With the 2021 NFL Draft now less than two months away, most Titans fans have finally moved on from the disappointment den that was the month of February and now on to arguably the most critical offseason in franchise history.
To kick off his second week hosting the midday show, Buck Reising of A to Z Sports and 104.5 The Zone was joined by The Draft Network’s Trevor Sikkema to discuss some potential targets in the upcoming draft class.
Sikkema spent most of the segment on Mock Draft Monday discussing which pass rushers he believes would best fit the Titans’ needs on defense. But there was one prospect in particular that he likened to a current Titan: Azeez Ojulari.
Ojulari enters the 2021 Draft Class after an impressive redshirt sophomore season at the University of Georgia where the athletic edge rusher recorded 9.5 sacks. He also tallied an SEC-best 12.5 TFLs while appearing in only 10 games.
1st-round edge defender picks from last 3 years & potential '21 1st rounders — pass rush grade from final college season:
1 – Chase Young, 96.4
2 – Josh Allen, 94.4
3 – Nick Bosa, 92.5
4 – Azeez Ojulari, 91.7
5 – Brian Burns, 90.5 @PFF_College
— Brent Rollins (@PFF_Brent) March 1, 2021
At the 11:02 mark in the interview, Sikkema compares the similarities between Ojulari’s abilities as a pass rusher with current Titans edge defender, Harold Landry.
“When I look at Azeez Ojelari, I project him in the best way possible, to the same light that I saw Harold Landry when he was coming out of Boston College. I thought that Harold Landry won as a pass rusher in pretty unique and rare ways,” noted Sikkema.
Clocking in at 6’3” and 240 pounds, Ojulari is not going to overpower many offensive linemen once he steps into the NFL. But like Landry, Ojulari uses his overwhelming athleticism and supreme body control to his advantage.
“He’s a great speed rusher. He doesn’t quite have the inside move yet and he doesn’t have the power to his game that he’s moved to the pass rush format,” Sikkema noted. “He knows how to defend the run, but he has not translated that power into his past rush game yet.”
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) March 1, 2021
Even after a highly impressive SEC campaign in 2020, at 20 years old there is still PLENTY of room to grow.
“What gives me faith for him is really the motor that he plays with. He’s clearly very passionate about football, he’s passionate about succeeding, he’s passionate about getting the most out of his strengths,” said Sikkema.
“I think the ceiling is high for him, I really like his natural ability. He is without a doubt a top-3 pass rusher, at least for me, from this group coming out.”
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