With Azeez Ojulari, Cleveland Browns defensive line ‘would be stout’
Azeez Ojulari says ‘it would be stout’ to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns and play opposite Myles Garrett
At pick No. 26 in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, it seems pretty clear that the Cleveland Browns will try and get either a cornerback or a defensive end. The question becomes, which player will be there for the taking and who will give them the top value for where they’re picking.
One name that seems like it has a small chance of sliding to them at 26 is Georgia defensive end Azeez Ojulari. The talented pass rusher is a rising prospect and just took some time to speak with Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com about the prospects of joining the Browns — particularly playing across from Garrett.
Ojulari smiled and laughed in excitement about such a combination would be “stout” and “sick.”
In addition to calling such a pairing “stout,” Ojulari said having a teammate like Garrett could lead to them trying to “race” one another to the opposing quarterback — and Cleveland fans everywhere would be the true winners of such a continual race.
The Georgia product also told Mary Kay that he would love to learn from Garrett, a player who Ojulari pointed out has already done it at the professional level. From there, he praised the incredible bend that Myles plays with, saying how unreal it is for such a big man.
As for size, that was touched on as well. With Ojulari, the one concern would be that he’s currently listed at 6-foot-3 and 240-pounds. That size indicates he would be best served as a stand-up pass rusher in a 3-4 defense, and Mary Kay asked him about that as well.
Ojulari pointed out that while he was at Georgia he “did it all.” He played in the two-point and three-point stance and said he could get up to the 255-260 range which would put him in the range with many other defensive ends.
Having said all this, the biggest question is whether or not he will be there for Cleveland at No. 26. Ojulari is one of the top edge rushers in this class — which doesn’t happen to be very deep.
For that reason, he might end up being gone before the Browns have a shot at making this dream pairing (or nightmare depending on who you ask) come to fruition.