When the offseason of 2019 began, the Cleveland Browns running back room was solid. Nick Chubb had a hell of a rookie year, coming up just short of 1,000 yards despite not starting the first five games of the year and Duke Johnson, whose reps took a hit, still remained reliable and productive. They added Kareem Hunt into the mix too despite a suspension looming over his head. What a backfield right? Well it was too good to last long because reports are now surfacing about Duke Johnson’s desire to be traded. It is disappointing news, but not that surprising with the thought of losing even more reps to Hunt when he is allowed to suit up.
With that situation being on the fence (Cleveland doesn’t have to trade him), they may start looking to the draft for a replacement if they decide to grant Johnson his wishes. One kid to look at is Devine Ozigbo, who has already had a pre-draft visit with the Browns.
So, who is this kid and where did he come from? Ozigbo spent four years at Nebraska and cashed in a pretty successful career. He played a minor role as a freshman, but that role increased every season he was with the team. As his role increased so did his attempts and production. By the end of his senior year at Nebraska, Ozigbo turned 419 rushing attempts into 2,196 yards. Do the math and it comes out to 5.2 yard average. He also reached the end zone 21 times, 12 in his senior year alone.
The running back displays similar vision and patience to Le’veon Bell. He allows blocks to develop before making his move. Additionally, he has good balance, lateral quickness and start/stop ability that allow him to change direction at the drop on a dime. Not only is Devine a respectable runner, but he can be a receiving threat too and his 49 receptions for 488 yards proves that. He should be able to create extra yards vs soft zones just like Duke Johnson does.
Pro Day: Height: 5’11” Weight: 222 lbs 40-yard dash: 4.54 sec Vertical Jump: 37″ Broad Jump: 10’4″
Check out some of his highlights and let me know what you think.