EDGE Michigan 6-4 250 JR #55
GRADE: 92 OVR RANK: TBC POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 33 1/2″ // HAND SIZE: 9″
40YD: 4.55 (99%) // 10YD: ( %) // VJ: 35″ (84%) // BJ: 10’02” (90%)
BP: ( %) // SS: 4.45 (58%)// 3C: ( %)
Projection: Explosive starting 3-4 OLB, starts as situational pass-rusher, grows into bigger role
Ravens Fit: Ojabo came into college as raw as Odafe Oweh having played little football. Scarily, in fewer snaps than Oweh, he actually developed into a more polished pass rusher, if not as much of a demon run defender. Ojabo processes quickly and has the ridiculous athleticism the Ravens now prioritize, while also having shown an ability to set a physical edge in the run game. He’s a playmaker on defense with important sacks and forced fumbles when he gets to the QB. He could immediately enter the OLB rotation for the Ravens and may provide more finish on the QB than their current stable of pass-rushers. Draft projection: Early-to-Mid Round 1 – Todd McShay, ESPN
Overall Fit 4/5
Plays as the standing up Outside Linebacker in Michigan’s predominantly 3-4 front. Played opposite Hutchinson which gave him more 1-on-1 opportunities than normal for a rusher of his quality but also saw some double teams, chips etc.
He has ridiculous athleticism, his speed and explosion are a sight to see coming off the edge. His initial get-off is solid but not spectacular, he looks to be playing run first, but when he turns on the after-burners, he has impressive acceleration to full speed through his second and third steps. He has an excellent rush plan and a developing array of moves to deploy. His intelligent use of moves in sequence and in-rep are a surprise given how little football he has played compared to other high-level pass-rushers coming out of college. His fastball is certainly his stab-club-rip move but he works other moves off this to good effect. He has an outright speed rip move that takes advantage of his athleticism and keeps OTs honest against his other moves.
He has begun to add power moves and against OL with adequate anchors he has shown a consistent ability to convert speed to power. Once he gets this working, he is developing an effective bull and pull. When using more finesse inside moves, crossing the O-lineman’s face, he plays too high and can be shut down by OL with an effective power step. He consistently takes advantage of OL mistakes – if the OT loses the half-man relationship for a second, he will blow past them. There is very little margin for error for the OL due to his speed. When he gets to the Offensive Lineman’s hip, he takes the quickest route to the QB with outstanding ability to corner using his bend and ankle flexion. His finish on the Quarterback is frightening, using his speed to close and the length he has/physicality to force a lot of fumbles when he gets there.
He processes against both gap and zone runs quickly and puts himself in position to play with leverage on the edge. He doesn’t set a dominant edge but he uses his hands well to play with leverage. He has good power in his hands and good placement before using his length to lock out and gain leverage. He will leverage his gap, keep his eyes on the ball-carrier and disengage to make a play on the ball carrier and can tackle runners despite his primary responsibility being as a force player.
He is patient and disciplined as a backside pursuit defender, having learned to use his athleticism to chase down the ball carrier from behind while maintaining gap discipline. Solid physical and mental processing but he does throttle down effort on pursuit at the end of blowout wins. His range is excellent and he uses his play speed and explosion to good effect when in pursuit in space. He does drop in coverage, has the athleticism to do it but is a little tight-hipped.
Ridiculous athleticism with an array of pass rush moves and the intelligence to deploy them effectively. Quick-processing, good run defender, can play high
JR: 11 Sacks, 7 QB Hits, 26 Total Tackles, 5 FF, 1 PBU
1 Year Starter