UPDATE: Oshane Ximines is Old Dominion’s first ever NFL draft pick. The defensive end was picked 95th overall in the third round by the New York Giants on Friday night.
NORFOLK (WAVY) — Oshane Ximines first started playing football when he was only six years old. Ever since, his dream has been to play under the bright lights of the National Football League. This weekend, the four-year defensive end at Old Dominion University will be one step closer to making that dream a reality.
“I’ve been waiting my whole life for draft day, and to finally see it here, I don’t even know how to feel,” said Ximines, who is expected to be the first Monarch ever selected in the NFL draft.
Most projections have Ximines hearing his name at some point during the second round, but there is a slight chance he could hear his name late in the first round. Whenever that moment comes is fine with him.
“I can’t call my own name,” he said. “Just going to wait and see who believes in me, and whoever believes in me is going to get my all.”
Ximines gave nothing less every time he put on a Monarch jersey. A 6-foot-4, 250-pound terror, Ximines set school records in career sacks (33) and sacks in a season (12.5), even though he was the guy every defensive coordinator penciled in as the playmaker ever game.
“We’re talking about a season where he’s been double-teamed, he’s got a tackle-tight end blocking him, he’s got a tackle or a back coming out, he’s never been left alone in one-on-one situations,” said Bobby Wilder on the “Old Dominion Football Show” back in October.
Whoever drafts Ximines will not only get a top-tier talent, but someone driven by nothing short of greatness.
“I want to be the best,” said Ximines. “Everything I do, every single day is to be the best.”