Not long after his teammate Samuel Cosmi was selected by the Washington Football Team with the No. 51 NFL Draft, Longhorn’s pass rusher Joseph Ossai became the second Texas player to be inducted into the No. 69 overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night .
The Bengals are now adding Ossai to a Front 7 in dire need of help with the pass rush after finishing off as one of the worst teams in the NFL in terms of print and sack production last season.
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Born in Lagos, Nigeria and based outside of Houston, Texas, the top recruit was an academic standout for the Longhorns with an emphasis on physical culture and exercise. Ossai started two of 14 games as a freshman and started all 13 games in the sophomore year.
Ossai first came to the US after his parents won a visa lottery at the age of 9 or 10 and brought him and his four siblings to start a new life of opportunity in the US.
On the field, Ossai had a seasonal shoulder injury that he played through with a harness that essentially left him one-armed until she healed enough for her 2019 bowl game.
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In 2020, he injured his left shoulder again and continued playing while wearing the harness again.
Ossai, the 2020 Longhorns defensive team captain, handles the media well and is known as a simple guy with personal responsibility and a true team-first guy with high character traits.
You can check out NFLDraftBible.com’s full scouting report on Ossai below:
After spending a lot of time in an off-ball role for the Longhorns early in his career, Ossai found a home as a supporter of Jack, which caused a lot of chaos. This versatility will appeal to NFL teams who could use it in a variety of ways.
Ossai plays with burning hair and shows a lot of physicality and effort behind the border. He is a energetic gamer who has released a stellar backfield production on campus in his last two years.
Ossai is a formidable athlete who is distinguished by remarkable explosiveness and flexibility for the position. As an edge setter, he’s super physical with heavy hands to work against opposing tackles.
Its bend is surprising to a player who has spent so much time as an off-ball linebacker. It’s cut a little high and lacks the change of direction you’d want on the second level for a team that prefers it off the ball.
Ossai is far from a finished product, which is what inspires many teams about how it can develop. With future improvements, Ossai has a chance to be a big disruptor at the next level.
With his combination of explosiveness, physicality and curvature, he has the chance to belong to the top 50 of the overall selection.
Since Ossai and Cosmi are no longer on the board, it remains to be seen which of his Longhorns colleagues will start next on the second day. Names like Caden Sterns, Ta’Quon Graham and Sam Ehlinger are still left.
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