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David Ojabo 2022 NFL Draft Profile

David Ojabo 2022 NFL Draft Profile

The 2022 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the David Ojabo 2022 NFL Draft Profile.

David Ojabo Background

Position: Edge Rusher

Size: 6-foot-5, 250 pounds

Class: Junior

2021 stats: 35 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 3 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery, 5 forced fumbles

Ojabo was one of the most improved players in the country for Michigan this season. He has used that season to build his stock and enter the 2022 NFL Draft.

After being born in Nigeria and moving to Scotland, Ojabo came to the United States and picked up football late in high school. He went to Michigan after being a four-star recruit. Ojabo played on the scout team as a freshman and then played sparingly as a sophomore. He had a breakout season as a junior with 35 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. His play helped Michigan reach the College Football Playoff.

Although he was only productive for one seasons, Ojabo has decided to forgo his remaining eligibility. He is a projected first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

David Ojabo Strengths

Ojabo has the desired measurables of an NFL edge rusher. He stands at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, which are both solid for a prospect, although he may add some weight. On top of his size, he also has great length. His long arms help him disengage blockers easier and can really be an asset at the next level.

He is one of the more athletic pass rushers in this class. Ojabo moves quickly, can redirect and is flexible. He is able to win with his speed because he is a step quicker than offensive lineman. His flexibility helps him dip and bend around the edge as well. With his movement and flexibility, it is hard for offensive linemen to win matchups against him.

Despite only playing football for a few seasons, Ojabo actually has a decent amount of pass rushing moves and counters. He can win with his athleticism, but Ojabo has a hesitation move, can dip and has a good rip move. To go with that, he can counter well if his first move is stopped. Ojabo has a solid start and can continue to add moves to his pass rush arsenal.

David Ojabo Weaknesses

While Ojabo has shown a proficiency in rushing the passer, his run defense could use some work. He can be moved in the running game and sometimes has trouble setting the edge. His speed can help him beat offensive linemen to a spot to make a play, but other than that doesn’t offer a lot in run support.

Ojabo has some trouble reading plays and knowing how to react. He can misdiagnose where a play is going against the run. There were times where he misread what he should do on read option plays and on misdirections. He is still relatively new to the game, so he’ll need to continue to learn and get reps.

In order to help in his ability to shed, Ojabo could add some strength. His frame isn’t totally filled out and adding some extra muscle would help him when he’s going up against bigger and stronger tackles at the NFL level.

Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick

 

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