For a few weeks, Devine Ozigbo struggled to get into a rhythm out of the backfield for Nebraska, but when he finally busted out of a slump, he became one of the more productive ball carriers in the B1G.
Ozigbo completed his 2018 season with 1,082 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Huskers finishing the year 4-8. He rushed for over 100 yards in four of the final seven games of the season, including a 162-yard, three-touchdown performance against Illinois on just 11 carries.
Those numbers and his combination of power and speed wasn’t enough to earn Ozigbo a trip to the NFL Scouting Combine, and it appears the Nebraska running back took it personally.
During his pro day, Ozigbo impressed scouts with his showing, as well as his stature. His 40-yard dash time was clocked in around 4.54 seconds and he put up 19 reps on the bench press (225 pounds). Ozigbo also posted a 37-inch vertical jump.
And when it came to the measurements, Ozigbo was listed at just an eyelash under 6 feet and weighed in at 233 pounds.
Per NFL Draft analyst Tony Pauline, there were a few teams that were impressed by Ozigbo’s pro day workout, as well as his stature.
“Ozigbo, who looked very good in drills, is drawing interest from the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers,” Pauline wrote.
Ozigbo’s 2018 campaign was a breakout season. Though he had played a role in Nebraska’s offense the previous two seasons, he never hit 500 rushing yards in a single season and had just four 100-yard games.
In four years with the Huskers, Ozigbo totaled 2,203 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also accounted for 488 receiving yards.
Ozigbo may not work his way into one of the top five or 10 running backs available in this year’s draft, but he could be an absolute steal for the right team. He’s already proven himself at pro day and his getting the attention to get his shot in the NFL.