Georgia Pass rusher Azeez Ojulari is the only 3-4 pass rusher on my list. The other guys on this list are all more traditional 4-3 defensive ends but that shouldn’t take Ojulari off of. Standing at six-foot-two and weighing in around the 250-pound mark, Ojulari is considered a tweener.
That is not a concern for me as he is a cross between Vegas end Yannick Ngakoue and Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. For those of you who don’t know, Lawrence and Ngakoue are both under six-foot-three and both are at the 250-pound range depending on where you reference their weights.
Ojulari has the quick first step and burst much like Yannick Ngakoue but also can set the edge and anchor down for the run like Demarcus Lawrence.
Like Lawrence, Ojulari’s weapon of choice when rushing the passer is the cross chop. It is an effective move where the defender tries to use the momentum of the blocker against himself. The 9.5 sacks and 37 pressures this past season suggest Ojulari has a knack for this move.
Ojulari is going to make a team extremely happy and could surprise a few people with where he gets selected in this year’s draft. He could go as high as 11th overall to the New York Giants or as far as the top of the second round.
It would surprise me if he did get to the second round as he is likely the safest defensive end prospect in this year’s weak class of pass rushers. Ojulari will be able to contribute right away for a team but the only question is will it be at defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker.
Ojulari in Dallas would make me feel a lot better about the position as a whole. He could help Randy Gregory attacking the blindside but could also fill in for Lawrence because of his good run support skills.
Ojulari in the Leo position is also intriguing. If the Dallas Cowboys were to trade back and acquire extra picks or players, Ojulari past the 15th selection is a win in my book.