Dallas Cowboys: Grading Jerry Jones’ 2021 draft class

Micah Parsons, Penn State (Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
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Osa Odighizuwa, Dallas Cowboys
Osa Odighizuwa, UCLA Bruins (Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports) /

Scouting Report. 836. UCLA 6'2 282 LBS. OsaOdighizuwa (75). 3. player. Pick Analysis. DT

The more defensive linemen, the better, right? That is what it appears Jerry Jones believes. Drafting UCLA interior lineman Osa Odighizuwa means the Dallas Cowboys spent three picks this year and three picks last year on defensive linemen.

He stands undersized at six feet and two inches tall but boasts average strength with 25 reps of bench pressing 225 pounds. The lineman is explosive with an impressive first couple of steps. He had a 10-foot broad jump, 31.5-inch vertical, and 4.44-second shuttle time.

Year-over-year, Odighizuwa improved as a pass rusher, steadily increasing his sacks total in each season from 1.0 to 4.0 from 2017 to 2020. The same goes with his tackles per game, rising from 2.1 to 4.3.

He had at least five tackles for a loss of yards each season, capping at 10 in 2019. The gradual improvement of his game every season is a positive as he will likely continue to do so in the NFL.

A long-term project at defensive tackle is what Osa Odighizuwa is. His frame is overcompensated by him continuing to play until he hears the whistle blow.

The three-time state wrestling champion can play all along the defensive line but must avoid getting overpowered by offensive linemen. He will compete to be the third defensive tackle and can even get some snaps on the outside.

Grade: B