BJ Ojulari Rookie Profile King Fantasy Sports

B.J. Ojulari - Edge - LSU

Welcome to the rookie profile for B.J. Ojulari. Ojulari was one of the better pass rushers in the nation during his time at LSU. Ojulari possesses all the tools to be a solid defender at the NFL level but projects to be used mostly as a pass rushing specialist as opposed to a true three down defender.

B.J. has a talent level that would typically see him drafted in the late first round or early second round but limitations on his skillset will likely cause him to fall to the latter portion of Day 2. His productivity at the NFL level will be extremely dependent on landing spot and the subsequent role his NFL team places him him.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 2″

Weight: 250 lbs

Age: 20

40-yard dash: DNP 

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: 32.5″

Broad Jump: 10’6″

Bench Press: DNP

College Stats

Defense & Fumbles Table
TacklesDef IntFumbles
YearSchoolConfClassPosGSoloAstTotLossSkIntYdsAvgTDPDFRYdsTDFF
2020LSUSECFRLB8124165.04.0000111
*2021LSUSECSODE1231235412.07.0000100
*2022LSUSECJRDE113424588.55.500001001
CareerLSU775112825.516.500022002
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/9/2023.

Notable Headlines

B.J. was a 4-star recruit coming out of Mariette High School before joining LSU.

In 2020 as a freshman, B.J. played in 8 games where he recorded 12 tackles, 4 assists and 4 sacks.

As a sophomore fer LSU in 2021, Ojulari recorded 31 tackles, 23 assists and 7 sacks. The 7 sacks would go down as his college career high.

In his final season at LSU, he recorded 34 tackles, 24 assists and 5.5 sacks before declaring for the draft. The tackles and assists would be his college career highs.

Scouting Report

Positives

Ojulari is a highly intelligent defensive lineman who is capable of playing anywhere on the defensive line with great effectiveness and productivity. He has a huge arsenal of pass rushing moves that rivals that of any defender in this draft class.

B.J. is quick and agile with great footbwork and is explosive off the line. He doesn’t possess elite speed but is more than capable of chasing down a player who gets lose in space.

Ojulari has a nose for the ball and always seems to put himself in position to make a big play on the ball and ball carrier.

Negatives

B.J. lacks size and can often be overpowered at the point of attack against the larger more physical blockers. He projects to be solely a pass rushing specialist due to his limited size and skillset.

Ojulari will need to bulk up a fair amount if he ever hopes to be an every down defender, these limitations led to him being used primarily as an up defender against the pass and led to him being used sparingly as a down defender against the rush. This limitation in skillset could limit the teams interested in drafting him as well as his subsequent role and usage throughout his career, he will need to significantly add size in order to be relied on as a three down defender.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Round 1/2

Ojulari is a great prospect, with good experience and production as a pass rusher. Has the moves you’d like to see in a rusher, with great speed for his size. He could be limited in the draft as he isn’t an every-down defender just yet, which could impact his value.


Post Draft Analysis

Arizona Cardinals – Round 2, Pick 41

Landing Spot

Sports Illustrated dubbed Ojulari as the best value pick in their entire draft class and they couldn’t be more correct. He was projected to go in the late first or early second and ultimately fell to the second round of the draft. Ojulari lands on an Arizona team devoid of any talent on defence whatsoever. He will immediately walk into a starting job from day one and could easily be a Pro Bowl-level defender as soon as his rookie season.


Fantasy Impact

B.J. is one of the elite edge rushers in this draft class and his speed could see him become one of the elite edge rushers in the entire NFL. As far as fantasy goes he is a great pick in IDP rookie drafts and will rack up boat loads of tackles and a handful of sacks.

Ojulari is undersized for his position but makes up for it with speed and an array of finesse moves that allow him to be effective when rushing the passer. He could turn out to be one of the best defensive linemen for fantasy football over the next five years.

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