Following the DeShone Kizer selection the Browns went back to addressing the defensive side of the ball at No. 65 with the selection of Larry Ogunjobi.
Ogunjobi became the first player in UNC Charlotte history to be drafted in the NFL. Ogunjobi has a great story as he didn’t begin playing football until he was a sophomore in high school. He was a 350-pound high schooler and began playing to lose weight. Football virtually saved his life and got him into better shape.
The Browns got a good look at Ogunjobi at the Senior Bowl as the Browns coaching staff coached him on the South team.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock liked the Browns selection saying:
"“He’s a quick one-gap-and-go guy. He affects the pass game. The problem is he can play up or down to the competition. When you see the best of what this guy can do, he’s a starting three-technique. But he’s got to be more consistent and better with his hand use.”"
Ogunjobi posted a great senior season in 2016 as he was named first-team All-Conference USA with 65 tackles, 13.5 for loss and three sacks.
One of the most appealing attributes about him is that he is one of the smartest players in the draft. For four straight years he made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll at NCC.
In the Gregg Williams’ defense it would be expected Ogunjobi would be the Browns starting 3-technique or be a rotational player with Jamie Meder.
A preview of the Browns starting defensive line courtesy of Pete Smith:
The Browns are placing a high priority on getting young athletic players along the defensive line. Ogunjobi answers a need for the Browns at the 3T position inside next to Danny Shelton.
At 6-foot-3, 305 pounds, Ogunjobi can be a handful for interior offensive linemen with a solid combination of size and strength.