ODU Football: Oshane Ximines selected by New York Giants in third round of 2019 NFL Draft

oduOshane Ximines made history Friday night as he became the first ODU football player to be drafted, when he was taken in the third round, 95th overall, by the New York Giants.

“We are so very proud of our first ever draft choice at Old Dominion University. Oshane deserves the opportunity to play in the NFL through hard work and dedication to his craft,” ODU Head Coach Bobby Wilder said.  “He improved every year, has a tremendous work ethic, and is a great teammate. The Giants will be pleased with the overall value he brings to their organization.”

A native of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Ximines had a record-setting career for the Monarchs, setting Monarch bests in sacks with 33, tackles for loss with 50.5, forced fumbles with 11 and QB hurries with 33. He native also ranks ninth in ODU history with 12 pass breakups.

In 2018, he finished fifth in FBS with 12 sacks and 15th in FBS with 18.5 tackles for loss. His 58 tackles were the 10th most by an FBS defensive linemen and he registered his first career interception against Marshall. Ximines was a two-time first-team All-Conference USA honoree, earning second-team honors as a sophomore and all-freshman honors in 2015.

Ximines was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, and was a two-time honoree on the C-USA All-Academic Team. He was also named to the National Football Foundation Honor Society, which goes to graduating seniors who maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

Ximines became the first Monarch, along with Travis Fulgham, to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, while he and Fulgham became the first ODU teammates to participate at the NFL Combine. He also competed in the State Farm All-Star Football Challenge, running in the obstacle course.

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