David Ojabo Scouting Report: A Potential Falcons Selection

Could Ojabo be the Falcons’ first-round selection?

I’m starting a series for Falcons ATB where we will take a look at possible draft prospects who could be great fits for the franchise. To start off the series, I’ll be taking a look and giving a brief scouting report on Michigan EDGE, David Ojabo.

Who is he?

David Ojabo was a 4 Star recruit out of high school who attended the University of Michigan. Ojabo lived in Nigeria until he was 7, moved to Scotland, and then the US when he was 17. When he moved to the States, he initially played basketball before playing football as a junior year in high school. Ojabo became a star this season at Michigan, helping carry them into the CFB Playoffs and a Big 10 title. Furthermore, he formed the best pass rush duo in football with him and Aidan Hutchinson.

Why should we target him?

The Falcons are a team that need an injection of talent in so many areas throughout the roster. Ojabo with his 6’5″ 250lb frame would be a blue chip talent for the Falcons to build around on defense. The Falcons have lacked a dominant pass rusher since the John Abraham era came to an end in 2012. You could argue for Vic Beasley in 2016, but that was a fluke in my eyes.

Ojabo would be able to be an immediate plug and play player in the Dean Pees defense that would ask him to do all kinds of different schematic things. I would like to assume that Ojabo would fill in the Steven Means role, which means he would be asked to drop into coverage, rush the passer, set the EDGE, etc. He would fill a crucial piece in Dean Pees multiple front defense that the Falcons run.

What does he bring?

Ojabo is a dominant EDGE prospect who is an incredible athlete who is still raw to the position. He brings a motor that always runs hot and is always putting in effort. Ojabo would give the Falcons a ball of clay with endless upside at EDGE for the multi-look front that Dean Pees loves to run.

The Michigan product displays good strength at the Point of Attack and has shown promise with his ability to set the edge. Ojabo uses his freakish athleticism to really dominant against opposing OT’s with elite bend and strength to constantly change up how he attacks the opposing OL.

In terms of his moves as a pass rusher, Ojabo brings an assortment of pass rush moves featuring a strong euro step combined with a rip. The young pass rusher is adding to his pass rush arsenal and is working with renowned DL Coach Eddie McGilvera to help get himself pro ready.

I think Ojabo would be able to walk in and get immediate playing time in this weak Falcons front seven.


Author: Hunter Thompson

NFL and NFL Draft Analyst, Avid Falcons fan, and lover of all things football.

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