Babatunde Oshinowo  DT  Stanford

Strengths

This kid is the best interior defensive lineman in this draft.  He has really long arms and very long legs, yet he still carries over 300 lbs on his frame and doesnít look overweight.  Babatunde is very quick off the snap and keeps his legs moving all the time. The only way you can block this kid is to double team him or cut-block him.  He can be used as a nose tackle in a 3-4 or as a DT in a 4-3. Babatunde in a one-gap system is very disruptive and in a two-gap system, controls the middle.  He is the most complete DT that I have seen come out in the draft in a long time.

 

Needs to Improve

What can I say?  He plays in the Pac 10, so he isnít very well known!  They know who he is on the west coast, but on the east coast, he isnít well known.

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND   1

The closer we get to the draft, the more I donít see how this kid will not be picked in the first round.  He will help a team right away and will definitely reinforce your run defense the minute he hits the field.  He is very smart, so your defensive playbook is not going to be a problem.  He is quick enough to play as a DE or Nose guard in a 3-4.  His athleticism is good enough to fall off the line into the passing lanes too.  For me personally, I would list Babatunde as the first DT to be taken in this draft.  However, as you all know, Robís list is the one we go by and because he has an 80% accuracy rating in listing where a player is taken in this draft, then thatís good enough for me. Iíll go by his list.  Personally, I think he is a top twenty pick and I think the only reason heís not being talked about is his name is too long to pronounce.  My advice to you is to learn how to pronounce his name and learn it fast because he is a force to be reckoned with.  Babatunde (The Force) Oshinowo has the heart to go along with his talent, strength, size and quickness.
by Drew Boylhart

THR

December 2005