Saints schedule visit with defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa from UCLA. The visit is scheduled after he visits with Dallas. He is also scheduled to visit with the Eagles. Odighizuma has garnered praise for his persistent run blocking and his ability to pass rush. His measureables are definitely a plus. His medical history does raise a flag though.
Strengths: Provides consistent disruption from right defensive end position. Scouts love pass rushers with long arms and the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Odighizuwa has that trait, despite limited sack numbers. Combination of burst and power to beat tackles to the outside, and has shown good balance and agility to spin back inside. In the Bruins’ versatile 3-4 base defense, his main responsibility is to seal the edge and play the run, using his length and power to occupy blockers to help plug run lanes and give the other rushers a chance to disrupt the pocket. On some passing downs, Odighizuwa does stand up as an edge rusher and has a chance to show off his skill-set as a pass rush threat, using his natural bend and athleticism to beat blockers in space. Can beat tackles inside with good initial quickness and a powerful bull rush. When moving inside, quickly slips past guards to pressure the backfield.
Weaknesses: Two surgeries on his hip that required sitting out the 2013 season will require thorough medical checks. Pass rush arsenal is still a work in progress. Lacks the explosive burst off the edge or nifty change of direction expected of a first-round pick.
Compares to: Everson Griffen, Minnesota Vikings — Like his former cross-town rival, Odighizuwa is an extraordinary athlete with a muscle-packed frame, an explosive first step and the power to hold up in the running game. Griffen dropped to the fourth round due to questions about his consistency at Southern Cal. Odighizuwa’s concerns are medically-based, though if teams red flag him, he could see a similar slip on draft day.