Joe Ostman Pre-Draft Interview

Joe Ostman (#45) played defensive end for Central Michigan University. Ostman attended LaSalle High School in St. Ignace, Michigan. Ostman was a four-year letterman for wrestling, football, and track and field. Ostman ranked No. 32 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 as well as ranking No. 51 on the Detroit Free Press Blue Chip List. During his high school career on defense, Ostman totaled 444 tackles, 16 sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. While playing tight end, Ostman totaled 76 receptions for 1,098 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was honored by Sky Valley Conference North Defensive and Conference Player of the Year. Ostman also led the Saints to a conference championship as well as advance to state semifinals both junior and senior year. Joe Ostman 3
Ostman had a successful career while at Central Michigan University. During his span as a Chippewa, Ostman had 123 solo tackles, 97 assisted, 45.5 tackles for a loss, 26 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. During the 2017 season, Ostman had a career game against Ball State University where he had 4 sacks, 5 total tackles, and a forced fumble. Ostman reflected on the experience by saying, “I had a great experience at Central Michigan, I was thankful for the opportunity from the moment I got offered the scholarship there. From the moment, I got there I did my best to work hard and make the most out of the opportunities that I was given.” Ostman’s career will be remembered by many as he helped make the stops that often sealed the game for the Chippewas.
Ostman had the opportunity to play in the East-West Shrine game in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ostman started the game with a strong start as he was able to break free of his block and sack Ohio State University quarterback, JT Barrett. Ostman was able to finish this game with 1 sack and 6 solo tackles. Ostman commented on his experience playing in the game saying, “it was a great experience, the whole week at the shrine game was a great experience, going to the children’s hospital playing with the kids, it was just an awesome experience.” Ostman took the time in Florida to train and work on his game as he made one final appearance as a college player to make an impact for NFL Scouts. Ostman was able to make a couple plays in the game and was thankful for the opportunity to be out there. Joe Ostman 2
Ostman had a career year in 2017 as he was able to sack opposing quarterbacks 13 times. Those number were tied for No. 1 in the nation. Ostman has great hands and his ability to shed the blocks to apply pressure to quarterbacks shouldn’t go unnoticed. Ostman commented on this accomplishment by saying, “I was surprised, I didn’t realize right away it was kind of back and forth towards the top there at the end of the year, but being able to finish tied for the lead is a huge honor.” Ostman focused on improving his game each and every day as he tried to accomplish all his goals and he is very appreciative for all the opportunities he has been given.


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