Defensive tackle is a position that can use talent injections with a long-term view, so it’s entirely possible the Bucks will target that position in the 2023 NFL Draft later this month.
To narrow down which players would be more preferred for the team, Bucks head coach Todd Bowles sought to find out by examining the physical profiles and athletic test scores of other defensive tackles previously involved in the draft. bottom. trend and minimum threshold Teams can be used to refine your search.After comparing these thresholds to current draft-eligible prospects, we identified four potential fits for Tampa Bay. Maji Smith Zach Pickens and Dante Stills Moro Ojomo of the Texas Defensive Tackle finished today.
A 2018 four-star nominee from Katy, Texas, Ojomo chose to stay at the University of Texas after receiving offers from 24 schools, including Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Oregon. The redshirt senior has recorded his 42 games, including his 12 in each of his last two seasons, throughout his career with the Longhorns.
With 95 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 passes defended and 1 fumble recovery, Ojomo’s performance never jumped off the page. However, he recorded career highs in tackles (32), tackles for his fouls (5.5) and sacks (3) in his 2022 senior season, making him his best season in his final season. saved.
Shigeru Ogami’s down-to-down play was the best last season. His pro his football his Focus stats are his 90.6, matching career highs in runs his defense (91.4) and his passing (84.1), and career highs in pressure (26) with just 206. Recorded. Hurry up and pass the snap.
One thing that will definitely affect Ojomo’s ratings by teams, including the Bucs, is his lack of playing time. Despite playing four seasons, Ojomo recorded only 1,594 total snaps, averaging just under 38 snaps per game in his career. That average dropped to 31 snaps per game as they used regular rotations in the defensive line.
Profile of Ojomo
At 6’2 1/2 inches and 292 pounds, Ojomo is definitely on the smaller side for an indoor defensive lineman. According to mockdraftable.com, his height is in the 34th percentile and his weight is in the 17th percentile.
Despite his small stature, most of his remaining physical and athletic profile is quite impressive. His arm length, hand size, vertical jump, and long jump are all above the 80th percentile. Ranked. And his athletic test is capped off with a 40-yard dash time and his press on the bench, both of which he ranks above the 60th percentile. In fact, the only number other than height and weight that he fell below the 50th percentile was the 10-yard split. All of this points to a player whose athletic prowess exceeds his height.
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Overall, Ojomo cleared the parameters I identified in 9 of the 11 areas tracked. They were height, arm length, 40-yard dash time, 10-yard split, vertical jump, long jump, 3-corn time, and short shuttle. 3 pounds off the cutoff) and bench press, and his 29 reps were shy of the 30 mark I identified.
College tape of Ojomo
Despite its lack of statistical production, Ojomo’s game has a lot to offer. In stark contrast to his dominating 10-yard split, Ojomo consistently takes quick first steps, which is the cornerstone of his exceptional play. This ability to fire from the line at speeds that opposing aggressive linemen struggled to match gave Ojomo the opportunity to shoot gaps quickly and wreak havoc in the backfield.
Here you can see an example of this in the following clip with Ojomo (#98) lined up above the right guard.
Ojomo’s burst from the line saw him break through the outside zone movement of Alabama’s offensive line and run through the center to knock down a running.
Building on this solid early trait, Shigeru Oshiro has shown his intelligence to control the point of attack in the run game, stacking his long arms into the blocker’s chest.
Using arm’s length to separate himself from the offensive lineman allows Ojomo to keep his eyes on the backfield so he can track ball carriers and quickly readjust to cuts.
Bucs will love the motor and quickness Ojomo brings to the table as a pass rusher. Again, his calling card is that quick first step that allows him to penetrate the inner shoulder of the guard most often. He arms it as a counter that seems to be his only real pass rush move at the moment.
With this ability, Ojomo recorded 26 pressures on just 206 pass rushing snaps last season, according to the PFF. His 12.6% pressure rate probably put him 1.4% higher than Adetomiwa Adabawore, who is a 1/2 round pick.
How Moro Ojomo fits in with the Bucks
Ojomo isn’t the perfect prospect, but he brings a number of projectable attributes to the table that will help bolster the Bucks’ defensive line room. He’s big enough (with room to grow) to act as a 4i in the base set and has a strong lower half.
On the nickel/pass rush set, Ojomo can kick in more inside as a 3-ton, and to complement his nose tackle Vita Vea, he becomes a gap-piercing pass rusher using long arms and quick bursts, and Bucs It should help give the front desk some juice. The four that were missing last season.