Azeez Ojulari NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile: Georgia EDGE Top In The Class
This is The Game Day’s Azeez Ojulari NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile. After you read our Azeez Ojulari Scouting Report, head over to Marcus Mosher’s latest 2021 NFL Mock Draft for Round 1.
Azeez Ojulari NFL Draft Prospect Profile
Azeez Ojulari NFL Draft Prospect: Bio & Measurables
- School: Georgia
- Class in Final Season: Redshirt Sophomore
- Age on NFL Draft Day: 20
- Height: 6-foot-2
- Weight: 249 lbs.
Azeez Ojulari: Scouting Report
- Explosive first step. Fires off the line of scrimmage.
- Strong and long upper body. Uses length to set the edge in the run game.
- Nuanced pass rusher. Has multiple moves he can use to get to the quarterback.
- Incredible balance and bend at the top of the rush.
- Plays with great leverage and uses arms to forklift offensive tackles.
- Strong run defender. Can hold up at the point of attack or win on chase downs.
- Great leader. First-ever team captain for Georgia under Kirby Smart.
- Not the tallest or heaviest defensive end. Some teams might view him as a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 SAM LB.
- Could improve counter moves.
- Needs to be more consistent.
- Limited experience. Only 900 career snaps.
- Frame might be maxed out.
Azeez Ojulari NFL Outlook
Azeez Ojulari might just be the best EDGE defender in the 2021 NFL Draft. He checks almost every box as he is long, athletic and was productive in the SEC. Despite playing just 375 total snaps in 2020, he totaled 12.5 tackles for a loss as he constantly in the backfield.
He doesn’t have the ideal height or weight and that could top him (some) in the draft, but he is a sure-fire first-round pick who should be a productive player in the NFL. His ability to beat offensive tackles off the line of scrimmage with his quickness and then duck under the blocks is reminiscent of other shorter defensive ends like Brian Orakpo and Yannick Ngakoue. If he can continue to develop more pass-rush moves and counters, the sky is the limit.
Don’t be surprised if Ojulari is primarily used as a pass-rusher only to begin his career, but turns into a full-time starter and pass-rush menace by 2022. If he hits his ceiling, he could be a yearly double-digit sack player with a career-arc similar to former All-Pro linebacker Joey Porter.
Azeez Ojulari NFL Comp
NFL Comp: Yannick Ngakoue
Coming out of Maryland, Ngakoue was a 6’2, 252-pound EDGE rusher who had questions about his agility. Unfortunately, Ojulari shares those same concerns, but he is a far better run defender coming into the NFL. Ngakoue has been one of the league’s most productive pass rushers since entering the NFL, totaling 45.5 sacks in 78 career games. Ojulari might be pigeonholed as a pass-rusher only to begin his career, but he can do that at an elite level and should provide instant juice off the edge.
Azeez Ojulari NFL Team Fits
Ojulari’s best fit would be with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a 3-4 outside linebacker that can rush off the edge or drop back into coverage. He certainly has the experience of holding up against offensive tackles in the run game, but a scheme that can isolate Ojulari against running backs and tight ends will allow him to maximize his skill set. Any aggressive defense that values speed and agility around the EDGE will value Ojulari immensely.
Azeez Ojulari NFL Draft Prediction
Round 1: Ojulari should be the first pass-rusher off the board after a strong sophomore season in which he posted 9.5 sacks in just 10 games. He’s got the athleticism, burst and production that teams typically love. However, because he is just 6’2 and only 249 pounds, some teams might not view him as an every-down player. Still, Ojulari should be a middle of first-round type of player given his age, pass-rush potential and length.
Now that you’ve read our Azeez Ojulari 2021 Draft Prospect scouting report, stay tuned for more NFL Draft analysis. Then, after the 2021 NFL Draft, we’ll cover his impact on betting lines, odds and tips for his NFL team.
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