David Ojabo: Scouting Report. Everything You Need To Know

David Ojabo: Scouting Report. Everything You Need To Know
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GEORGE KARLAFTISAHMAD GARDNERDEMARVIN LEAL
KAYVON THIBODEAUXKAIIR ELAMAIDAN HUTCHINSON
  • Height: 6’ 5”
  • Weight: 250lb
  • College: Michigan
  • Year: Junior
  • Position: Edge

BACKGROUND

Michigan edge rusher David Ojabo has certainly trod an interesting path to the verge of the NFL.

Born in Nigeria in 2000, Ojabo moved with his family to Aberdeen, Scotland aged 7. As a youngester Ojabo excelled in many sports, particularly basketball and football (soccer) but despite his undeniable athletic talent, there was a limit as to what could be achieved in Aberdeen.

Aged 15, he took the brave decision to move, alone, to the USA and ended up at a private school in New Jersey – the Blair Academy. 

He struggled to make the breakthrough on the basketball court, and after seeing what fellow pupil (now Baltimore Raven) Odafe Oweh was able to achieve on the football field, he asked to try out for the team.

Despite knowing virtually nothing about the game at the outset, he made huge strides. Before even taking the field he had an offer from Rutgers. Offers from the like of Clemson, Ohio and Notre Dame followed, before Ojabo decided to commit to Michigan as a 4 star recruit.

TIME AT MICHIGAN

Ojabo’s time at Michigan has been a bit of a slow burner, before his awesome breakout in 2021. He didn’t see the field at all in 2019 (but was named scout team player of the year). However, Ojabo used his time wisely and was always willing to learn – seeking advice from the likes of upperclassmen Josh Uche and Kwity Paye.

2020 didn’t start off much better – a visit home to Scotland in early 2020 saw him stuck there for 3 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Training via Zoom became the norm. He was able to make the field on some occasions but only registered a single tackle.

2021 rolled around and Ojabo was ‘lights out’ opposite standout pash rusher Aidan Hutchinson. Registering 35 tackles, 11 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles, he has helped Michigan into the College football playoff and most likely earned himself a first round pick come drat time.

Watch some highlights of David Ojabo in the video below.

STRENGTHS

  • Athleticism
  • Length/Bend 
  • Explosiveness

Ojabo’s athelticism has been evident from his formative years. The fact he ran a sub 11 sec 100m in high school should tell you something. His bend and length, combined with a thick frame, allow him to explode off the snap and accelerate around tackles quickly. This length has allowed him to force mulitple fumbles – turnovers are never a bad thing!  I, for one, am incredibly excited to see his testing numbers at the NFL Combine

Moreover, an eagerness to learn and listen from those around him will stand him in good stead as his NFL career progresses

WEAKNESSES

  • Inexperience 
  • Handwork
  • Run game inconsistency

Despite Ojabo’s tantalising abilities, he is far from the finished product. He is still inexperienced in the game, having only played 1 year in high school and having 1 year starting under his belt at Michigan. Although a lot better than many other ‘traits’ guys we have seen over the years, he could still work on his hand – his pass plans are improving as time goes, his striking could do with some cleaning up. 

Whilst excelling in pass rushing sets, Ojabo can be a little bit on the inconsistent side and is often off the field in obvious running downs. He can often be easily caught out on RPOs and will look to work on this at the next level.

SUMMARY

From humble beginnings, David Ojabo has made unbelievable strides over the 2021 season. Whilst he has not formally declared for the NFL draft, his stock is at an all-time high and there would be little to gain from going back to Michigan for another year.

Ojabo has only scratched the surface on what he can be as an edge rusher, and if he lands at the right spot for player development, we could be looking at one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers in a few years.

How good of a prospect is David Ojabo? Let us know over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @stuie17

Feature Image Credit: NY Post

Video Credit: Prospects on YouTube

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