David Ojabo falls to familiar spot with Ravens

David Ojabo was drafted out in the first round of the NFL draft…and in the perfect situation.

Ojabo was trending among the top-10 picks before suffering a torn Achilles tendon at Pro Day in Michigan last month, and fell to the Ravens at the No. 45 overall pick midway through the second round on Friday. It was a twist of fate that will cost him millions on his first contract but may surround him with enough familiarity to allow him to rise to stardom and later recoup lost earnings after likely completing his rookie season missed.

Ojabo is moving from one Harbaugh head coach to another, making the same move as his defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, who left Jim Harbaugh’s side in Michigan to join John Harbaugh in Baltimore. Under Macdonald in 2021, Ojabo broke out with 11 sacks in his only collegiate season in which he played more than one game.

“What are the odds that the person who comes in and gives me a chance to play? [at Michigan] is the guy I follow to the next level too?” Ojabo told Ravens media. “All I know is that everything is written. It means.”

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David Oyabo
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Ojabo came to America from Nigeria via Scotland at the age of 15 and started playing football as a junior in high school after watching teammate Odafe Oweh succeed in the transition from basketball. Oweh, a Ravens first-round pick in 2021, will again run quarterbacks against Ojabo.

Is there a chance that day will be this season or will it be paused until 2023?

“I’m definitely hopeful,” Ojabo said of his return this season, “but I can’t predict the future, so I’m just [taking it] Day after day, do as I am told. It was just a bump. It was my first injury ever and just another obstacle I will overcome.”

The Vikings will blame no one but themselves when their defenses are depleted for the next decade. For the second time in as many days, the Vikings traded a rival from NFC North who jumped on the board to design a receiver.

About 22 hours after the Lions moved up from 32nd to 12th to snag streaker Jameson Williams, the Packers rose Friday to top North Dakota state’s Christian Watson with a 34th overall win at the top of the second round to design.

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Christian Watson
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The Vikings needed to improve their passing defense, which ranked No. 28 in the NFL (252.9 yards per game) last season — and eventually did so by taking their first Day 2 pick (No. 42) on cornerback Andrew Booth used by Clemson.

It’s particularly interesting that the Vikings would help the Packers keep Minnesota torturer Aaron Rodgers happy. After the Packers traded Davante Adams to the Raiders and lost Marquez Valdes-Scantling to the Chiefs in free agency, the Packers passed receivers twice in the first round.

The Buccaneers, one of a record 10 teams not given a first-round pick, began the second round by drafting defensive tackle Logan Hall, who broke out with 13 tackles for a loss after 6 overall in his first three seasons in Houston had scored .5.

Hall fills the Ndamukong Suh-sized hole on the line. Suh is a free agent.

After no running backs or tight ends were selected in the first round for the first time in the joint draft era (dating back to 1967), running backs Breece Hall (Jets), Kenneth Walker III (Seahawks) and James Cook (Bills ) taken in the second round. Trey McBride (Cardinals) was the first tight end in 55th overall.

The Patriots’ first-round pick – Chattanooga guard Cole Strange at number 29 – was so unexpected that even Rams head coach Sean McVay admitted he was scouting Strange as a possible eventual third-rounder.

Bill Belichick struck again when the Patriots selected receiver Tyquan Thornton from Baylor, who ran the fastest 40-yard dash time (4.28 seconds) at this year’s NFL Combine, over the more established Alec Pierce (Colts) and Skyy Moore (Chiefs). David Ojabo falls to familiar spot with Ravens


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