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Giants 2nd Round Pick - #50 - Azeez Ojulari, EDGE
8 months ago  ::  Apr 30, 2021 - 8:31PM #1
Jon
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Overview

Fully grown 3-4 outside linebacker with NFL-ready strength and impressive explosiveness. Ojulari is better in pursuit than he is as an edge setter, but he is quick to slide off a block and either make a tackle or accelerate to pursue in space. His ability to attack pulling blocks and shut down potential running lanes was fun to watch against Alabama. He has quality rush burst with loose limbs, but has a limited number of rush moves. Ojulari hasn't learned to set up blockers yet. The strength, football character, explosiveness and athleticism all get check marks, but he won't reach his potential until he cultivates his pass-rush talent and learns to stay separated from the punch.




Strengths
  • Built like a superhero with a broad chest, thickly muscled arms and a tapered waist.
  • Humble teammate with tremendous football character.
  • First freshman in Kirby Smart era to be named a team captain.
  • Aggressive play demeanor has NFL starter written all over it.
  • Charges into pulling guards like a battering ram, stopping them dead in their tracks.
  • Very good upper-body twitch and strength to unhinge and shed blocks.
  • Contact balance to absorb blocks and maintain his base.
  • Lightning-quick playing off blocks and making athletic tackles.
  • Gifted change-of-direction to follow flow of the play.
  • Juice to chase down perimeter runs.
  • Will alter rush tempo to lull tackles to sleep.
  • Power chop and swivel hips to grease and flip the edge.
  • Leverage and power to capture and collapse a tackle's edge.
  • Booming closing burst helps him demolish quarterbacks.
  • Has reps dropping and covering tight ends and running backs.





Weaknesses
  • Strong but undersized to be setting hard edges.
  • Doesn't play with desired knee bend to help him anchor.
  • Will need to get off centered blocks more quickly.
  • Limited go-to moves as a rusher.
  • Gives away rush plan prematurely.
  • Rarely threatens tackles with quality counters.
  • Relies primarily on a stuff-and-run attack to try to find the edge.





Sources Tell Us


"Just too up and down. There are times when he looks like he has velcro on his jersey with the way blocks stick to him." -- Area scout for AFC team


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