The following 2022 NFL Draft scouting report is from David Ojabo’s Pro Football Draft player page.
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David Ojabo Scouting Report
6’4, 250 (confirmed) … 2021 All-American at Michigan … totaled 35 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and a school-record five forced fumbles; it was his only season of production (appeared in six games and totaled one tackle in 2020) … Ojabo played in all 14 games in 2021 but started only six; he’s one of the most inexperienced players in the 2022 NFL Draft … David Ojabo was a four-star recruit out of high school and a top-five prospect out of New Jersey … Ojabo played soccer and basketball before playing his first season of football during his junior year of high school … he was born in Nigeria and moved to Scotland, where he lived until he was seven years old; Ojabo moved to the United States in 2007.
Physically, Ojabo is a solid and evenly distributed 250 pounds; he isn’t overly bulky and looks like he can add more weight to his frame, which is advisable considering some of his struggles as a run defender … Athletically, Ojabo has exciting straight-line speed and possesses the kind of flexibility required to bend the edge like the top pass-rushers in the NFL; he can change directions in space too, making him a strong open-field tackler.
As a pass-rusher, Ojabo is a bit of a one-trick pony right now; when he gets a good jump off the snap, he’s almost impossible to block; he flashes a nice shoulder-shake/outside-inside fake to juke offensive tackles almost like a running back in the open field; David Ojabo possesses a strong rip move too, but he must develop a more well-rounded arsenal of rush moves in order to consistently threaten for double-digit sacks in the NFL … Ojabo’s closing speed is near-elite; when he’s in range to strike the quarterback, he usually does … He has a hunter’s mentality for the football, too; he swipes at the ball when attacking the quarterback with efficiency (his school-record forced-fumbles total is evidence of this) … Against the run, Ojabo’s lack of strength is apparent in his inability to disengage/shed blocks … He can be overwhelmed by bigger/stronger offensive tackles who are attacking rather than retreating … Ojabo’s athletic ability makes him a threat to chase running backs down from behind from almost anywhere on the field … There are reps on tape that showcase David Ojabo’s ability to drop into coverage, too; it won’t be his calling card in the NFL, but he’s more than capable of being a three-down defender.
Overall, David Ojabo is a high-risk, high-reward prospect … his on-field inexperience is evident against the run but there’s no denying his pass-rushing traits will have defensive coordinators lining up for him … Ojabo profiles as a first-round pick because of his projection but he’ll need to go to a team that has a strong and stable coaching staff in place, as well as a few crafty veterans who can show him some tricks to the trade … If Ojabo hits, he’ll be a double-digit sack guy in the NFL with ease; if he doesn’t take that next step in his development, he could become a journeyman by the time he reaches his second contract. Buyer beware.
2022 NFL Draft Grade: 1st round