2018 Raiders Draft Profile
Name: Joe Ostman
School: Central Michigan
Weight: 254 pounds
Projected Round : 6-7
Pass Rush Technique
From the snap, Ostman never stops movement. As a result, he is able to put lineman on the heels with a mix of power and handfighting. Despite weighing roughly 250 pounds, Ostman generates force that stands up blockers, rendering them useless during the play.
To his credit, Ostman will bring a quick spin into play. At times, he will use it to defeat a chip or combo block. On the other hand, he will not overemphasize it. Instead, Ostman digs into his bag of tricks to keep blockers guessing.
Unlike most rushers, Ostman attacks the run with purpose. He quickly diagnoses gaps and run patterns. Under those consequences, Ostman pushes tackles back into the play, forcing the runner to make a decision.
This is not a dominant part of Ostman’s game. Although he closes adequately, Ostman will not streak past tackles. At this point, his speed limitations are not an issue since he constantly flows toward the ball.
Perhaps the best aspect of Ostman’s rush is the power generated from his bull rush. Granted, Ostman can ragdoll a blocker, if needed, the nuance to his power stands out. Instead of just bulling, he will free himself from engagement and redirect himself toward the play. Plus, he does not barrel into tackles without reason.
As mentioned, Ostman’s strength is a foundation of his game. When he hits, opponents feel it. Yet, he does not attempt the wipeout play. Ostman uses his hips and shoulders in concert to secure a stop. The play stop upon impact.
If you have watched Reggie McKenzie’s drafts, you know that he loves takes chances on small-school pass rushers. From David Bass to Christo Bilukidi, the Raiders continue to hit on a lower-round prospect. However, Ostman is a plug and play end. Meaning, he can slide into an end rotation that lacks prowess outside of Mack and Irvin. Ostman gives the Raiders unquestioned effort, toughness and a nose for the quarterback. His production and film paint the portrait of an end that could wreak havoc on passing downs.