Scouting Report: Joe Ostman, DE, Central Michigan

#45 | St. Ignace, MI | 6026 | 259 | 4.80E | 2018


Noted for his leadership and workout warrior mentality, Ostman has been a highly productive college player, registering 31 tackles for loss, including 19 sacks over the past two seasons, primarily utilizing his strength to win in the trenches. However, he has gone nearly most of an entire game without attempting a single legitimate pass rush move—he possesses poor hand combat and tries to win with power on every play. Occasionally he’ll split through the line and he’ll accumulate some big plays but otherwise, his has hand repertoire is limited, which could hinder his ability to play defensive end at the next level. The intangibles department and lunch bucket work ethic is where Ostman is going to win evaluators over, who was also named a team captain. In terms of moving to outside backer, he doesn’t appear to have the speed to make a smooth transition and has limited experience dropping back in pass coverage. He had one scholarship offer coming out of high school, so he has made the most of his opportunity—he has also spent five seasons playing for the Chippewas, making him a bit of an older prospect. His best position at the next level might be at fullback due to the questions surrounding his quickness and flexibility.


2016 (Jr.): Started all 13 games for the Chippewas … All-Mid American Conference Second Team Defense … Co-Defensive Player of the Year for CMU, an award he shared with Amari Coleman … ranked third on team and 48th in the MAC in tackles with 69 … led team, was second in the MAC, and 34th nationally in sacks with 9.0 …  led team and finished ninth in the MAC in tackles for loss with 13.5 … forced two fumbles, which also led team … six tackles (four solo) and a sack at Oklahoma State (9/10) … six stops at Virginia (9/24) … nine tackles (six solo) and a sack against Western Michigan (10/1) … nine total tackles (seven solo) at Toledo (10/22) … eight tackles (seven solo) and recorded a sack against Kent State (10/29) … eight total tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble against Ohio (11/15) … five total stops, including a sack and a forced fumble, at Eastern Michigan (11/22) … five total tackles against Tulsa in the Miami Beach Bowl (12/19) … named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team.

2015 (rJr.): Saw action in three games, including two starts, before missing the rest of the season with an injury … received a medical redshirt … had six tackles including a sack against Oklahoma State (9/3) … five tackles at Western Michigan (10/10).

2014 (So.): Started in all 13 games … earned Third Team All-Mid-American Conference honors … earned Academic All-MAC honors and was named a MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete … ranked third on the team with 60 tackles including 33 solos … totaled 10.0 tackles-for-a-loss for 29 yards including three sacks … tallied a career-high two sacks against Purdue (9/6) … credited with forced fumbles against Toledo (9/27) and Miami (11/15) … had a career-high six solo tackles at Northern Illinois (10/11) … career-high eight tackles against Ball State (10/18) … recovered a fumble against Western Michigan (11/22) … recorded four tackles and forced a key fumble against Western Kentucky in the Bahamas Bowl (12/24) … ranks third among MAC defensive lineman in tackles per game (4.6) and 11th in tackles-for-a-loss (10.0).

2013 (Fr): The only true freshman to see playing time during the 2013 season … played in all 12 games at defensive end and on special teams … totaled 20 tackles, including nine solos and 1.5 for a loss, two quarterback hits and two pass break-ups … recorded a season high four tackles against Northern Illinois (10/19) … made three tackles and registered his first career sack, for a loss of six yards, at Ball State (11/6) … also had three stops against UMass (11/23) … recovered a fumble in the regular season finale versus Eastern Michigan (11/29).

High School: Four-year letterwinner … played linebacker and tight end … ranked No. 32 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 51 on Detroit News Blue Chip List … selected to the AP Division 7-8 All-State football team … named a first team linebacker by the Detroit Free Press and to the All-U.P. Dream Team … honored as Ski Valley Conference North Defensive and Conference Player of the Year … named First Team Ski Valley Conference North and all-area as a linebacker and tight end … selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game … led the Saints to a conference championship and advanced to the state semifinals in junior and senior seasons … as a senior, recorded 145 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery as well as 38 receptions for 638 yards and nine touchdowns … totaled 444 career tackles, 16 sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries … had 76 career receptions for 1,098 yards and 11 touchdowns…also lettered four years in wrestling and track & field … a three-time state wrestling champion…owns the school record for consecutive wins (141), wins in a season (57), and career win percentage (94.1 percent)…three-time U.P. champion and four-time conference champion … maintained a 3.8 GPA.