No. 4 player the Jaguars hope falls to the 2nd round – David Ojabo.
The Jaguars were supposed to host Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson for a workout but ultimately scratched it when former teammate David Ojabo suffered an Achilles injury at Michigan’s Pro Day.
Hutchinson still met with the Jaguars’ brass but Ojabo will have to miss training camp and won’t probably be available at the midpoint of the 2022 season. This could in turn affect his draft stock even though he’s expected to make a full recovery. Hutchinson has garnered the most attention of the two ahead of this year’s selection meeting but Ojabo was a fine prospect himself and a candidate to go in the middle of the first round.
Last year, Ojabo appeared in 13 games and posted 35 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, and five forced fumbles. That’s the kind of production you want from an edge defender and although the Jags would need to wait for him to contribute, he would be worth the wait. Derrik Klassen describes the Michigan product as a “high-ceiling speed-rusher” who may need a year to get acclimated to the NFL but has the tools to become a productive pass rusher.
It would be an odd draft strategy but the Jags could take pass rushers in back-to-back rounds in this year’s selection meeting. Also, Ojabo would become a realistic option in the second round if they go offensive line at No. 1 in the first round.