What they’re saying about the Ravens taking Michigan’s David Ojabo, UConn’s Travis Jones on Day 2 of NFL draft – The Mercury News

Here’s what experts from publications around the country had to say about the Ravens’ moves in the second and third round of the 2022 NFL draft, during which Baltimore selected Michigan outside linebacker David Ojabo at No. 45 overall Connecticut defensive tackle Travis Jones at No. 76 on Friday.

ESPN

Ojabo: “Ojabo would have been long gone by now had he not torn his Achilles at his pro day, and it’s unclear when he’ll be good to go. But the Ravens get a talented young edge rusher with a high ceiling. He is a perfect fit for their scheme in the second round. With 2021 first-round pick Odafe Oweh on one side and Ojabo on the other, this could be a scary Baltimore pass rush for years to come.”

Jones: “With nine-year veteran Brandon Williams a free agent, the Ravens draft the second-best nose tackle in the entire class. Jones improved his pass-rush game to a point that he can become a three-down player in the NFL, but he immediately profiles as a two-down run-stuffer who will push veteran Michael Pierce for playing time in the defensive line rotation. ”

Sporting News

Ojabo: “The Ravens love Odafe Oweh, their late first-rounder from 2021. Ojabo is his best friend and also was inspired by his explosive, relentless play in getting after the quarterback, a reason why he rose up boards fast through the Combine before suffering an Achilles’ injury at his pro day. Baltimore can stash Ojabo for the future as an impactful situational pass rusher at first.” Grade: A+

Jones: “The Ravens continue a strong draft by working on a replacement for Calais Campbell, going into his Age 36 season. Jones also brings a massive frame with strength to overpower blockers from the 3-4. He can also help out at nose when needed.” Grade: A

Pro Football Focus

Ojabo: “Ojabo reunites with close friend and high school teammate Odafe Oweh and Michigan defensive coordinator Mike McDonald. The pass-rusher was once seen as a possible top-20 pick, but after a ruptured Achilles at his pro day, he slid to the middle of Round 2, where he became a great value. Ojabo is an extraordinary athlete who flashed top-tier talent this past season, producing multiple elite pass-rush game grades above 90.0. At the same time, his production his was somewhat inconsistent, and his run defense his is a big issue. He played just 560 snaps in college and has been playing football for less than five years. Nevertheless, while he’s far from refined, he has a high ceiling with his tools.”

Jones: “Travis Jones has first-round talent and lasted to the middle of the third round of the draft. Unfairly labeled as just a run-stuffing nose tackle, Jones wins as a pass-rusher as well, racking up 25 pressures last season. He played inferior competition to other high-end prospects, but when he did play Power-5 competition, he was dominant. Baltimore has a long history of succeeding with players of this body type.”

USA Today’s Nate Davis

Ojabo: “Despite the Achilles tear he suffered at his pro day, his upside is too much to pass up. Ojabo follows Mike Macdonald, the Wolverines defensive coordinator in 2021, back to Baltimore, where he’ll play for Jim Harbaugh’s brother, John. And a redshirt year would likely benefit Ojabo anyway given he made one tackle as a sophomore in 2020. A native of Nigeria who grew up in Scotland, Ojabo (6-4, 250 pounds) exploded for 11 sacks last season and will eventually bring needed juice to Baltimore’s pass rush.”

Jones: “Coming off his career with the Huskies, when he posted 8½ sacks and 19 TFLs in three seasons, Jones was a standout at the Senior Bowl before the 6-4, 325-pounder tested well at the combine – highlighted by a 4.9-second 40. He’ll inject some youth into a D-line still anchored by Calais Campbell.”

CBS Sports

Ojabo: “Incredibly high upside because of his burst/bend and pass-rush move flashes. He Suffered torn Achilles at his pro day, so his rookie season is in doubt. Such a shrewd Ravens pick. With more power — which he needs — Ojabo can be a perennial Pro Bowl rusher.” Grade: B+

Jones: “Big, wide-bodied NT with some pass-rush ability thanks to his nasty club move. For his size his, he moves well upfield but wo n’t threaten most interior blockers with his quickness his. Good run defender too. Extreme Ravens pick. Shrewd.” Grade: B+

Yahoo Sports

Ojabo: “The Ravens do it again. Every year they seemingly find value and stick their big-picture vision. Pass rush was a need, and though Ojabo could miss significant time following an Achilles injury, this is terrific value here. Consider Year 1 a redshirt season of sorts for Ojabo, but in a few years his edge speed his could be a problem.” Grade: B+

Jones: “The Ravens keep winning. Every pick has represented good value. Jones won’t be a stat stuffer, but he’s an ox-strong 0- or 1-technique and a pretty darned good fallback after Jordan Davis went a pick ahead of them in Round 1. Jones showed out at the Senior Bowl, where his power was a problem for blockers.” Grade: A-

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