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Draft INSIGHT: Round 1 - DE Jayson Oweh

Another EDGE rusher is needed to compliment Myles Garrett

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 05 Penn State at Rutgers Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A very quick defensive end that possesses a great first step. The 4.36 40 time is not a misprint. Will need some developmental time for at least a season, but will pay off. Oweh will generate good push with the bull rush and has the hand strength to engage bigger offensive linemen. A disruptive force at times. Zero sacks last year but very good run stuffer and can generate pocket pressure.

Defensive end Kwity Paye of Michigan would be the best choice to pair with Myles Garrett, but all resources point to him going in the mid-teens and thus out of Cleveland’s reach unless they want to trade-up in the first-round, which is unlikely.

Oweh is a freakish athlete and a complete player. Simply put, he can get after the quarterback. His run support game is excellent as well as he posted an 81.7 pass-rush grade. Cleveland could use help in both aspects of his game with exceptional speed off the edge.

Draft projection: late first-round or early second-round

Specifics:

College: Penn State

Height: 6’-5”

Weight: 252 pounds

40-time: 4.36

Career Tackles: 63

Career Forced Fumbles: 2

Career Sacks: 7

Career Tackles for Loss: 13.5

Career starts: 20

Positives:

  • Can win from wide angles
  • Raw skills but a hustler
  • Speed rusher
  • Quick and relentless
  • Outstanding in run support
  • Big upside but will need patience
  • Weight room junkie
  • 2020 First Team All-Big 10
  • Very good run stopper
  • Great motor

Negatives:

  • Lacks core and lower body power
  • Will need a year to develop
  • Needs polish
  • Designated pass rusher as a rookie
  • Can be pushed deep into the pocket at times
  • Not a huge sack guy
  • Will over pursue at times
  • Delayed snap response will need to be corrected

Expert Draft Site Analysis

WolfSports.com

Top-tier speed on the edge. Great length with a prototype overall build. Combines elite speed and above-average power. Plays with ideal physicality. Active hands and feet to get off blocks. Good power in his hands to jolt blockers. Very aware and reliable against the run. Rangy tackler. Impressive pursuit with noticeable focus on the target. Phenomenal chase-down speed. Quick to shed the block and make a play. Does a great job playing with controlled speed. Captures the edge on speed rushes. Uses rip move and swipe move. Can cover ground with a jump to beat pass sets. Lacks overall polish as a pass rusher. Plays a bit high in general.