David Ojabo Drafted by Ravens: Baltimore's Updated Depth Chart After Round 2April 30, 2022
The Baltimore Ravens have selected Michigan pass-rusher David Ojabo with the No. 45 pick of the 2022 NFL draft on Friday.
The linebacker suffered a torn Achilles during his pro day in March, although ESPN's Adam Schefter reported a six-month timeline that could allow him to return a few weeks into the regular season.
It could make him a key part of the team's depth chart in 2022:
LDE: David Ojabo, Derek Wolfe, Justin Madubuike, Xavier Kelly
NT: Michael Pierce, Khalil McKenzie, Isaiah Mack
DT: Calais Campbell, Broderick Washington Jr., Aaron Crawford
Aidan Hutchinson got most of the attention on the Michigan defense last season, finishing second in voting for the Heisman Trophy, but Ojabo was also a key player for the Big Ten champions.
Ojabo tallied 11 sacks with five forced fumbles on his way to being named second-team All-American by the Associated Press. It was an impressive breakout for a player who had just one tackle across his first two seasons at Michigan, appearing defensively in just three games.
Though some could be concerned that the past season was a fluke, it also showed how good he can be when given the opportunity. With more reps, he could truly reach his potential.
Ojabo has ideal size for the position at 6'4", 250 pounds, while Bleacher Report Scout Derrik Klassen called him a "sudden, explosive athlete" who can "explode inside or outside to beat offensive tackles."
Even after the injury, Bleacher Report's Scouting Department ranked Ojabo as the sixth-best edge-rusher and No. 40 overall in the class.
Even if it takes some time for him to see regular action for Baltimore, the second-round pick could have a bright future with the organization.