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.
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 250 lbs
40-yard dash: DNP
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP
Vertical Jump: 32.5″
Broad Jump: 10’6″
Bench Press: DNP
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.
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.
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 really an every-down defender just yet, which could impact his value.
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