The Giants may have pulled off the coup of the draft by taking UCLA graduate Owamagbe Odighizuwa when he fell to the second day of the NFL Draft and was the 74th overall pick. He was predicted to go late first round or early second round by the great pontificators. There was nay-saying about his health and his ability to mount an effective pass rush. The fact of the matter, as pointed out by IE Angel, is that
If Owa did not have multiple hip surgeries in his time as a Bruin, he would be a top 15 selection. His tape is phenomenal, his frame and physical build are phenomenal. His athleticism is 95% phenomenal outside of his inability to bend around the edge (hip surgeries will do that).
Well, the Giants recognized talent, and chose wisely. The Giants got a Giant (sorry, I just had to).
Congrats @LPJ_Odighizuwa of @UCLAFootball, drafted to the #Giants #NFLDraft #GoBruins #BruinsInTheNFL pic.twitter.com/nVH43uonpw— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) May 2, 2015
Here's a little of what they saw (With thanks to Harris Highlights.) And here's a bit more, with thanks to In My Prime Productions.
We thank Owa for all his contributions on the field while he was here at UCLA, but more than that, we're proud that he got his degree and was a great student.
His teacher told me Owa was one of the most active in class. Just listening to him discuss philosophy was impressive https://t.co/CnavUxxwdf— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) April 30, 2015
All of the best wishes from your Bruin brothers and sisters, Owa. We're confident that you'll succeed, but we're proud of you whether you play a down or not. Who knows how long you'll be with the Giants, but know this, Big Man - You'll always be a Bruin and always be part of our family.
All the best to a great man and Bruin. @LPJ_Odighizuwa #GoBruins #BruinRevolution #NFLDraft @UCLAFootball pic.twitter.com/Xxfg9Ev5s2— uclaluv (@uclaluv) April 30, 2015
He means this:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New York football Giants! I promise to give you everything I have from the day I step foot in the state of NY.</p>— owamagbe (@LPJ_Odighizuwa) <a href="https://twitter.com/LPJ_Odighizuwa/status/594326474879963136">May 2, 2015</a></blockquote>
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