The Baltimore Ravens will be getting David Ojabo healthy this season, and it makes it feel like the team has an extra draft pick from this year. Yes, they had to sit on it for a year, and it took a lot of work from Ojabo, and the Ravens medical staff. Still, now he is healthy and ready to start his career.
Where would Baltimore Ravens DL David Ojabo get drafted in 2023 NFL draft?
It is an interesting thought of where Ojabo would get drafted if he entered the 2023 NFL draft. In 2022, he was a second-round pick despite a torn Achilles. If teams knew that he would be healthy a year later, how high would he go?
The first name to look at is Will McDonald. He went 15th overall, but you could probably make the case that David Ojabo would have gotten drafted in a very similar range. According to NFL.com, they had McDonald as a 6.41 grade, and Ojabo at 6.39, so they are close.
Beyond that, Ojabo is actually a year younger than Will McDonald despite having a year in the NFL. So, Ojabo has a year less of his contract, but all of his college production came at a younger age. If Ojabo was healthy, he probably would have gone ahead of McDonald. With his injury questions, he probably would have been the next edge rusher taken.
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Felix Anuduike-Uzomah 31st overall. NFL.com had him graded at 6.34, so in between Will McDonald and FAU was the grade of David Ojabo. It is easy to assume that if David Ojabo was healthy, he would have been a first-round pick in this draft class. Beyond that, even knowing he was healthy this year at his age, he probably goes right in that pick-30 range.
So, the Baltimore Ravens are getting a player who is a year older and is coming off of a serious injury. At the same time, they are getting someone younger than rookie Will McDonald, and he is coming back healthy thanks to the patience of the Baltimore Ravens staff.
If you could trade a second-round pick in 2022 for a first-round pick in 2023, would you do it? Is that essentially what the Baltimore Ravens did, if they can get Ojabo on the field this year?