David Ojabo NFL Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

NFL Draft Profile: Davis Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

Name: David Ojabo

School: Michigan

Year: Redshirt Sophomore

Position: Edge

Measurables: 6’4 6/8 250 lbs

 

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General Info:

Ojabo was born in Nigera but moved to Scotland at 7. He moved to New Jersey right before high school. Ojabo played football, basketball, track, and soccer in high school. The former Wolverine was a consensus four-star prospect on Rivals, 247 and ESPN. He did not start playing football until his junior year of high school. For his senior year Ojabo collected 33 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 8 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble. He redshirted his first year at Michigan. For 2020 he mostly played special teams collecting just one tackle on the season. He started all of 2021 and registered 35 tackles, 42 pressures, 11 sacks, and five forced fumbles.

 

Positional Skills:

Strengths

First of all Ojabo is a freak athlete for his size. He has speed, agility, and explosiveness. He can fly around the corner. He has developed a rip and spin move, with the rip looking like a good go to. Ojabo has the frame for another 10-15 pounds without sacrificing his athleticism. Even though he is 250 he plays a very physical brand of football and is a willing run defender. He can keep up with running backs in coverage. When he uses his length/wingspan he shows potential to stack and shed blockers. Ojabo plays to the whistle and his motor runs hot. On film he shows an amazing closing speed to the quarterback. When he is on the back side he does a good job of preventing running backs from cutting back.

Weaknesses

His bend is solid but not elite. He is inexperienced at playing football, having only played five years total. He does struggles in run defense. Ojabo needs to learn to use his hands and his length more to defeat blockers. His pass rush moves still need more development. he comes off the snap too high, negating his explosiveness. The former Wolverine needs to bend his knees more. He is a bit on the small side at 250 and looks like he can still fill out his frame more. On film he gives up his chest to blockers too much. He lacks any counters in his game right now and has yet to show he can string moves together. 

 

Fit with the Packers:

Ojabo would be a great fit with the Packers. He is expected to go top 10-15 so to get to him they would have to trade up or trade Aaron Rodgers for a high pick or another pick they could package to move up. Right now he is mostly a lump of clay, but he has developed a lot in a short time. The flashes he has shown point to the potential of a perennial pro bowl player maybe even all-Pro. On film he seems to want to be more than just a pass rusher. Mike Smith would be almost the perfect coach to develop him. Just look at what he did with Rashan Gary. He also would be a great compliment to Gary. If he can add some bulk/strength and develop more moves, learn to string, work on counters, use speed to power. He should follow a similar path to Gary. Back up year one, in the rotation year two, and take over year three.

 

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Comments (12)

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dobber's picture

February 19, 2022 at 04:38 pm

Thanks, Brian!

Mentions of ARod, Adams, contracts, trades or salary cap = 0. Yay!

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BirdDogUni's picture

February 19, 2022 at 04:49 pm

Yeah, IDK anything about this kid except what you can read in a draft profile. I'm sure he's raw, but that means great potential for improvement too. Great size, looks the part, #55 will likely be available, and having two young bookend OLBers will be something we can use going forward. Thinking back to all the years CM3 had nobody to help him makes me sad...

IDK if they'll draft this kid or a different OLBer, but we definitely need to do more to shore up the position for the future!

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stockholder's picture

February 19, 2022 at 05:36 pm

Forget the bull rush. Still very raw. Needs coaching. Top 15 is a reach.

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mrtundra's picture

February 20, 2022 at 07:41 am

Looks like a project at Edge. I do think Edge may be a position the Packers look at, with their 1st round pick, though.

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Lphill's picture

February 19, 2022 at 05:43 pm

Too raw for a team all in.

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Packers0808's picture

February 19, 2022 at 07:58 pm

They better get someone, Z Smith has erased everything off his social media sites about being a Packer. Appears he is gone, Pack saves like $15 mil.

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BuckyBadger's picture

February 19, 2022 at 09:28 pm

I think both Z and Preston Smith are gone this off season with or without Rodgers. Z's back problems won't be go away and both these guys have probably peaked and not worth their cap number.

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friedt's picture

February 20, 2022 at 05:04 am

"Mike Smith would be almost the perfect coach to develop him." Too bad Mike Smith isn't with the Packers anymore. I don't know much about Rebrovich, the guy replacing Smith, but he has good NFL experience. Maybe he too could work magic with him. We will need edge rushers. Z is gone and Preston could be gone. Another guy from Michigan on the D line may not be all bad. Gute did pretty dang good with Gary.

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scoonie_penn's picture

February 20, 2022 at 06:06 am

Reminds me of a young Leonard Floyd. Definitely needs work. He could be a 3rd down rush specialist so that means Preston and/or whitney would need to come back.

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NickPerry's picture

February 20, 2022 at 07:48 am

The lack of experience just playing football scares the hell out of me and losing Mike Smith scares almost as much.

I'm SO HAPPY we had a draft profile to read opposed to ANYTHING pertaining to Rodgers, but my first question after Rodgers, after Adams, is what in the hell is Gute doing with the WR room?

I'm not sure which way Stockholder is leaning this this year, but he's been banging on the drum for a D-Lineman for a while. Getting kenny Clark someone to play alongside of him might be more important than edge depth. Slaton may be that guy when it comes to rushing the passer, and I think Lowry is staying, possibly with an extension.

No matter what it will be interesting.

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HarryHodag's picture

February 20, 2022 at 09:44 am

Unless the Packers get a pick in the top 12 he'll be long gone.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

February 21, 2022 at 12:09 pm

As a Michigan fan, I watched this kid improve week after week. He’s a wrecking ball and was all over the field. His motor never stops. Anyone who thinks he’s a reach in the top 15 didn’t watch much Michigan football this past season.

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