Azeez Ojulari NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Azeez Ojulari NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

  • 2021
  • 2021 NFL Draft Prospects
  • Azeez
  • Azeez Ojulari
  • Bulldogs
  • Draft
  • Edge
  • Edge Rusher
  • Georgia
  • NFL
  • Ojulari
  • Olujari
By Tayyib Abu March 18, 2021 0 Comment
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Azeez Ojulari is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Azeez Ojulari is an EDGE from Georgia, and an exciting prospect in this year’s NFL Draft, where he is one of the premier pass-rushers available. The four-star recruit got plenty of offers from big-time schools, including Alabama; ultimately, he opted to stay home and go to Georgia. Ojulari played three games as a true freshman in 2018, and another 14 as a redshirt freshman in 2019.

Ojulari showed flashes of talent in 2019; he notched 5.5 sacks with 36 tackles; however, they were glimpses, not the authentic full-course meal. Coming into his redshirt sophomore season, Ojulari needed to show out consistently. Furthermore, Ojulari knew that because this son of Nigerian migrants owns a fierce determination to be the best.

In the 2020 season, Azeez Ojulari broke out in Georgia as he announced himself as one of the Bulldogs roster’s best players. In 10 games played, Ojulari’s stat-sheet read like this; 8.5 sacks, 31 tackles, eight hits and 20 hurries. Pro Football Focus rated him the third-best EDGE in FBS (90.0 Defense grade), and his Pass Rush grade (91.7) was also third. He demonstrated his explosive athleticism to pressure quarterbacks; because of that athleticism, Ojulari is a prototypical speed-rusher.

Additionally, it wasn’t only the numbers that impressed people; consequently, Ojulari took several accolades home for the winter. All-SEC Second-Team and AP All-Bowl team are the featured headlines on Ojulari’s resume; moreover, Ojulari became a national conversation amongst the NFL Draft cognoscenti. Edge is one of the premium positions in the NFL, that is because hurrying the quarterback is such a key component of defense.

Ojulari is an ideal fit for teams that run a base 3-4 formation; due to his athleticism, speed and ability to bend the corner. That’s why he lines up almost exclusively on the outside. A team like the Lions is a good fit for Ojulari. His lack of strength hinders him in a 4-3 formation; therefore, he isn’t a hand in the dirt rusher.

Scouting Capsule

Azeez Ojulari Scouting Capsule

Measurements & Pro Day

Georgia held their pro-day earlier this week, Olujari was on show to several NFL teams. Azeez Ojulari bulked up considerably as he weighed in at 249 pounds while measuring 6022; meanwhile, his unofficial 40-yard dash time clocked in at 4.60 seconds. His wingspan was 82.5 inches; his hand size was 10.5 inches, and his arms came in at 34.375 inches. Furthermore, Ojulari posted a 10’7″ broad jump.  Overall, Ojulari displayed a lot of speed, agility and talent at his pro-day.

Highlights

 

Positives

  • Explosive and athletic. Ojulari’s speed makes him a valuable weapon on the edge.
  • The wiry, athletic frame shouldn’t see him get weighed down as games go on.
  • Owns good body awareness; Ojulari can slip and weave past opposition tackles.
  • Good spatial awareness of the pocket, he knows when and where to contain or pursue.
  • Excellent tackler.

Weaknesses

  • Ojulari is a bit under-sized, which may hurt him against jumbo packages lined up against a big tight-end.
  • One-dimensional in a base 3-4 formation. Ojulari isn’t good enough to drop into pass coverage.
  • Ojulari could struggle on 4-3 fronts due to not playing at the line of scrimmage.
  • Not great against the run and is susceptible to biting on hard play-action.

NFL Comparison

Yannick Ngakoue (Jacksonville Jaguars 2016-2019, Minnesota Vikings 2019, Baltimore Ravens 2019-present)

 

 

 

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