After breaking out last fall, Azeez Ojulari's stock is on the rise entering the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. The Georgia linebacker used his speed to make plays all over the field and his potential upside as an edge defender is why he could go as early as the first round.
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Azeez Ojulari Draft Profile
One of 2020’s biggest breakout stars, Ojulari was a force in the pass rush and a more than capable run defender playing standing up and occasionally with his hand in the dirt. He is fast and flexible, a true edge burner with the ability to simply run the arc before the offensive tackle can react, with the bendability and body control to flatten out and finish the play. He effectively uses his hands to ward off blockers. He chased down a lot of plays in pursuit as a run defender, and he was a patient edge-setter who got the job done as a play-side run defender. He also flashed the ability to drop into coverage.
Size is the biggest issue, as Ojulari is slight for an NFL edge defender and would likely be targeted in the run game early on.
His speed and ability to dip around the edge will put stress on opposing blockers from Day One, and his pass-rushing tools give him a high ceiling. He fits best as an OLB behind an odd or even front, and if he proves capable of setting the edge consistently, he should become a star.
Final Grade: 1st round