Position: Defensive Tackle
College Stats: 217 tackles, 13 sacks, 49.0 tackles for loss.
When you look up hard worker in the dictionary, Ogunjobi’s picture should be right there. The Charlotte defensive tackle took up football midway through his sophomore season and quickly turned into a dominant player. Due to his relative lack of experience, Ogunjobi was passed by many of the larger programs.
He fell into the laps of a new program in the Charlotte 49ers and immediately excelled at the college level. He had to wait until his junior season to finally face off versus FBS competition and he passed the test. Ogunjobi held his own versus some very impressive Conference USA offensive lines and did well versus the Power 5.
Lots of college experience. While Ogunjobi did not play football until his sophomore season in high school, he started every single game while at Charlotte. He experienced a transition from no program to playing in Conference USA within four years. During that time, he produced at a high level and never missed a game due to injury. That is an incredible accomplishment in its own right.
Ogunjobi comes with anger. He plays low and comes out of his stance firing. He loves to get in a strong punch and stun the offensive lineman as the play begins. He ran a 4.97 in the 40 yard dash, but plays incredibly fast with pads on. Many CUSA running backs had nightmares of being unable to get out of the clutches of Ogunjobi.
While his academic ability scares off some scouts, he seems to really enjoy the physicality of playing football and is fully prepared to wait on his next profession after a long NFL career. In other words, he has post NFL plans, but he loves to play the game.
Many NFL scouts look at Ogunjobi and see a player that will get bullied in the trenches versus big guards. He is only 6-3 with average arm length, a problem when he allows players to get in close. He will get manhandled at times with teams needing to weigh his production versus being overwhelmed at times.
Ogunjobi gets a little too excited when he breaks into the backfield, causing him to miss out on possible game changing plays. He has to play a little more relaxed at times and the plays will come.
Where will Ogunjobi be drafted?
Many experts have Ogunjbi as one of the top four defensive tackles on the board. He is no Jonathan Allen, but he has the ability to play either as a starter or a reserve that gets lots of snaps on a good football team.
I have gotten to watch Ogunjobi on a regular basis and I believe that he has the ability to work into a very good player in the right situation. The second round seems a bit too high for him in this draft, but he will hear his named called quickly in the third round. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Jacksonville give him a strong look. In the end, I think he will make it four more spots.
I predict that Larry Ogunjobi will get selected by the New England Patriots in the third round with the #72 overall pick of the NFL Draft.