2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: B.J. Ojulari





  • B.J. Ojulari, 6-2/248

  • Outside Linebacker

  • LSU


  • B.J. Ojulari Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

    Strengths:
  • Dangerous pass rusher
  • Tough
  • Plays hard
  • Good motor
  • Will use his active hands to keep blockers away from him
  • Has some functional power
  • Long arms – 34.25 inches
  • Good move to the inside
  • Good football character
  • Willing run defender
  • Run-and-chase ground-game defender
  • Has a burst to close when running free
  • Has some experience in pass coverage in the flat




  • Weaknesses:
  • Lacks size
  • Lacks height
  • Can have issues getting of blocks
  • Not a good fit in a 4-3 defense
  • Too undersized for DE
  • Limited as an OLB


  • Summary: Ojulari was a dangerous pass rusher for LSU over the past three seasons, plus was a disruptive presence behind the line. As a freshman in 2020, he had an impressive debut with four sacks and 16 tackles while playing in a rotation. Ojulari became a starter in 2021 and recorded seven sacks and 54 tackles. In his final season with the Tigers, Ojulari totaled 5.5 sacks, 58 tackles and one forced fumble.

    As a pass rusher, Ojulari is a capable quarterback hunter. He has some good traits that lead to him getting to the quarterback, but he also has some limitations for the NFL. Like his brother Azeez, B.J. Ojulari plays really hard and tough. He has some functional strength and an ability to close when he runs free. Ojulari has a good motor and doesn’t quit on plays with a relentless attitude. Despite lacking height, Ojulari has long arms for his size, and he uses them with active hands to fight blockers off of him. Ojulari has a burst off the ball and the speed to turn the corner. He is fast to close and is a adept at dodging blockers to get upfield quickly.

    Ojulari plays hard in the ground game and uses his length in this phase as well. He is a good pursuit run defender who chargers hard and brings some strength as a tackler. However, his lack of size and length put him at a disadvantage. As a pro, he could have issues with defending runs coming downhill straight at him. Thus, he has some scheme limitations for the next level.



    Ojulari is short and lacks height. That limits him as a run defender and could make him more of a designated pass rusher. For the NFL, Ojulari’s best fit could come as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He lacks the size and length to be a 4-3 defensive end. In a 4-3, he would have to move to Sam – strongside – outside linebacker who rushes off the edge in the sub package. In the NFL, Ojulari might settle into a role as a designated pass rusher for the sub package.

    Ojulari has the potential to go as high as the second round in the 2023 NFL Draft. He should not go lower than Round 4.



    Player Comparison: Noah Spence. Like his older brother Azeez Ojulari, B.J. Ojulari is similar to Spence. Spence (6-2, 251) and the Ojularis are almost identical in size with some skill-set limitations. Spence was a high second-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2016, but he was a disappointment and has ended up being a backup-caliber pass rusher. I could see B.J. Ojulari being a better version of Spence as a rotational pass rusher in NFL.






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