Joe Ostman

Central Michigan
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Prospect Info

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Central Michigan
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Senior
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Weight
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6' 3"
255 lbs
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Prospect Grade

5.47
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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Ostman didn't get picked up by Big Ten schools as a high school star linebacker and tight end in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He was also a three-time state wrestling champion, a positive flag that NFL scouts take seriously. Ostman was the only true freshman to play for the Chippewas in 2013, playing in all 12 contests at defensive end and on special teams (20 tackles, 1.5 for loss, two pass breakups). He moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore, earning third-team All-MAC notice with 60 tackles, 10 for loss, and three sacks. Unfortunately, a left ankle injury cost him all but three games of the 2015 season (11 tackles, sack). Ostman bounced back strong as a redshirt junior, however, landing team Co-Defensive Player of the Year and second-team All-MAC honors with 69 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks using underrated athleticism, a killer spin rush move, and his relentless nature to attack the ball. He continued to gain accolades as a senior, garnering first-team All-MAC notice with 69 tackles, 20.5 for loss and 14 sacks, as well as four forced fumbles in just 11 games (he missed two with an injury). He ranked in the top five nationally in tackles for loss and sacks per game.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
Overview
Ostman combines impressive hand work with optimal leverage and play strength to unleash game-long challenges against his competition. However, it will be much tougher to succeed with his linear playing style against longer, stronger competition in the NFL. Ostman may lack desired size attributes but he has enough working in his favor to give him a shot at making a team as a backup 3-4 outside backer with special teams value.
Strengths
  • Never skips weight sessions
  • Frame is tapered with heavily muscled limbs
  • Hands are efficient but violent
  • Fires stiff jab and locks it out when setting the edge
  • Sees past blocks in front of him and responds to the action
  • Consistently productive tackler
  • Plays at his top speed
  • Uses chops and swipes for quick wins around blocker's punch
  • Hands and feet are in-sync allowing for sudden edge attacks
  • Works under and through edge blocks with powerful leg drive
  • Has winning spin-move
  • Effort as secondary rusher is high
  • Pinballs from block to block without getting stuck
  • Bursts to the ball
  • Posted 21 sacks over last two years and forced eight fumbles over career
  • Explosive tester who impressed with power and quickness and his pro day
Weaknesses
  • Built upside-down with stubbly legs and long torso
  • Upfield rush strides are extremely restricted
  • Tightly bound, face-up rusher who will always struggle to create optimal angles for himself at the top of the rush
  • Agility is lacking
  • Looks awkward and forced when trying to string rush moves together
  • Not a natural counter rusher
  • Can be engulfed by mass when blockers get into him first
  • Doesn't have the lever length to manipulate NFL tackles at point of attack
Sources Tell Us

"He's got those short legs like a penguin, but don't let that fool you because he will outwork most of the guys across from him. I would love to see what his fitbit step count is during a game. That guy is constantly moving and chasing and hustling." -- AFC team scouting director

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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