Like Father, Like Son

The New York Football Giants have always been a family-based organization. Now you can add the DeOssies to the list. With their fourth-round pick, Big Blue selected Brown outside linebacker Zak DeOssie. His father, Steve, spent 13 years in the NFL, including five with the Giants.

"I broke down right when it happened," Zak DeOssie said. "My old man was right next to me. I'm just ecstatic. I can't believe I'm in New York. My whole family is going nuts. I couldn't be happier."

"There was such excitement around here," Steve DeOssie added.

DeOssie, 6-5, 250, is much more athletic than his father, having racked up 315 tackles, 10.5 sacks and four interceptions during his four-year Brown career. He figures to play on the strong side for the Giants. Ourlads Scouting Services compares him to Bill Romanowski and states that he excels in pursuit.

"He's a thoroughbred and I was a Clydesdale," Steve DeOssie said.

Giants GM Jerry Reese likened DeOssie to the rest of his class thus far – a team-oriented player.

"He had an outstanding workout at the combine," Reese said. "He's the biggest linebacker we discussed. He is 6-4 and 250 pounds. And he runs fast. His best time at the combine was 4.58. He has size, speed and great character. We think we got a good player here, a productive player."

Not surprisingly, his father thinks he'll be up to the task.

"Zak's always at the front of the line when something needs to be done," Steve DeOssie said.

Despite DeOssie playing at Brown, which hardly has a high level of competition, New York was obviously not overly concerned.

"I know the Ivy League stereotype is there," Zak DeOssie said. "I just have to ignore it."

The younger DeOssie shares one specialized talent with his old man – long-snapping. Steve said that Zak taught himself the fine art and that the old man just "tweaked" a few things. Zak took over those chores for the Bears last season and might make expendable Ryan Kuehl, the most dependable of snappers that was re-signed this offseason.

"I certainly focused on it my senior year," DeOssie said. "It's a great asset to have."

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