by Ryer Gardenswartz
5’ 11” 222 lbs.
115 atts, 1,082 yds, 12 TDs
It is hard to dismiss Devine Ozigbo’s size when first watching tape. He has a bruising body that looks poised to handle the rigors of the NFL, especially on the inside. In Nebraska, he had a breakout senior year where he more than doubled his production as a junior. He became attuned to Scott Frost’s scheme and used his patience and vision to break off big runs. He generates a lot of power when running and is constantly moving downhill. Ozigbo is able to break arm tackles and uses a low pad level to fall forward. Despite his size, he does still have the ability to turn the corner and beat defenders with his speed. He is also surprisingly shifty along the line and has decent short area agility to make defenders miss.
There are concerns about his production. He looks like he might be a one-year wonder that was able to take advantage of lesser defenses. He also runs at one speed and might be lacking the extra gear, which is critical at the next level. It will be interesting to if his speed will be able to beat faster NFL players, especially on the edge. Once he gets moving in the right direction, his lateral speed begins to suffer which limited his ability to make the second cut in the second level.
Ozigbo’s blend of speed and power should be enough to convince a team to take a chance. His senior year tape is strong and displays his patience and vision as a runner. He will need to become a more nuanced runner and learn to vary his speeds. Overall, he seems slated to be a late round pick, but has the potential to become a steal if he is put in the right zone rushing scheme.