Former Stanford nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo is still trying to earn his way in the NFL. The former star is now in Carolina trying to earn a job with the Panthers. It is his fifth NFL club since leaving the farm in 2006.
The Charlotte Observer has a wonderful profile on Oshinowo’s latest attempt to prove he belongs.
I must admit to being surprised that Oshinowo has not been able to find himself at the next level. Oshinowo was dominant at Stanford. He was a true run stopper in the middle and a sack master on third down.
He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2006 draft. Oshinowo played in a 3-4 defense on the farm and in Cleveland was asked to play nose tackle to win a job. Despite Herculean strength, Oshinowo just is not big enough to play nose tackle in the NFL.
He was eventually cut by Cleveland and moved through Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington. Despite all the stops, he has only played in two regular season games in his career, registering two tackles.
Landing in Carolina at 26 years of age, this is probably his last and best chance for making it in the NFL. The Panthers will line him up as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme. Oshinowo should be able to use his strength against more one-on-one blocking to his advantage.
Oshinowo is a true scholar who will land on his feet no matter what he does after football. But Cardinal fans who watched him excel at Stanford on the field will route for him to find success in Carolina for at least a few more years, before he moves off into bigger and better things.
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