Ranking 6 best edge rusher fits for Chicago Bears in 2023 NFL draft
2. Should Chicago Bears draft BJ Ojulari from LSU?
B.J. Ojulari is well known if you have been following the SEC. The younger brother of former second-round pick Azeez Ojulari, B.J. put up 103 pressures over the past two seasons and even had 24 as a rotational rusher during his true freshman season in 2020.
Ojulari plays like his brother is in the NFL, and it looks like he works out with Azeez often. B.J. Ojulari has the best arsenal of moves and counters of any of the edge rushers discussed in this group. He can set up moves throughout the game and work off of them. However, he is mostly a speed rusher, who relies on his ability to dip and bend around tackles.
The question is whether he will fall to the Chicago Bears pick, and how great of a fit he is. Ojulari sustained an injury and had a poor pre-draft process when he tried to workout through it. This is hurting his stock, so he could fall to the 53rd pick.
Ojulari would probably be best in a 3-4 scheme where he can stand up off of the ball and line up out wide. However, the Chicago Bears could also use him as a rotational rusher, and use him strictly as a defensive pass rusher early in his career. He could put on some muscle, and he has a similar body to his brother, who is shorter but has improved against the run, and played with hands down.
At the 53rd overall pick, Ojulari is probably the best player available regardless of scheme. It will be interesting to see if he fits the Bears' draft plans.