Cleveland Browns trade-up target No. 3: David Ojabo – Michigan
David Ojabo is arguably the best EDGE rusher coming out of Michigan in this year’s draft, but he is taking a backseat to his former teammate, Aidan Hutchinson. The latter is projected to be the second-overall pick when Detroit is on the clock, and that’s not a bad option at all, but it might not be the best option in terms of Michigan defensive linemen.
Hutchinson is getting more attention due to the 2021 season he produced. He finished his final collegiate season with 14 sacks, 62 tackles, three passes defended, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. Ojabo didn’t have a slouch season by any means, as he totaled 11 sacks, 35 tackles, five forced fumbles, a recovery and three passes defended.
Ojabo is arguably going to end up being the sleeper of the first round and some team will happily draft him in a spot they likely never thought he’d be available. He is a fast and explosive player who can be a disruptive force.
Jadeveon Clowney is a player the Browns will try and re-sign in a couple of weeks, but even if he does return, that doesn’t mean Berry won’t still take a defensive end in the first round. Ojabo could be an insurance piece whether or not Clowney returns.
If Clowney can be re-signed, the Browns will be adding key depth. If Clowney goes elsewhere, Ojabo can fill that void, even if the Browns bring in someone else in the offseason.
Ojabo being paired alongside Myles Garrett could benefit him and Garrett greatly, much like how he and Hutchinson did at Michigan.