Odafe Oweh

American football player (born 1998)
American football player
Odafe Oweh
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Oweh with the Baltimore Ravens in 2021
No. 99 – Baltimore Ravens
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1998-12-15) December 15, 1998 (age 25)
Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:257 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Blair Academy (Blairstown, New Jersey)
College:Penn State (2018–2020)
NFL draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 31
Career history
  • Baltimore Ravens (2021–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:99
Sacks:13.0
Pass deflections:1
Forced fumbles:6
Fumble recoveries:3
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Odafe Jayson Oweh (/əˈdɑːf ˈw/; born December 15, 1998), is an American football linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State and was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early years

Of Nigerian descent, Oweh was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, on December 15, 1998, and attended Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey.[1] He was selected to play in the 2018 Under Armour All-America Game.[2] Oweh committed to Penn State to play college football.[3]

College career

As a true freshman at Penn State in 2018, Oweh played in four games and had two sacks.[4][5][6][7] As a sophomore in 2019, he played in 13 games with one start and had 21 tackles and five sacks.[8] He recorded 38 tackles, including six tackles for a loss, in the 2020 season.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+78 in
(1.95 m)
257 lb
(117 kg)
34+12 in
(0.88 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.37 s 1.59 s 2.59 s 4.20 s 6.90 s 39.5 in
(1.00 m)
11 ft 2 in
(3.40 m)
21 reps
All values from Pro Day[9][10]

2021 season

Oweh was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round (31st overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft, which they previously obtained in a trade that sent Orlando Brown Jr. to the Kansas City Chiefs. Soon after the draft, Oweh announced that he would be going by his first name Odafe instead of his middle name Jayson, which he went by in college to avoid confusion regarding the pronunciation of his first name.[11] He signed his four-year rookie contract, worth $12.6 million, on June 10, 2021.[12]

Oweh got his first career forced fumble and recovery late in the fourth quarter against Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the Chiefs, his second career game. The turnover helped seal a 36–35 victory.[13] He was named the defensive player of the week for his performance, which included three tackles, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. He also had a quarterback hit on Patrick Mahomes that led to an interception by his teammate Tavon Young.[14] He would not play the final two weeks of the season due to injury, becoming just one of the many Ravens players that would be injured that season.[15] Oweh finished his rookie season with 33 total tackles, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and a pass breakup.[16]

2022 season

In Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills, he forced a fumble that was recovered by fellow teammate Marcus Williams and also had a sack on Josh Allen. However, the Ravens would lose 20–23.[17]


NFL career statistics

Legend
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Tackling Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2021 BAL 15 2 33 23 10 5.0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
2022 BAL 17 6 43 30 13 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2023 BAL 13 5 23 20 3 5.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
Career 45 13 99 73 26 13.0 6 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1

References

  1. ^ "Odafe Oweh explains why he will go by first name in NFL". RSN.
  2. ^ Werner, Barry (13 September 2017). "Jayson Oweh honored to reach Under Armour All-American 'dream'". Usatodayhss.com. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  3. ^ Wogenrich, Mark (6 January 2018). "Penn State adds 4-star Blair Academy DE to 2018 recruiting class". mcall.com. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  4. ^ "Jayson Oweh A Rising Star For Penn State Football, 'Going To Be Unstoppable'". Onward State. 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  5. ^ King, Tyler (4 September 2019). "'Raw' Jayson Oweh continuing to make progress on Penn State's defensive line". inquirer.com. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  6. ^ "A few years ago, Jayson Oweh hated football. Now, 'freakish' DE is talk of Penn State team". Ydr.com. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  7. ^ "Jayson Oweh Is Just Getting Started For Penn State Football". Onward State. 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  8. ^ "Jayson Oweh Included In Pro Football Network's 'Most To Gain In 2020 Season' List". Onward State. 2020-07-11. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  9. ^ "Odafe Oweh Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  10. ^ "Jayson Oweh, Penn State, DE, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  11. ^ Gordon, Grant (April 29, 2020). "Ravens pick WR Rashod Bateman at No. 27, take pass rusher Jayson Oweh at No. 31". NFL. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  12. ^ Shaffer, Jonas (11 June 2021). "First-round pick Odafe Oweh signs rookie deal with Ravens, leaving just two selections unsigned". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Chiefs vs. Ravens - Game Summary - September 19, 2021 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Titans RB Derrick Henry, Cardinals QB Kyler Murray among NFL Players of the Week". NFL.com. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  15. ^ Oestreicher, Kevin (1 April 2022). "Ravens HC John Harbaugh gives update on OLB Odafe Oweh". Ravens Wire. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  16. ^ "Odafe Oweh 2021 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  17. ^ "Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens - October 2nd, 2022". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 12 October 2022.

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