Teams looking for a defensive end with plenty of room to grow will take a long look at Jayson Oweh in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. An impressive athlete who is still relatively new to playing football, Oweh showed enough growth and development in his three seasons at Penn State that he will likely hear his name called on Day 2 of the draft, if not sooner.
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Jayson Oweh Draft Profile
College: Penn State
All the tools are there for Oweh, a latecomer to football who has the length, strength and explosive athleticism to become a dominant edge rusher. He’s an easy mover despite his long frame, and his power comes naturally; he has the upper-body strength to rock offensive linemen back and the twitch and overall suddenness to change gears and blow past them before they can recover. He showed improved hand usage, and his hand strength allows him to rip through blockers with violence. He’s a flexible athlete who corners tightly when he beats his man, flattening to the quarterback. Despite going without a sack in 2020, he was regularly in the opponent’s backfield.
Oweh is raw after just one full season as a full-time player at Penn State, and he could stand to come up with a better game plan in his pass rush. He also must become better against the run, where he can be slow to read and react.
The upside is exciting, and there’s enough in Oweh’s college tape to believe his floor will be as a quality rotational lineman on passing downs.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round
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