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Undrafted yet undeterred, Victor Ochi ready to prove himself again

Undrafted yet undeterred, Victor Ochi ready to prove himself again

The disappointment lingered for a day or so. Outside linebacker Victor Ochi had his sights on becoming the first Stony Brook player ever to be taken in the NFL draft. Ochi hoped to hear his name called as early as Day Two of the draft, a moment that would have capped his rise in a sport he started playing just seven years earlier.

But the reality started to set in at some point during the draft’s third day. Ochi, a pass rusher ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. predicted could go as early as the third round, was about to go undrafted.   

“At the end of the day, if you ask all the close people that I talked to, I was hoping for...

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