Oshane Ximines has captured a lot of NFL Draft attention despite the lack of NFL pedigree that playing for a program like recent-FBS-addition Old Dominion carries. Ximines was named to the 2018 Conference USA First-Team, and he was also the first Old Dominion football player in the school's history to receive an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl. Ximines finished the 2018-19 season with the fifth-most sacks in the FBS (12.0), breaking his own school record for most sacks in one season for the third consecutive year.
The five-year ODU product also notched 18.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and 58 total tackles in his final collegiate season in Norfolk. He posses excellent hand techniques, utilizes a number of counters and rips to get to the passer, which should help him transition to the competition he will see next year in the NFL.
Oshane Ximines Highlights
Oshane Ximines Draft Projection
Early-to-Mid Second Round
Oshane Ximines Draft Predictions
Oakland Raiders (No. 35), Washington Redskins (No. 46)
The Oakland Raiders have needs all over the defensive side of the ball, but they also have four of the first 35 overall picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. If Oakland uses the No. 4 overall pick on a star defensive standout like Quinnen Williams, they could look to double down and take a risk on a high-upside player like Oshane Ximines in the second round. AfterWashington acquired Case Keenum via trade, the Redskins might pivot to reinforcing their defense in this year's draft. Especially as the Redskins wait to see how Alex Smith recovers before committing to a new young quarterback. Washington could also be looking to replace 26-year-old edge rusher Preston Smith, who is due for a new contract that would likely rival the cost and longevity of adding a second-round pick like Ximines.
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