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Cardinals’ 2023 Draft Analytics: B.J. Ojulari

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 05 Alabama at LSU Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 05: LSU Tigers defensive end BJ Ojulari (18) tackles Alabama Crimson Tide running back Jahmyr Gibbs (1) during a game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers on November 05, 2022, at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images.

Round 2: B.J. Ojulari, OLB, LSU

Grading Players Via a Touchdown of “P”s

  • Positional Prototype: Speed Rusher at OLB

6’2”, 248, 34 1/4” arms, 10 1/2” hands, 4.59 40, 33.5” Vert., 10’6” Broad, , 24 reps at 225

Per Lance Zierlein of

Stand-up rush linebacker with upside as a pass rusher but inconsistent effort stopping the run. Ojulari is bendy as an edge rusher and will wreak substantially more pocket havoc once he builds a more complete rush plan. He plays contain as a run defender and has the pursuit speed to spill the run wide or make tackles in space, but needs to play with consistent effort on all run snaps. B.J. Ojulari possesses all the tools necessary to start for an NFL team once he adds a bit more polish to his game.

Zierlein’s Player Comp: Harold Landry, Titans (ask Monti Ossenfort)

Harold Landry’s Combine Numbers:

6’2”, 252, 32 7/8” arms, 9 3/8’ hands.4.64 40, 36” vert., 9’11” broad, 24 reps at 225

Interesting Draft Pick Comparison:

  • 2019 NFL Draft: Harold Landry: #41 (TEN -Round 2)
  • 2023 NFL Draft: B.J. Ojulari: #41 (ARI-Round 2

  • Processing Alacrity (per PFF)

  • Ojulari has answers for almost everything an offensive tackle can throw at him. He already has a repertoire that’s well beyond his years. One of the more technically sound and assignment-sure edge defenders in the class.

  • Performance (per PFF)

Ojulari’s production was outstanding for LSU the past two seasons, having racked up more than 100 pressures and 100 tackles. Not to mention, he posted 17 sacks in that span, as well.

Per PFF:


  • He is a sudden mover who paces his rushes well to set up offensive tackles.
  • Bendy off the edge. Can turn the corner with a well-timed rip.
  • One of the more technically sound and assignment-sure edge defenders in the class.


  • No power aspect to his game. Rare to see him flat back a tackle
  • Struggles to shed consistently. Can get locked up in the run game.
  • Not particularly versatile. Pretty much has to play in space.

  • Passion:

Getting real with Get Gordon. BJ Ojulari talks about what wearing No. 18 means to him. He carries the traits of excellence every day on and off the field! #getgordonathlete #getgordon #yourteammatters #bjojulari #geauxtigers #lsu18 #lsu #lsufootball

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  • Presentation:

  • Personality/Character:

“The No. 18 is the player who brings all those traits of someone who leads in an extraordinary manner,” Kelly said. “... The attention to detail, great focus, represents the program in a positive way in the classroom, in the community and on the field.”

“Great person, great teammate and has a chance to be a really good pro.” — Regional scout for NFC team

ROTB Polls:


The player I most favored for the Cardinals at Pick #41

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    B.J. Ojulari, OLB, LSU
    (75 votes)
  • 13%
    Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin
    (43 votes)
  • 1%
    Julius Brents, CB, Kansas St.
    (4 votes)
  • 15%
    Brian Branch, S/NCB, Alabama
    (49 votes)
  • 3%
    Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin
    (12 votes)
  • 35%
    John Michael-Schmitz, C, Minnesota
    (112 votes)
  • 4%
    O’Cyrus Torrence, G, UCLA
    (13 votes)
  • 2%
    (9 votes)
317 votes total Vote Now

How did you vote and why?

With PJJ and BJO, do you see any common denominators?


Do you want more draft analytical profiles such as the ones on PJJ and BJO?

This poll is closed

  • 95%
    Yes, I am finding them enjoyable and informative
    (188 votes)
  • 1%
    No, I’m not learning much from these
    (2 votes)
  • 3%
    No, move on to other topics
    (6 votes)
196 votes total Vote Now