3 Most Likely Teams to Draft Azeez Ojulari
Georgia's Azeez Ojulari is one of the most intriguing pass-rushing prospects available in the 2021 NFL Draft. He can be a multi-positional player and possesses the athleticism to be a contributor in a variety of roles at the next level.
Ojulari was seen as a late first-round pick following the 2020 college football season, but is moving up some draft boards with his Pro Day performance. The 6-foot 2, 250-pounder confirmed his explosiveness and potential as a top draft prospect.
Here are three teams that could draft Azeez Ojulari.
3. Minnesota Vikings (No. 14)
Ojulari has a good blend of size, speed, and agility. He's able to play both defensive end and outside linebacker, as well as a hybrid between the two. Head coach Mike Zimmer loves athletic skill types, and used a similar approach when the Vikings drafted likebackers Anthony Barr (2014) and Erik Kendricks (2015) out of UCLA. The Vikings need to add another edge defender, and the rumors surrounding Danielle Hunter have only confirmed that issue. Ojulari is an athletic fit in a Vikings defense that has lost some of it's stronger defenders the past few years.
2. Las Vegas Raiders (No. 17)
The Las Vegas Raiders' defense was a disaster again in 2020. Reinforcments are sure to be added for new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who built Seattle's dominant 4-3 cover defense. Ojulari has good lower-body flexibility, with the ability to fire out of his stance with good hip and pad level. That helped him produce 64 total tackles, 17.5 for a loss, and 15 sacks the past two seasons at Georgia. Last season was his best when he finished with 31 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks and 37 pressures. The Raiders added Edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue in free agency, but Ojulari could be the next defender to wear the Silver and Black.
1. Baltimore Ravens (No. 27)
The Ravens lost Edge rushers Yannick Ngakoue and Matt Judon in free agency, and will need to fill those gaps. Ojulari is not ideal at setting the edge in the run game, but for pure pass-rushing ability, he would be a no-brainer to add to the Ravens roster if the athletic stud slides this far in the first round.
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