Newly drafted Giants defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa is currently partaking in the Giants Rookie Minicamp along with the other fellow rookies. The former UCLA Bruin feels that he fits the ideal mold for what the Giants are looking for from a defensive end and is excited to make an impact on the field.
“I feel like my skill set is definitely fitting for that type of defense, so I am excited about it,” noted Odighizuwa. “I think it is going to be great for me and I am going to bring a lot to the defense. Working hard every day and staying versatile and staying coachable.”
Odighizuwa also noted his strong admiration for the Giants 4-3 scheme, employing a pass-rusher friendly environment. The third round pick also talked about his initial affinity towards the Giants and how he always felt that the G-Men produced the best defensive ends in the league.
“Honestly it sounds crazy, but I watched a lot of defensive linemen and particularly the Giants defensive line,” Odighizuwa noted. “I always felt like they were the best in football for a very long time. From Justin Tuck, to Osi Umenyiora, to [Michael] Strahan obviously and [Mathias Kiwanuka]”
The defensive end also praised Jason Pierre-Paul, who he hopes to line up next to come week 1. The former Bruin also stated that his interest peaked in professional football in 2011 when the New York Giants once again defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 46. If Odighizuwa can contribute to the Giants in the fashion of any of the aforementioned names, the Giants will be getting a lot of value out of their third round pick.
In addition to following up with learning about the organizational greats at his position, Odighizuwa commented that during the rookie minicamp he has been taught a lot about the rich history of the Giants organization. He has already begin learning the foundations of the defensive playbook and coach Spagnuolo’s scheme.
“They have just been teaching us the basics of the defense and a little bit of the history,” Odighizuwa said. “It is pretty awesome how much history this organization has.”
Overall Odighizuwa appears to be perfectly molding to the Giants’ core values and organizational ideals. The third round pick feels right at home and is eagerly learning more about the team that drafted him each day.