Ravens Draft Prospect Profile: Azeez Ojulari

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With edge rushers Matthew Judon, Yannick Ngakoue, and Jihad Ward departing in free agency, the Baltimore Ravens will most likely target a pass rusher early in the 2021 NFL Draft. There are plenty of intriguing options for Baltimore to choose from, but one name that has been linked to the Ravens on multiple occasions is University of Georgia edge rusher Azeez Ojulari.

Ojulari has an enticing mix of size, speed, and athleticism. He plays with great body control, and uses his frame to his advantage. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 240 pounds, so he’s able to use his speed off of the edge to work around offensive linemen, but he can also hold his own when he has to rely on strength.

In his three years as a Bulldog, Ojulari accumulated 68 total tackles, 15 sacks, five forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He had a career-high 9.5 sacks in his final season at Georgia in 2020, and showed improvement throughout his time in college.

Ojulari would provide some burst off of the edge for Baltimore and bring an immediate pass rushing presence. The go-to move in his arsenal is a cross chop, much like Ngakoue, who signed with the Las Vegas Raiders.

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While Ojulari has plenty of tools to be a star pass rusher at the NFL level, he is a bit of a project. He has to add a few more consistent moves to his game, as well as work on his overall technique. However, he uses his hands well and can contort his body in ways that make offensive tackles look silly.

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Overall, Ojulari would be a fine pick at No. 27 for the Ravens. He’s someone who can make an immediate impact, but also continue to grow and get better. Baltimore will need multiple impact pass rushers on their roster in 2021, and if the team selects Ojulari, he has the potential to take the Ravens’ defense to the next level.