NAME: Oshane Ximines
SCHOOL: Old Dominion
JERSEY: No. 7
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 247 lbs
PROS: NFL caliber athlete in terms of size, power, and quickness — has a profile more advantageous to 3-4 OLB over 4-3 DE, though likely can offer positive traits at both. Has very active hands when attacking half-man tracks: incorporates a two-handed swipe, club/rip, and arm over. Hands arrive with good force and he can create shock displacement with two-handed stab. Handwork especially impresses when taking the inside track, which he does frequently. Grip strength when engaged seems solid.
Has good lateral quickness to attack half-man on offensive tackles. Plays with balance and body control necessary to execute counter moves and adjust rush plans according to OT set and QB depth; has great recognition abilities in this regard. Has some bend to flatten and finish after clearing hands.
CONS: Bend does not seem to be elite off of available tape, which is limited in terms of high-caliber opposing talent. Will widen unnecessarily around the outside track and may struggle with physical nature of dipping shoulder and ripping tight through contact to take shortest route through quarterback. Willingness to dip shoulder and rip through present, however, when stunting/slanting to the inside track — likely more a technique issue than an aversion to physicality.
Does not have a great anchor and seems a bit light in the pants. Will get blown off the ball by double teams and will lose ground to down blocks when looking to anchor. Best running game plays come when slanting into inside gaps as a penetrator. Lacks high-level NFL burst off of the snap to regularly win first contact or immediately threaten outside shoulder, which may cap ceiling.
– Benjamin Solak