Greg Gabriel: Old Dominion EDGE Oshane Ximines a hot name in NFL scouting community
We seldom learn about top small school prospects until after the season is over and word leaks out about how high some of them are on NFL Draft lists. One such player who was basically an unknown to much of the public before the season began but has always been high on NFL scouts’ lists is Old Dominion’s senior DE Oshane Ximines.
In the eyes of the NFL scouting world, Ximines is a very hot player, and multiple high-level decision makers from across the NFL have scouted him this fall. Why? Because he possesses the traits that every NFL club is looking for ... pass-rush ability!
Coming out of high school, Ximines was a low level recruit who was not offered by bigger schools. He was an undersized defensive end who was being recruited by the likes of Charlotte, Appalachian State and Old Dominion, as well as FCS-level schools. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2014 and has been a starter ever since.
Ximines is a program guy who has worked hard and improved every year as he has gotten bigger and stronger. He is listed as being 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, but he is probably closer to 6-4. Ximines is a very good athlete with quick, smooth change of direction, excellent flexibility and body control and a quick burst. He has a very quick first step and shows his speed and burst coming off blocks. I would estimate that he will run in the 4’6s when he gets to the Combine. Though he isn’t the biggest guy at about 255, he has very long arms, which allows him to play with leverage.
Ximines is a smart player who reads and reacts quickly and has very good instincts. Watching tape, I seldom see him get caught out of position. In the run game he plays contain very well and doesn’t get caught inside vs. outside runs. Though he isn’t the biggest guy, he plays with strength and power and doesn’t get knocked off the line of scrimmage. Like many small school guys, he still needs technique work, but for the most part he uses his hands well against college offensive linemen.
The strong part of Ximines games is rushing the passer. Through eight games this season he has 8.5 sacks and 13 tackles, plus an interception and another nine QB hurries. For his career he has 29.5 sacks.
Ximines usually plays on the left side, but he will line up on the right on occasion. He has very good snap reaction and initial quickness. With his long arms he can keep blockers off his body, and he has the dip and bend to stay low as he is coming off the edge. For a small school guy, he has a variety of moves — he can go wide, bull rush, start outside and come back to the inside, among others. His hand use is good. In pursuit he chases the ball with hustle and has the speed to catch plays from behind.
The best comp I can come up with from the 2018 draft is Texas San Antonio’s Marcus Davenport, who went 14th overall to New Orleans last April. Ximines doesn’t have the height and bulk that Davenport has, but he has equal production. Ximines will probably be at the Senior Bowl, and how he plays against better competition will have a lot to say as to where he gets drafted. With his size and athleticism he can play end in a 4-3 or be a 3-4 outside linebacker who rushes the passer. I can’t currently say he is a lock first-rounder, but he won’t get out of the second. If he continues to play the rest of the season like he has to date and does well at both the Senior Bowl and Combine, then he will go high.