3 draft prospects with Mike Macdonald ties the Ravens should target

Justin Fried
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2. The Ravens could target David Ojabo

If the Ravens somehow find themselves with the opportunity to draft David Ojabo come April, they absolutely cannot hesitate.

Ojabo is viewed by many as a potential top-10 pick in this year’s draft class with some mock drafts projecting him to go as early as the first five or six picks.

Few players benefited more from Macdonald’s time in Michigan than Ojabo. While he was often overshadowed by fellow top prospect Aidan Hutchinson, Ojabo might just have the higher ceiling of the two.

A native of Nigeria, Ojabo grew up in Scotland and didn’t move to the United States until he was 17. His late start to football didn’t serve as a detriment, however,  as Ojabo still received offers to play the sport from up to 35 schools.

One of them was Michigan, and after redshirting his first year and playing sparingly in 2020, Ojabo took over as a full-time starter in 2021. And he quickly made up for lost time.

Ojabo burst onto the college football landscape recording 11 sacks in 13 games en route to being named first-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-American.

He’s an athletic dynamo with absurd length and explosiveness. Ojabo’s upside is immense, especially with his technical refinement as a pass rusher given how little experience he has at the position.

The Ravens might need to trade up to snag him, but he’s a more realistic target than Hutchinson who will likely go in the top-four picks. If the Ravens have a chance to draft David Ojabo, it’s likely they run to the podium.