NFL teams meeting with individual players are a significant part of the draft process. These meetings typically happen at the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine Bowl or a private workout.
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven’t met with? Yes, they do. It happens all the time (like Lamar Jackson), but they have often spoken to other players at that position.
Who have the Baltimore Ravens met with so far? Well, WalterFootball.com usually has a good list, but with the state of the world as it is, it has become a tad tougher to find those tea leaves.
So far, teams have had access to players at the Senior Bowl and through Zoom Meetings. Therefore, I am going to profile players you should know and who the Ravens could select in the 2021 draft. Next up is Georgia edge rusher Azeez Ojulari. Let’s get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape
Weight: 240 pounds
Strengths: Plays with great effort and motor; uses hands well to get off blockers; fast enough to run around the edge; terrific first step, very quick; athletic player who is rarely on the ground. He played his best against the best! Can play in all types of defensive sets and could be used as a chess piece for many defenses.
Areas For Improvement: Can struggle against the run; when he’s asked to set an edge, he ducks inside at times. Ojulari could expand his pass rushing moves by adding another trick or two.
Other Notes: Redshirt sophomore who was a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and was second-team All-SEC.
NFL Player Comparison: Haason Reddick or Yannick Ngakoue (the Jacksonville version)
Draft Projection: Ojulari should hear his name called anywhere from the 20th to 32nd pick of Round 1. Not sure if he is a true Ravens-type player, as he may have issues “setting the edge” in the run game. For pure pass-rushing ability, he would be ideal. He should at worst be a pass-rush specialist from Day 1.
Photo Credit: Matt Stamey/Georgia Athletics