosiveness, but also his understanding of how to win and maintain leverage.
He has a good anchor, has no issue walking offensive tackles back into their backfields, and can collapse running lanes as he drives his feet. He can get parallel in run support and is ferocious in pursuit of the ball carrier.
Ossai is raw in pass coverage, and could be used as an occasional dropper in coverage, but not all the time. When asked to play zone, it proves to be his key weakness, and he would not be an ideal fit going man to man against faster RBs and TEs.
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