6 edge rushers the Vikings could select in the 2022 NFL Draft

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David Ojabo (Michigan)


  • Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 250 pounds

2021 Stats:

  • 35 total tackles (12 for a loss)
  • 11 sacks
  • 3 pass deflections
  • 1 fumble recovery, 5 forced fumbles

The Vikings are looking for players that can help them win in 2022. But if they’re looking to buy low on a project, David Ojabo might be a good one to invest in.

Ojabo broke out as part of a Michigan team that went to the College Football Playoff. After playing in one game as a sophomore, Ojabo started 13 games for the Wolverines and tallied 11 sacks. Although his 42 pressures ranked 49th among all FBS edge rushers last season, he showed enough raw tools to be considered a first-round pick.

But then came the pre-draft process. Ojabo had an underwhelming combine and looked to make up for it at his pro day. During his workout, he ruptured his Achilles tendon and will be out for the next six months.

It used to be that an Achillies’ tear was a career-threatening injury. But several players, including Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers, have returned on a quicker timetable. It’s possible that Ojabo isn’t ready to contribute until November, but his upside is something that could be enticing if he falls into the second round.