SKOL Search: Azeez Ojulari Scouting Report

SKOL Search: Azeez Ojulari Scouting Report

Going into the season, there wasn’t a lot of buzz surrounding this EDGE class. It was thought to be Gregory Rousseau and a few other guys who had big question marks. As I type this in January, it has turned out to be a pretty good class overall and the emergence of guys like Azeez Ojulari are a big reason for that. Ojulari had an outstanding year at Georgia, amassing 8.5 sacks in 10 games, including 3 sacks in a dominant performance against Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl.

100-95All-ProEarly Round One
94.99-90Pro BowlerMid Round One
89.99-85Day One StarterLate Round One
84.99-80Potential Starter/Early ContributorRound Two
79.99-75Potential Starter/Early ContributorRound Three
74.99-70Spot Starter/Special Teams Day OneRound Four
69.99-65Backup/Special TeamsRound Five
59.99-55Backup/Special TeamsRound Six
59.99-55Potential BackupRound Seven
54.99-Practice SquadUndrafted

Azeez Ojulari

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 240 lbs

Strengths: Azeez has excellent vision and awareness on the field. Always knows what’s going on in front of him and keeps his motor running. Understands how and when to time his arms to bat the ball down. Does a really good job staying patient when going head-on with the quarterback. Has incredible bend around the EDGE. Balance is fantastic and can explode around a tackle. Pairs his bend very well with great initial burst and quickness to create havoc in the backfield. Knows how to use his hands effectively to keep the lineman from engaging. Displays a great motor and a willingness to play the run. Always keeps his nose around the football. For a true pass rusher, Ojulari is a capable drop back defender.

Weaknesses: Can struggle with quick/long tackles. Did show a tendency to get washed out at times because of his quickness. Displayed great athleticism and hand usage, but his plan of attack was inconsistent at best. Relied a little too much on his athletic ability. Needs to grow his toolbox of pass rush moves and counters to really be successful at the next level. His size and length could be an issue for some teams. Doesn’t display a ton of power at this point. Is a little small to play a true 4-3 DE but would fit great as a 3-4 OLB.

Bend9.5/10
Quickness/Burst14/15
Finesse4/5
Power2.5/5
Counters7/10
Awareness9.5/10
Run Defense8/10
Versatility8/10
Size/Length11/15
Tackling9/10
Grade82.5/100 Second Rounder

Azeez Ojulari is a really good player with traits that easily project to success at the next level but he has some work to do to get there. Unless he puts on 10-20 pounds, I see him as strictly a 3-4 OLB in the NFL. It’s not a bad thing, but I believe it will limit which teams will take him high in the draft. While he doesn’t have the highest grade on my scale, I could easily be convinced to take him in round one. His traits paired with a great position coach could make for a lethal combination.

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