We wondered which NFL team was going to be the beneficiary of others’ hesitation to draft Azeez Ojulari. The answer is the New York Football Giants, who picked the edge rusher with the 18th pick in the second round.
Ojulari is a fantastic fit for the Giants 3-4 defense, a solid run defender, and athletic enough to drop into zone coverage. But primarily Ojulari is a phenomenally effective pass rusher. The SEC leader in sacks in 2020, and a man who recorded 14 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss in the past two seasons.
That kind of production is no accident. NFL teams often tie themselves in knots scrutinizing players to the nth degree. Wondering if being a half inch too short or having feet a half size too small or liking licorice means that a guy won’t pan out. This isn’t that kind of pick. The Giants have taken one of the most productive football players to come out of Athens in awhile, and more than likely he’ll be productive in the League as well.
Ojulari supposedly dropped some due to concerns about a knee injury. Even assuming that’s the case, Ojulari has been otherwise durable during his college career. Again, I’d expect that to continue as well.
All in all this looks like a homerun pick for the G-Men, and a nice landing spot for a beloved Bulldog. Until later…