Could the New York Jets consider Georgia edge rusher Azeez Ojulari when their No. 23 overall pick comes along?
Azeez Ojulari Info
- Georgia edge rusher
- Second-team All-SEC in 2020
- 6-foot-3, 240 pounds
- 31 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, four forced fumbles in 2020
How would Azeez Ojulari Fit into the Jets Roster?
Amid the potential departures of outside linebackers Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham, the Jets need a boost to their pass rush. This is especially the case when you consider how the team tied for 20th in the NFL last season with just 31 sacks.
Azeez Ojulari is thus an option for the Jets’ No. 23 overall draft pick and could quickly start if he were to come to Florham Park.
For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Todd McShay had the Jets selecting Ojulari with the 23rd selection in his latest mock draft.
Film Room Notes
Ojulari and Georgia’s 27-6 win over Auburn on Oct. 3, 2020.
Ojulari racked up five combined tackles (three solo), three tackles for loss, and one sack in the victory.
Pretty simple in this first clip — Ojulari needs to do a better job shedding the block. This is something he must work on as he transitions to the professional level.
Ojulari doesn’t portray superb levels of athleticism or acceleration here; once he’s initially slowed down, he’s essentially out of the play and can’t recover.
The Bulldog employs a great tackling form on the above play — he ultimately squares up, wraps up the ball-carrier, and drives his feet.
Ojulari doesn’t portray the necessary speed or effort to reach Auburn quarterback Bo Nix — this would become an issue in a league that’s seemingly increasing in speed year after year.
Not great footwork from Azeez here — he overruns Nix on a zone read.
This is a highlight-reel type of play from Ojulari as he executes a strong inside move to get to Nix for the sack — his lone sack of the contest.
And finally, an intelligent play from Ojulari here as he drops back in coverage but splits the difference between the quarterback and running back. This delays the pitch from Nix which buys enough time for additional defenders to come up and make the stop on third down.
Ojulari and Georgia’s 41-24 loss to Alabama on Oct. 17, 2020
Ojulari recorded a pair of tackles (both solo) and two pass breakups in the matchup.
Early in the game, Ojulari remains patient on this play and utilizes great vision in order to find a lane towards Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and pressure him into throwing a near-interception.
An athletic play; Azeez, while blocked, keeps his eyes up and swats away a Jones pass.
After shedding the block, Ojulari plays a role in Jones committing an intentional grounding penalty.
Finally, we have another athletic play from Ojulari — he gets blocked but is able to recover and utilize his great wingspan for the tackle behind the line of scrimmage.