2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: David Ojabo

  • David Ojabo, 6-5/250

  • Defensive End

  • Michigan

  • David Ojabo Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Fast speed rusher
  • Dangerous strip-sack artist
  • Cognizant and instinctive to go for the strip
  • Serious burst off ball
  • Speed to run the arc and get around the corner
  • Speed-to-power rush ability
  • Can fire to the inside
  • Has a burst to close on the quarterback
  • Functional strength, length
  • Flashes ability to use hands and feet at same time
  • Good motor
  • Gives a second effort
  • Agile; not stiff
  • Can dip underneath tackles
  • Loose hips
  • Nice ability to redirect
  • Willing run defender
  • Versatile for 3-4 or 4-3 defense
  • Huge upside

  • Weaknesses:
  • One-year wonder
  • Unpolished pass rusher
  • Raw, underdeveloped technique
  • Can over-pursue
  • Could use refinement of pass-rushing moves
  • Could stand to improve his hand usage for getting off blocks

  • Summary: In recent years, Michigan has produced a lot of good NFL prospects on the defensive line. The Wolverines have had some freaky athletes and speed rushers, like Rashaan Gary, Taco Charlton, Chase Winovich, Kwity Paye and Aidan Hutchinson. With all those talents in-house, it took some time for Ojabo to see the field for the Wolverines. With Paye moving onto the NFL after being a first-round pick by the Colts, Ojabo has taken over as the end opposite Hutchinson for 2021 and has broken out for the Wolverines. Entering the college football playoff, Ojabo has 11 sacks, 35 tackles, five forced fumbles and three passes defended.

    Ojabo has the speed and strength to be a tough battle for pro offensive tackles. As a pass rusher, Ojabo can burn tackles with his speed, and he is explosive off the ball. Ojabo uses his hands and feet at the same, showing the ability to translate speed to power. He flashes the ability to use his hands and feet at the same time nicely and displays the agility to redirect to the inside or sink his hips while running the loop on the outside. Ojabo also is superb at slapping at the ball while taking the quarterback down. His natural instincts to go for the strip-sack are phenomenal.

    It would help Ojabo to improve his hand usage because he can struggle to get tackles hands off of him at times. Given the skill set of pro tackles, Ojabo could use more refinement with his pass-rushing moves to diversify his options for attacking tackles with his rush plan.

    Ojabo is also a decent run defender considering he weighs less than 260 pounds. He flashes the ability to get off blocks and flow to the ball-carrier. In the NFL, Ojabo could get better at defending downhill runs coming straight at him.

    Ojabo's best fit in the NFL could come as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he also has the potential to be a 4-3 defensive end. In a 4-3, it could make sense to rotate him a fair amount as offensive tackles who have a 50-70 pound advantage could wear him out. Rotating Ojabo would help to keep him fresh as a pass rusher and available to make an impact in the fourth quarter.

    Ojabo could go be a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He looks like a future starter in the NFL with the potential to be a dangerous quarterback hunter.

    Player Comparison: Chandler Jones. From a skill set perspective, Ojabo kind of reminds me of Jones. Jones (6-5, 265) and Ojabo are similar size, and Ojabo will probably top out around Jones weight. Both are fast edge rushers with developed strength to defend the run. Jones went in the back of the first round in 2012, and Ojabo could go in that range this year. If Ojabo turns into a good pro, I could see him being a similar style player to Jones.



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