The NFL Draft is one way to gauge how well a staff is preparing and developing their athletes for a profession career in football. According to NFL scouts and coaches, the Oregon State staff and their athletes are doing something right. Mike Riley's men enjoyed an unprecedented Draft Day.[details]
2007 (Junior): Victor may be the quickest defensive lineman on the team...an excellent special teams contributor and a threat to block kicks.
2006 (Sophomore): Victor played in all 14 games and accounted for 17 tackles...a career-high four at Washington...of his 17 stops, 5.5 were for losses, including 3 sacks...accounted for 30 lost yards.
2005 (Freshman): One of seven true-freshmen to play...made three tackles for the season...blocked a third quarter punt by Boise State’s Kyle Stringer (recovered by Bryant Cornell) that gave OSU the ball at the Bronco 25 – led to an Alexis Serna field goal narrowing BSU’s lead to 24-17...joined the program in August.
Personal: Son of Elvester and Janis Strong...graduated from Eisenhower with a 3.50 cumulative GPA and was a regular on the school’s honor roll...Randy Moss is his favorite athlete...hobbies include music and more football...majoring in business.
The Good: Displays an explosive first step off the snap and possesses the pass-rush ability to consistently reach the quarterback. Showcases good footwork and body control off the edge and exhibits the flexibility to dip under tackles. Redirects well in space and has great closing speed for the position. Has a motor that runs nonstop and plays with natural leverage. Does a great job fighting through blockers and working hard in pursuit. The Bad: Is a DE/OLB tweener who played mostly with his hand on the ground at Oregon State. Will need to make the transition to OLB in the 3-4 and rush from a two-point stance. Struggled learning the nuances of the position at the East-West Shrine Game as an OLB in a 4-3.