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Giants draft Georgia LB Azeez Ojulari in Round 2

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With the 50th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Georgia linebacker Azeez Ojulari.

Here is everything you need to know about the second-round draft choice:

2020: Phil Steele All-America Fourth Team selection...semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which goes annually to the nation's top defensive player...All-SEC Second Team by the league's 14 head coaches and the Associated Press...named to the AP All-Bowl Team...started in all 10 games...finished with 31 total stops, including 12.5 for lost yardage (tops in the SEC) and 8.5 QB sacks (also SEC best)...led team with 35 QB pressures, 11 more than any other teammate...Defensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl...had four solo tackles in the Bulldogs' win over Cincinnati, three of which were QB sacks...two of those sacks resulted in fumbles, the first recovered by UGA and the second ended the game with a safety...five tackles vs. Tennessee included two QB sacks...also forced and recovered a fumble on the first QB sack...named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after Tennessee game...had five tackles, a QB sack for an 8-yard loss, two more tackles for lost yardage and five QB pressures in Georgia's win over Auburn...had a QB sack for 9-yard loss on Mississippi State's final offensive play of the game, a 4th down conversion attempt from near midfield...credited with two tackles in season-opening win at Arkansas...named to the mid-season, expanded Watch List for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive player...named to the pre-season watch list for the Butkus Award (nation's top LB)...named one of three team captains for the Alabama, Miss. State and South Carolina games...named to the 2020 SEC Community Service Team.

2019: Won two awards at team's post-season awards gala: Defensive Most Improved (co-winner) and Leon Farmer Strength & Conditioning Award...played in every game, starting in 13...finished with 36 total stops, including a team-best 5.5 sacks and a team-high 34 QB pressures...had 10 QB pressures in the Tennessee game...was named one of three team captains for the Tennessee game, becoming the first freshman in the Smart era to earn that honor...his five tackles in Sugar Bowl win over Baylor included a third-quarter QB sack and forced fumble on fourth down...had five tackles, including a solo QB sack for a 10-yard loss, and three QB pressures vs. Florida...had four pressures vs. Arkansas State...assisted in QB sacks in both Murray State and Arkansas State games...one of four winners of Coffee County Hustle Award after Spring practice.

2018: Redshirted...saw his first collegiate action vs. Middle Tennessee State and had one tackle for lost yardage...also saw fourth-quarter action vs. Georgia Tech...played extensively in Sugar Bowl vs. Texas and had three tackles.

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High School: Marietta, coached by Richard Morgan...selected to represent the East in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl...247sports.com four-star prospect...Ranked as the #10 weakside DE nationally, #144 overall prospect and #18 prospect in Georgia...PrepStar Magazine three-star prospect and a member of the PrepStar All-Southeast Region Team...ESPN.com four-star prospect, #244 prospect nationally, #13 OLB in nation, #31 overall prospect in the state...Rivals.com four-star prospect, #173 prospect nationally, #7 WDE and #21 prospect in Georgia...2017 Marietta Daily Journal Dynamite Dozen...led Marietta to the semifinals of the GHSA 7A State Playoffs as a senior...recorded 118 total tackles, including 92 solo, with 11 sacks and 31 tackles for loss...played on the Savage Pro team at Nike's The Opening 2017 Finals...posted 103 tackles, eight sacks and 17 tackles for loss his junior season...also lettered in basketball at Marietta.

Personal: Full name AZEEZ O. OJULARI...intended major: Sport Management...recipient of the Don Leebern, Jr. and Don Leebern III Scholarship.

NFL.COM SCOUTING REPORT

Ojulari (pronounced oh-ju-LAHR-ee), a former four-star recruit, redshirted his first season in Athens, though he did play in three games as a reserve while maintaining the year of eligibility (four tackles, one for loss -- three tackles in the Sugar Bowl). He led the Bulldogs with 5.5 sacks in 2019 and was a co-winner of the team's Most Improved Defensive Player award with 13 starts in 14 games (36 tackles). He showed even more promise as a redshirt sophomore, garnering second-team All-SEC honors after leading the team with 12.5 tackles for loss (among 31 total stops). He tied for eighth in the FBS with 8.5 sacks and tied for second with four forced fumbles in 10 starts.

Strengths

  • Built like a superhero with a broad chest, thickly muscled arms and a tapered waist.
  • Humble teammate with tremendous football character.
  • First freshman in Kirby Smart era to be named a team captain.
  • Aggressive play demeanor has NFL starter written all over it.
  • Charges into pulling guards like a battering ram, stopping them dead in their tracks.
  • Very good upper-body twitch and strength to unhinge and shed blocks.
  • Contact balance to absorb blocks and maintain his base.
  • Lightning-quick playing off blocks and making athletic tackles.
  • Gifted change-of-direction to follow flow of the play.
  • Juice to chase down perimeter runs.
  • Will alter rush tempo to lull tackles to sleep.
  • Power chop and swivel hips to grease and flip the edge.
  • Leverage and power to capture and collapse a tackle's edge.
  • Booming closing burst helps him demolish quarterbacks.
  • Has reps dropping and covering tight ends and running backs.
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