At 12 p.m. on April 30, the Ochi house in Valley Stream was full of anticipation as Victor Ochi hoped to be the first Stony Brook Univeristy player to be drafted into the NFL.
By 7 p.m., that anticipation had vanished, replaced by an overwhelming feeling of stress. A total of 253 names had been called out in the 2016 NFL Draft over the span of three days. Ochi’s name was not one of them. He went undrafted.
Then the phone rang. And it kept ringing. Despite not drafting him earlier, NFL teams were interested in Ochi as an undrafted free agent.
Ochi, an edge rusher, fielded calls from several teams over a whirlwind period of a few minutes. It felt like hours to his friends and family in attendance. In the end, Ochi agreed to an undrafted free-agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens and is expected to officially sign the contract on Thursday when he heads to their facility for the start of rookie minicamp.
In “From Long Island to the NFL,” Newsday followed Ochi as he went through the rigors of the NFL Combine, Pro Day and the draft chasing his longtime dream of playing in the NFL. Watch the full documentary above.