NFL.com picks Azeez Ojulari as potential first-time Pro Bowler
Azeez Ojulari had a strong first year in the NFL last season.
The 2021 second-round pick set a new franchise rookie record with his eight sacks. He also became the first player in Giants history to register a sack in each of his first three games with the team.
NFL.com writer Nick Shook recently chose a potential first-time Pro Bowler from every team across the league. When it came to the Giants, he went with the former edge rusher out of Georgia.
As Shook writes, "Ojulari stormed out of the gate in his first season, recording a sack in each of his first three games, and set a new single-game, career-high mark with 2.5 sacks in New York's Week 7 win over Carolina. The rookie wall hit him, though, with Ojulari matching that total in his remaining games and finishing with eight sacks on the year. Ojulari enters Year 2 with a top talent -- first-round choice Kayvon Thibodeaux -- rushing opposite him, which should make the going a little easier for him. Defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale isn't afraid to turn up the heat, either, placing Ojulari on a course for greater success in 2022."
Ojulari finished his rookie campaign with 49 total tackles (29 solo), eight sacks, eight tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hits, one forced fumble and two pass breakups while playing in all 17 games.
The second-year pass rusher spoke to the media a couple weeks ago, where he shared that he gained 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason.
He also expressed his excitement about lining up opposite Thibodeaux this upcoming season and beyond.
"You know, players help each other every day. He's a great dude, so I was just happy to have him..." Ojulari said. "He's explosive for sure, a great athlete, too. Just can't wait to keep playing with him and getting better every day with him."
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'Great instincts' help Cor'Dale Flott transition to NFL
When Cor'Dale Flott and Wan'Dale Robinson talk about each other, it isn't just empty pleasantries between college rivals turned NFL teammates. It's genuine.
"There were a couple times I came over to the sideline to my coach, and I said, 'It's like [Flott] knows what I'm running a couple times,'" the Kentucky receiver recalled of the LSU cornerback. "That was really the only guy I felt like that against."
Conversely, the position coach on the other sideline was none other than former Giants cornerback Corey Raymond, who groomed Flott during a career with the Tigers that began with a national championship and ended with a third-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Now on the recruiting trail for the University of Florida – "I'm trying to find another guy like Cor'Dale Flott" – Raymond recently joined the Giants Huddle podcast to break down the former standout from LSU.
"Him being a smart player allowed him to do different things," said Raymond, who was hired as Florida's assistant head coach/cornerbacks this off-season after a decade with LSU, his alma mater. "He picks up defenses well. He understands a lot of different things that are happening out there. He has great instincts. He has an understanding of the game. He has all those attributes that are going to help him."