Isn't overly explosive when asked to turn the corner either and can routinely be sealed and pushed past the play. Needs to continue to mature as a pass rusher, doesn't use his hands well initially off the snap and isn't real violent when trying to disengage through contact.
Has the ability to shoot the C gap inside, keep his pad level down and work his way into the backfield vs. the inside run game. Displays a good motor, works hard from the backside and has decent closing range when trying to close the backdoor in pursuit. However, possesses only average instincts when asked to find the football, will take false steps on the edge and lacks the kind of power to routinely fight his way off blocks. Can too often easily be sealed away from the action and struggles to fight his way off blocks in a timely matter.
Impression: An undersized defensive end who plays too upright as a pass rusher to consistently be able to disengage from blocks, turn the edge or play with power. Has never been real productive at the college level and doesn't seem fluid enough to rush off the edge as a 3-4 outside backer."
Positive: Undersized yet athletic college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker in a 34 alignment. Plays with good lean, keeps his pads low to the ground and works his hands to get off blocks. Resilient, displays a good head for the ball and stays with the action. Fast off the edge, keeps his feet driving on contact and very competitive. Technically sound and fluid moving about the field. Has a quick burst to the action which he can turn on a single step.
Negative: Lacks bulk and easily handled at the point of attack. Often reverts to running around blocks rather than meeting them head-on.
Analysis: Ozougwu has been a consistent defender at Rice and offers enough skill to get consideration as a pass rush specialist/outside linebacker that stands up over tackle in the NFL."