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2016 NFL Draft Profiles: Michigan Defensive End Mario Ojemudia

Ojemudia's senior season in Ann Arbor ended due to injury and his redshirt request was denied, leading him to prepare for the NFL.

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The Basics
Age Height Weight 40-Time Bench Press
21 6'2'' 255 pound 4.82 seconds 20 Reps

Mario Ojemudia had an excellent start to his 2015 season, stepping in at the BUCK spot in Michigan's defense and showing extreme growth in his game. He tore his Achilles in the Maryland game, which ended his senior season. He attempted to receive a redshirt to play one more season in Ann Arbor, but was denied, leaving him to prepare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Strengths

Put everything together in the first five games of 2015. He is a defensive end by trade, but certainly has the tools to move to linebacker in the NFL. He fits the bill of a pro player physically and possesses a good punch. Good at shedding blocks to tackle the ball carrier. Jim Harbaugh believes he is a pro prospect, which scouts may hold in higher regard.

Weaknesses

Could be a bit quicker off the snap and chasing down players. Is not a pure pass rusher by any means and is a project having started only seven games in his career. Injury rehab could force him to miss time leading up to the season which may stunt his growth a bit.

Overview

All we ever really saw of Ojemudia while at Michigan were glimpses of what he could be. Had a great start to his senior season but his injury prevented scouts from seeing if he could build on that. He is a tough player that has shown enough to be considered a pro prospect, so he is definitely worth a flier at the back end of the draft. Should end up on an NFL roster in training camp, regardless.

Projection: 7th Round