Azeez Ojulari is an instant upgrade for the Giants’ defense
I think everyone was surprised when former Georgia edge rusher Azeez Ojulari fell all the way into the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft and the New York Giants were able to trade down and select him with the 50th overall pick.
One person who really loves the value that the Giants got by selecting Ojulari is Dan Shonka, who is a general manager and scout for Ourlads Scouting Services.
“A freaking steal,” Shonka said regarding Ojulari, per the New York Post.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart revealed Ojulari’s best traits.
“High character and toughness,” Smart told The Post. “I think when you start trying to build a defense — whether you’re in the NFL, college or high school — it starts with what kind of toughness do you have? When you rank tough players, Azeez is really high. He strikes well with contact. He never shies away. He doesn’t complain when you go full pads — he wants every part of it.”
It also sounds like the Giants believe Ojulari should be able to come in and help right away.
“The thing that separated Azeez from others was he’s pro-ready with his hands,” said the Giants’ director of college scouting, Chris Pettit. “He’s instinctive. The guy has the ability to make big plays in big spots. He’s ultra-competitive. He has good instincts.”
I recently predicted what kind of stats I think Ojulari will put up as a rookie. You can find that article here. He should be able to come in right away and make a make a huge difference on a defense that didn’t have a legit pass rusher last season on the edge.
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