David Ojabo is an impressive prospect who stepped into the spotlight along with his teammate Aidan Hutchinson in 2021 at Michigan. Ojabo is a disruptive edge rusher who uses a lethal combination of speed and power with his length to maneuver around blockers on his way to the QB drop point. When he cannot get a sack, he has a knack for the strip-sack using his long arms to swipe at the football. He displays a unique ability to contort his body with good balance and bend when working the edge. He can play standing up or with his hand on the ground.
In 2021, Ojabo has flourished in new Defensive Coordinator Mike MacDonalds Baltimore Ravens-style defense that often features a 2-4-5 defense where he and Aidan Hutchinson play standing up on the edges.
He uses his length and lateral quickness in the run game to reel in opposing runners out of the backfield. He has good strength and often defeats opposing blockers who try to anchor him in the run game. He can take on a run blocker and stand his ground and has displayed strong hand usage when needed to detach using a swipe move to detach.
Overall, Ojabo has an instant impact payer ceiling that is undeniable. He has not come close to his full potential, and whatever team decides to draft Ojabo will be investing in a player one or two years away from becoming a potential elite-level NFL player. Once at the NFL level, he needs to improve his hand usage and ability to detach from his blocker. He currently relies heavily on his physical gifts, but that's why the upside is so intriguing.
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