Devine Ozigbo

Nebraska

Prospect Info

College
Nebraska
Hometown
Class
Sachse, TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
222 lbs
31”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.46
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

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The Huskers nabbed Ozigbo from Texas, where he was an All-District pick as a senior. While he did not start as a true freshman in 2015, he managed to contribute as a rusher (38-209-5.5, one TD) and receiver (5-62-12.4). His workload increased in 2016 (97-412-4.2, five TD rushing; 5-100-20.0 receiving), starting 1 of 11 games played but fought an ankle injury throughout the year. Ozigbo then led the Huskers in rushing his final two seasons. He started just 3 of 10 games in 2017 (sitting out the first two games per the coaches' decision) but paced the team with 493 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 129 carries (3.8 average) and caught 16 passes for 123 yards (7.7 average). Ozigbo saved his best for last, garnering honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a senior after running for 1,082 yards and 12 scores on just 155 totes (7.0 average). He also set career highs with 23 receptions for 203 yards (8.8 average).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5
NFL Comparison
Robert Turbin
Overview
Intriguing, one-year wonder with size and speed to catch the attention of NFL evaluators. Ozigbo is an explosive, downhill runner with adequate vision and above-average power, but he's a one-speed runner who might need a more nuanced approach on the next level. Ozigbo's senior tape and impressive traits could be enough to land a role as an NFL backup.
Strengths
  • Big back with bruising frame
  • Thick from hips to knees
  • Drives upfield with powerful strides and surprising burst
  • Passionate running style
  • Speed to the corner can invalidate pursuit angles
  • Had touchdown runs of 40, 60, and 66 yards in 2018
  • Hugs interior run lanes to avoid unnecessary traffic
  • Maintains his balance through aggressive cuts
  • Absorbs contact without being knocked off his feet
  • Low pad level carries him forward when finishing
  • Legitimate pass-catcher with ability to man the slot on empty sets
  • Effort to square and stay connected to blitzers in pass protection
Weaknesses
  • One-year wonder with chunks of production coming against lesser defenses
  • Had 41 carries for 170 yards and 0 TDs vs
  • Michigan, Ohio St., Wisconsin and Iowa combined
  • Impatient profile as a runner
  • Will outpace pulling guards rather than setting up blocks
  • Excessive gather steps to make a downhill cut on wide flowing plays
  • Revs motor and struggles to tap brakes to make cuts on second level
  • Long strides make it tough to escape early traffic
  • Tape is filled with punishing collisions
Sources Tell Us

"I had him alive as a triangle prospect (height, weight, speed) who we might look at as an undrafted (free agent), but he really helped himself with how explosive he was and how hard he ran (in 2018)." -- Area scout for NFC team
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league