Even with the roster moves Les Snead has made, the Los Angeles Rams need more depth at the edge position. With the 2019 NFL Draft being one of the strongest defensive classes in years, adding an edge rusher the first or second day could solidify the position for years to come. This makes Oshane Ximines a great prospect for the Rams to take a look at. Ximines is prospect from Old Dominion University, which plays NCAA Division I football in Conference USA. If the Senior Bowl is an indication, he could potentially be an everyday starter in the NFL.
College stats and honors:
2018: 58 tackles, 12 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss and 4 forced fumbles.
Career: 176 tackles, 33 sacks, 51.5 tackles for loss and 11 forced fumbles. All are Old Dominion University records.
Honors: Holds school record for sacks in a season with 12 (2018), first player from Old Dominion to ever be invited to the Senior Bowl, two-time Conference USA First-team Defensive End (2017 & 2018).
When thinking about Ximines, the word “consistent” comes to mind. As a pass-rush specialist, he’s constantly getting into the backfield. His career stats above are evidence of what he’s capable of. He went six-consecutive games with at least one sack this past season. Ximines is 6’3” and 253 pounds, which means he possesses the frame suitable for an NFL edge rusher.
Ximines’s NFL Combine stats are solid across the board. He didn’t show elite abilities, which no one expected him too. He ran a 4.78 40-yard dash and benched 225 pounds 24 times. While those numbers aren’t eye popping, they were good enough to solidify his potential as an eventual starter in the NFL.
Ximines also has great technique with his hips and shoulders. His ability to bend is what gets him under blockers to beat them. He also has an impressive spin move. Though he is not the fastest guy on the field, he is quick enough to draw attention. He uses that in unison with his technique and smarts to be the effective edge rusher he has shown to be.
From the Rams point of view, one weakness is adjusting to the edge position in a 3-4 defensive front. We simply do not know what he will look like in that position. He’s strictly been a defensive end in a 4-3 defense with his hand in the dirt. The transition to standing up would add a learning curve for Ximines. He has the intelligence to learn the position, but would he be effective in executing it on the field is the question. Coming from a small conference is an issue as well. He didn’t compete against a top talent pool, especially when comparing to other edge players in this draft like Montez Sweat. The talent he faced is why he is seen as a day two prospect.
Expected Draft Round:
Ximines is expected to be drafted on day two, so either round two or three. As of now, the Rams have picks at numbers 31, 94 and 99. Ximines will definitely be available to the Rams. It just depends on how the Rams feel about him. Snead can either trade back into the second round and receive more draft capital, from 31. They can also use 94th or 99th overall picks to grab him. Ximines will definitely add quality depth to any team he plays for.
Source: Old Dominion University Sports