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Michael Ojemudia

Cornerback

#23

Experience: R

Height: 6-1

Age: 22

Weight: 200 lbs

College: Iowa

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Biography

Ojemudia (pronounced oh-jay-MOO-dee-uh) has grown into a steady performer during the course of his career in Iowa City. The Farmington Hills, Michigan, native did not like playing cornerback in high school because he did not get to hit often enough. His lean build forced him outside for the Hawkeyes, however, where he played in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman (five tackles, one pass breakup). Ojemudia started three games as a sophomore (29 tackles, one pass breakup in 13 games) before breaking out as a junior. He intercepted three passes in 2018, breaking up six others and posting 39 stops in 13 games (seven starts). Ojemudia picked off three passes again in 2019, leading the team in that category as well as in pass breakups with nine in 12 starts (also recording 52 tackles, one for loss) in a third-team All-Big Ten senior season.

Overview

The size, length and potential to make plays on the ball will be appealing, but tape shows a player missing the instincts and burst to close and challenge throws from off coverages. He's not as physical as teams will want for Cover 2, but a press-heavy scheme would keep him closer to his target and allow his length to factor more frequently. He doesn't display the qualities of a natural ballhawk, but the measurables could land him in the later rounds as a developmental prospect.

Strengths

  • Older brother played football at Michigan
  • Physical traits will garner attention
  • Looks the part outside with good size and long arms
  • Posted six interceptions since 2018
  • Adequate pedal and match in early stages against release
  • Flashed ability to press and phase-up routes
  • Long arms make him challenging to throw over
  • Didn't allow many explosive plays

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