New Nose Tackle Has Something to Prove

New Cleveland Browns nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo is one of the most intriguing players in this year's draft class. Thought of as a day one pick, the Stanford engineering major slipped to the sixth round. Despite being thirty pounds lighter than Haloti Ngata, Oshinowo feels he can compete at a similar level. Fred Greetham talked to "Baba" and has the story...

New Nose Tackle has Something to Prove

BEREA – For new Browns nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo, there's not a lot of difference between he and Haloti Ngata—other than about 169 slots in the draft and 36 pounds.

The Ravens traded up one spot with the Browns to grab Ngata, while the Browns took Kamerion Wimbley and then selected Oshinowo with the pick they received from the Ravens in the sixth-round (181st overall).

"In my mind, we're on the same level," Oshinowo said. "I feel like he's an amazing talent that attracts a lot of coaches, but I feel like if put in the same situations that I can do just as good a job as he can."

Both players played in the Pac-10—Ngata at Oregon and Oshinowo at Stanford.

"I feel like we're the same caliber player," Oshinowo said. "I honestly feel that, but the only thing I can do to prove that is to go show it. I want to show that I can succeed at this level. I want to be a great player."

Oshinowo said he doesn't feel as though he's at a disadvantage because he was drafted in the second day.

"I don't feel as though I've lost my opportunity because I was drafted in the sixth round," he said. "I feel very much like I can fill the void."

Another difference is the size of the players. Ngata is listed at 6-4, 338 pounds, while Oshinowo is at 6-1, 302 pounds.

The Browns are expected to ask Oshinowo to put on some weight, possibly to put him in the 320-pound range.

"I'll work with the strength coach and formulate a plan to get to where I need to be," he said. "I can definitely get bigger than I am if the coaches ask me to."

The Browns signed Ted Washington as an unrestricted free agent and he's listed at 365 pounds. Washington is penciled in as the starter, but the Browns are hoping Oshinowo might emerge to be the replacement for Washington some day. He'll battle Ethan Kelley for the backup spot in training camp.

"I can learn from the things (Washington) does well," Oshinowo said. "It's cool because he's been doing it for 15 years. I can learn from watching even if he didn't help me."

Oshinowo came away from his first pro minicamp learning several things.

"I had pretty good technique at Stanford, but any technique I thought I had, when you go to this level, it's not good enough."

Oshinowo should have no problem adjusting to the mental part of the game as he was an electrical engineering major at Stanford and All-Academic Pac-10.

"I'm looking forward to meeting all of the vets," he said. "I just want to be part of the team."

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