Will Ossai is an inside linebacker from San Jose State University. He had a very productive senior season, captaining the Spartans’ defense all year. Ossai recorded 76 tackles, 10.5 for loss, two sacks, and four pass deflections. He is a do it all style linebacker. Despite his success, the Spartans, unfortunately, finished 2-11 in 2017. The Colts’ linebacking play was awful last season, so there is room for someone like Ossai to step up and take a roster spot. Now, let’s get into the interview by FPC Colts editor, Ben Pfeifer.
Pfeifer: We all know that the draft process is long and arduous. What were your expectations going into the draft process and did it exceed your expectations?
Ossai: The expectations I set for myself were high. I knew going into the draft process, I was projected to go undrafted, and I wanted to change that. Unfortunately, I fell short, so no I didn’t exceed expectations but it just makes me grind harder. I’m my biggest critic.
Pfeifer: I love it. Ok now, what would you consider your greatest strength that will help you thrive in the NFL?
Ossai: My greatest strength I think is just how versatile I am. I can play the run, drop in coverage, and can play special teams. Also, I’m a great teammate and selfless; always put the team first.
Pfeifer: Being versatile is so important for a linebacker in the NFL. What would you consider your greatest weakness that you will need to improve on in the NFL?
Ossai: For me, I think I need to improve my pass rushing. It wasn’t something I did a lot in college even though I played outside linebacker. I was in coverage the majority of the time.
Pfeifer: The Colts switched to a 4-3 defensive scheme this offseason, putting even more emphasis on playmaking linebackers. Do you have any experience in this scheme and how do you think you will adjust to the Colts’ defensive scheme?
Ossai: I have some experience playing in a 4-3 and I think this defense fits my skill set. Adjusting to the defense I don’t feel will be a problem for me, I’m a fast learner and football is football at the end of the day. The terminology might be different though.
Pfeifer: Have you talked with any of the other rookies or Colts players thus far?
Ossai: I haven’t yet but excited to meet them come rookie minicamp and get to grinding.
Pfeifer: Thank you so much for your time. We wish you the best of luck.
Ossai: Man, appreciate you. Thank you.
FPC Colts wishes all of the best for Will Ossai as he heads into the NFL, whatever team he may end up on. Follow him on Twitter here.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.