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PFF Lists Colts as ‘Favorite Landing Spot’ for Penn State Edge Jayson Oweh

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 05 Penn State at Rutgers Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

According to PFF, the Indianapolis Colts are the ‘favorite landing spot’ for Penn State edge Jayson Oweh—among the 2021 NFL Draft’s top defensive line prospects:


Indianapolis’ edge unit ranked 25th in pass-rushing grade this past season, and the team’s two most productive players at the position, Justin Houston and Denico Autry, are hitting free agency. The Colts need a fresh young face to play wide nine along their defensive front, especially considering at least one of either Autry and Houston will depart and neither 2018 second-rounder Kemoko Turay nor 2019 second-rounder Ben Banogu has shown much to get excited about. Look no further than Jayson Oweh, a man with absurd explosiveness.

The former Penn State Nittany Lion reportedly ran a 40-yard team in the low 4.3s. Now, we all know to take that with a grain of salt, but watching the tape, it wouldn’t be surprising if the 6-foot-5, 252-pound edge defender pulled it off. Oweh’s get-off is truly remarkable.

The physical tools are clearly there with Oweh, but the pass-rush toolbox and production to back it up are not. He did look like a completely different player against the run this past year, raising his grade in that facet from 59.5 in 2019 to 89.7 in 2020, but he was inconsistent as a pass rusher.

Oweh carved up Indiana’s tackles in his season-opener for 10 pressures. He then proceeded to record just 10 pressures over the next six games combined, and those same Indiana tackles would go on to produce some of the worst pass-blocking grades in the FBS.

That said, Oweh’s tools are too good for Indianapolis to pass up. With the right coaching, he can be a monster in the NFL. He’s worth the risk.

The 6’5”, 252 pound redshirt sophomore defensive end recorded 38 tackles (20 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, and a pass defensed during 7 starts for the Nittany Lions in 2020—earning First-Team All-Big Ten honors from the conference’s coaches.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah currently ranks Oweh as his 33rd best prospect overall, having fallen six spots recently:

33. Jayson Oweh

Penn State · Edge rusher · Sophomore (RS)

Oweh is a long, lean-muscled edge rusher. He is more disruptive than productive on 2020 tape. As a pass rusher, he explodes out of his four-point stance and flashes an effective chop/rip and an occasional up/under move. However, there are too many snaps where he doesn’t have much of a plan. He does have the ability to bend at the top of his rush and collected a lot of QB hits on the tape I watched. He didn’t have any sacks to show for it in 2020, though. He plays too high against the run, but he uses his length to press out tackles and set the edge. He will get washed by down blocks when aligned inside. Overall, Oweh is an intriguing talent with his best football ahead of him.

Here’s what else they’re saying on Oweh:

It’s no secret that the Colts will heavily be in the market for a long-term answer at edge—maybe adding two pass rushers when it’s all said and done—whether it’s in this year’s NFL Draft or through free agency.

Both of this past year’s veteran defensive end starters Justin Houston (32) and Denico Autry (30) are free agents and are not locks to be re-signed—while the Colts could use an infusion of youth, speed, athleticism, and bend regardless coming off the edge.

While Indianapolis has some young developmental pass rushers in the stable, 2018 second round pick Kemoko Turay, despite flashes earlier in his career, hasn’t shown he’s fully recovered from a season-ending ankle injury he suffered early in 2019.

Meanwhile, 2019 second round pick, Ben Banogu, was a healthy scratch down the stretch of this past season and needs to take a significant leap forward in 2021.

Oweh made a greater impact than his sack total output indicated, and he’s the type of raw, ‘toolsy’, athletic pass rusher that the Colts could look to take a chance on during ‘Day 2’.