2022 NFL Draft: Scotsman David Ojabo selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round | NFL News


The 21-year-old linebacker, who grew up in Aberdeen after leaving Nigeria aged seven, didn’t start playing American football until he was 17; he tore an Achilles tendon on his pro day but was the 45th pick on Friday

Last update: 30/04/22 07:45

David Ojabo grew up in Aberdeen and didn’t start playing American football until he was 17

Scotsman David Ojabo was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas.

The 21-year-old linebacker was brought up in Aberdeen – having left Nigeria aged seven – and had been projected as a first-round pick before tearing his Achilles tendon in March.

Ojabo suffered the injury during a pro day practice drill at the University of Michigan and it proved enough for teams to pass him on the first day of the NFL’s annual event.

The Ravens believe he’s still a potential player and he was selected with the 45th pick on Friday.

“It was just a bump in the road,” Ojabo said of his Achilles. “It was my very first injury and just another hurdle that I will overcome.”

Baltimore general manager Eric DeCosta said the doctors gave a pretty promising timeline on when Ojabo could help the Ravens.

“They’re optimistic that at some point this year he’ll have a chance to play,” DeCosta said. “There might be a delay, but we believe he will come back with a vengeance and play exceptional football.”

Ojabo had not played the sport when he moved to America to attend a high school in New Jersey, where he competed in basketball before being encouraged to try American football at the age of 17.

He learned quickly and a year later was playing for the University of Michigan team, the Wolverines. Last year he was the star, sacking 11 times and helping his team win the Big 10 Championship.

There are many connections between Michigan and the Ravens. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh’s brother Jim is Michigan’s coach.

Mike MacDonald, the Wolverines’ 2021 defensive coordinator, was hired this offseason to fill that same role in Baltimore.

“That’s how I know it’s all part of the plan,” Ojabo said.

“What are the chances that the person who walks in and gives me a chance to play [at Michigan], does the guy that I am finally also go to the next level? I just know it’s all written down, man. It’s fate.”

Ojabo’s teammate and co-defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was selected by the Detroit Lions with the second overall pick on Thursday.

Ojabo had his parents with him for the draft, after they were flown in from Aberdeen to surprise him.




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