David Ojabo NFL Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report
Name: David Ojabo
The school: Michigan
Year: Second year red shirt
Measurable: 6’4 6/8 250 pounds
Ojabo was born in Nigera but moved to Scotland aged 7. He moved to New Jersey just before high school. Ojabo played football, basketball, track and field, and football in high school. The former Wolverine was a consensus four-star prospect on Rivals, 247 and ESPN. He didn’t start playing football until his junior year of high school. In his senior year, Ojabo had 33 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 8 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. He redshirted his freshman year at Michigan. For 2020, he has mostly played on special teams picking up just one tackle on the season. He’s started all of 2021 and has recorded 35 tackles, 42 pressures, 11 sacks and five forced fumbles.
First of all, Ojabo is a freak athlete for his height. He has speed, agility and explosiveness. He can fly around the corner. It developed a tearing and spinning motion, with the tearing resembling a good shot. Ojabo has the frame for an extra 10-15 pounds without sacrificing his athleticism. Even though he is 250 years old, he plays very physical football and is a willing defender. He can keep pace with running backs in coverage. When using its length/span, it shows the potential to stack and clear blockers. Ojabo plays the whistle and his engine heats up. On film, he shows incredible closing speed at quarterback. When he’s at the back, he does a good job of stopping the running backs from reducing.
His turn is solid but not elite. He is inexperienced in football, having played only five years in total. He struggles in run defense. Ojabo needs to learn to use his hands and length more to beat blockers. His pass rush moves still need more development. it comes out of the slam too high, negating its explosiveness. The former Wolverine needs to bend his knees more. It’s a bit small at 250 and looks like it could still fill its frame more. On film, he yields his chest too much to the blockers. He lacks counters in his game at the moment and has yet to show that he can string moves together.
Compatibility with Packers:
Ojabo would be a perfect fit for the Packers. He’s expected to be in the top 10-15, so to get there they’d have to trade or trade Aaron Rodgers for a high pick or another pick they could pack to move up. Right now he’s mostly a piece of clay, but he’s evolved a lot in a short time. The flashes he has shown point to the potential of a perennial, maybe even all-Pro professional bowl player. In the cinema, he seems to want to be more than a ferryman. Mike Smith would be almost the perfect coach to develop it. Look what he did with Rashan Gary. It would also be a big compliment to Gary. If he can add volume/strength and develop more moves, learn to chain, work on counters, use speed for power. He should follow a similar path to Gary. Back up the first year, in the rotation of the second year, and take over from the third year.