Jeff Otah Scouting Report

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Jeff Otah Scouting Report

Position: OL
Conference: ACC
School: Pittsburgh Panthers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #76
Height & Weight: 6'6 - 332 lbs.
Drafted 1.19 in 2008 by CAR

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Jeff Otah, OL, Pittsburgh

Jeff Otah has been playing organized football for only five years, but in that time he has developed into a serious NFL-caliber prospect on the offensive line. Otah played basketball in high school and lettered twice - only playing football his senior year of high school. He spent two years at Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania and while he had a stellar two-year run there on the court (19 points, 12 rebounds a game), football proved to be his chosen path and it was a wise one. Otah became an immediate starter at left tackle when he got to Pittsburgh, starting all 12 games last season. His senior season has seen his draft stock soar, as he (along with likely first-day selection Mike McGlynn) helped pave the way for 1,000 yard rusher LeSean McCoy. For his standout season he was named a first-team All-Big East selection by the conference's coaches. His most notable performance of the year may have been in a 48-37 loss to South Florida on November 24, when he held USF end George Selvie (second in the nation with 14.5 sacks; first in tackles for loss with 31.5) to no sacks and only two tackles. With his massive frame, he's not going to be easily moved by opposing defensive linemen and he can fit in on either side of the line at his primary position, left tackle, or at right tackle. The fact that he's only been playing football for such a short time shows that he still has a lot of room to develop, which might make him even more of an attractive prospect and might turn some other teams off. But, the fact that he's come as far as he has in only a few years is a testament to his raw ability and potential as an athlete. Otah is being projected as a top-20 pick by a couple of draft services, so he won't have to wait too long to hear his name called. If his adjustment to the NFL goes as well as his adjustments to the previous levels, then it won't be long before he'll be making an impact in the pros. Update (2/28/08): When Otah ran a time over 5.5 in the 40 last Saturday at the combine in Indianapolis, it could have very well raised many an alarm bell and sent his draft stock tumbling mightily. But, his 40 time shouldn't hurt him much (if at all), not only because he's an offensive linemen, but also because he hadn't had a lot of time to get himself ready for the combine -- thanks to a high ankle sprain that he had suffered late in the 2007 season.

Last Updated Feb-29-2008 by Eddie Griffin

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