Now it’s official: Victor Ochi is a Baltimore Raven. The edge rusher out of Stony Brook University has signed with them as an undrafted free agent, the team announced Friday.
The Jets, Colts and Chargers also expressed interest in signing Ochi immediately after last week’s NFL Draft, but the Ravens pursued him relentlessly.
Newsday, in attendance at the Ochi family’s house last Saturday for Day 3 of the draft, counted three separate calls from the Ravens in an attempt to finalize a deal.
At one point, those in attendance heard Ravens defensive coaching assistant Drew Wilkins tell Ochi by phone that he had “just talked to Coach [John] Harbaugh; he said, ‘Do what we got to do to get you here.’ What can we do to make you a Raven? Just tell me what we got to do.”
Ochi, a Valley Stream Central alum, holds the Stony Brook record for career sacks (32 1⁄2) and tackles for loss (49). He will be on the Ravens’ 90-man roster through the preseason and will fight to earn a spot on the final regular-season 53-man roster. They began their rookie minicamp Friday.