Philadelphia Eagles First-Round Mock Draft: Week 16 Edition

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Michigan linebacker David Ojabo /

David Ojabo. 11. player. 811. . Defensive End. Wolverines

Few players have experienced the meteoric rise that David Ojabo has this season. He is considered a very raw prospect, having only started playing football in 2017, but Ojabo put together a fantastic season at Michigan, finishing the year with 11 sacks and 5 forced fumbles. That on-the-field production has launched him square in the middle of first-round conversations.

The type of raw potential and athletic burst that Ojabo possesses will have many front offices drooling come April. He pairs that athleticism with enough technique to make him a legitimate pass rusher from day one.

There isn’t much working against Ojabo save for his lack of experience and a small question as to whether or not he benefitted from surrounding talent. Ojabo spent much of the season playing second fiddle to potential first overall pick, Aiden Hutchinson. Perhaps it was Hutchinson’s dominance that allowed Ojabo to see an increase in production, but regardless, it was more than encouraging to see him put it all together for a season.

The Eagles’ greatest need is on the edge where the team has seen very little production. Brandon Graham will attempt to come back next season after tearing his Achillies, while Derrick Barnett is set to leave the team in free agency. The Eagles would be foolish to consider a reunion with Barnett, so that means there is a fairly large chance that the team to target a defensive end like Ojabo in the draft.

There are no guarantees with him, but odds are, Ojabo could become a valuable starter for whichever team decides to take a flyer on him.