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.
|100-95||All-Pro||Early Round One|
|94.99-90||Pro Bowler||Mid Round One|
|89.99-85||Day One Starter||Late Round One|
|84.99-80||Potential Starter/Early Contributor||Round Two|
|79.99-75||Potential Starter/Early Contributor||Round Three|
|74.99-70||Spot Starter/Special Teams Day One||Round Four|
|69.99-65||Backup/Special Teams||Round Five|
|59.99-55||Backup/Special Teams||Round Six|
|59.99-55||Potential Backup||Round Seven|
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.
|Grade||82.5/100 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.