Alabama (2020), Auburn (2020), Cinninnati (2020), Baylor (2020)
The ability to rush the passer with speed, flexibility and quickness is present in his game. This is a 34 OLB that can rush with his hand in the dirt or standing up. Ojulari has quick hands that allow him to slap the OT's hands down to gain leverage around the end. He can dip low to the ground and OT’s have a hard time controlling his speed around the bend. He is able to bend around the end well because he has very good body control and balance. This is an aggressive player that was able to tackle well on the ball carriers while in pursuit or in space.
The burst off the LOS when the ball was snapped was very on and off. There was not a huge motor in his game that was evident throughout game film. Against the run, he struggled to block shed off of OL that were directly in front of him. Ojulari would get overpowered a lot in the run game. At times, he was too aggressive when attacking a play. This showed greatly against read option and screen plays that were directed his way.
Azeez Ojulari is a 34 OLB that has very good flexibility and balance to bend around OTs at the POA. When he is rushing the passer, he wants to beat OTs with speed, quickness, and that ability to bend low. This is a OLB coming out of Georgia that was able to flash on the football field with his straight athleticism. He knows how to use his hands at the POA to excel in his swim and rip moves. However, against the run game, he struggled a lot. Ojulari had a hard time block shedding through OL when runs were coming directly at him. The ability to be a force in the run game simply needs some work. He is better off setting the edge to force the ball carrier back inside. He is an aggressive OLB that tackles opponents well in space and in pursuit. However, the constant motor to fly around the field was not always there. At times, Ojulari was too aggressive, and teams were able to fool him in read option and screen plays to his side. He does have the ability to drop back into coverage and cover TE’s and RB’s in the flat if he has to. Overall, this is and OLB that rushes with good speed, can create pressure, and you can have him rushing with his hand in the dirt or standing straight up.
The ability to be flexible and rush low to the ground with speed is present in his game. He has good quickness and acceleration while rushing the passer. Ojulari has a good play strength that benefits off quickness and speed. He has quick feet that allows him to change directions with quick cutting moves to either side of the opposing linemen. Ojulari does not have a strong motor and at times was lacking the complete burst that you want to see. However, the body control and balance is present when attacking at the LOS.
Pass Rush Ability:
Use of Hands
Pass Rush Moves
Big Play Ability
The first step jumps off the LOS was very streaky. Some plays he would have a good quick jump off the snap. Others plays he was much slower coming off the LOS and the burst was nonexistent. This is OLB that wants to rush with speed to beat OTs. Ojulari was able to beat OTs around the bend at the POA. Ojulari did have some success mixing in some power moves to the inside winning with lower leverage. He knows how to use his quick and strong hands to slap OTs hands down to beat them around the bend. I saw many clean swim, rip, and spin moves to win while rushing the passer. The ability to finish when rushing the passer is there if he gets that explosive jump.
Against The Run:
There were times where Ojularu flashed against the run coming directly at him. He would have to win with quickness if he is going to have a chance. He is able to shoot gaps but is not consistent in this area. There is not an amazing ability in Ojularu game to shed run blocks with force and he tends to get overpowered in this area. Ojularu is much better at setting the edge on run plays. He benefits off containing the RB’s to force them back inside. This is a OLB that is much better at chasing down the ball carrier in pursuit because of his straight speed and pure athleticism.
Set the Edge
Stack and Shed
Gap Shooting Ability
This is a tough and strong football player that was very competitive in the 2020 season for Georgia. There is no doubt that Ojulari’s playing strength is speed and straight quickness. He does have the ability to mix in some power to catch linemen off guard. Being able to have a finishing burst when getting around the bend of OTs was present in his play but his motor does lack at times.
When he was coming off the LOS, he can recognize the play that is unfolding. He can react to plays on the ground but he cannot always make an impact. At times, he can be too aggressive, especially on screen plays to his side. On these screen plays, Ojulari would take the bait of an open lane to the QB and the screen would pop off for positive yardage. This is a OLB that can rush with his hand in the dirt or standing in a two-point stance.