Michigan's David Ojabo was viewed as a bonafide top-20 prospect back in mid-March. Unfortunately, the explosive EDGE tore his Achilles while working out at his pro day. That injury torpedoed his draft stock, but the 21-year-old could still hear his name called sooner than you might think.
After a hectic first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, let's break down the three most likely landing spots for Ojabo heading into Round 2.
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3. Houston Texans (No. 37)
The Houston Texans need to add talent at, well, pretty much every position. And from a pure talent perspective, Ojabo is probably the most gifted defender left on the board. Yes, the injury is a concern. But realistically, this is going to be a lengthy rebuild for Nick Caserio and the Texans; they shouldn't be focused on what Ojabo can give them as a rookie, they should be focused on what he can do in years 2-5. Given what he put on tape at Michigan, a healthy Ojabo should be able to do a whole lot for Houston.
2. Seattle Seahawks (No. 40, No. 41)
Whether it's Drew Lock or a rookie QB under center, it's not like the Seattle Seahawks will be contending for the division crown this season. That should allow the Seahawks to feel comfortable stashing Ojabo on the bench until he's 100% ready to get back on the field. And that's not exactly unfamiliar territory for this organization. The Seahawks spent a 2020 second-round pick on a similarly athletic pass-rusher in Darrell Taylor, and though he missed his entire rookie season due to injury, he's now one of Seattle's most promising young defenders. Players with as much talent as Ojabo are rarely available in the 40's, and this is the type of home-run swing Seattle should be taking at this point in the rebuilding process.
1. Atlanta Falcons (No. 43, No. 58)
The Atlanta Falcons might be thinking quarterback at No. 43, but if they pass on a signal-caller, Ojabo would be an excellent value. After trading Matt Ryan, the Falcons have finally admitted they're in a rebuild. Adding blue-chip talent is the name of the game for Atlanta at this point, and Ojabo has the highest ceiling of any pass-rusher left in this class. Plus, the Falcons are completely bereft of talent at EDGE. Drafting the 21-year-old would give Atlanta a much-needed building block upfront. Long, fast and explosive, a healthy Ojabo could turn into the superstar Falcons fans always hoped Vic Beasley would become.