The Cleveland Browns started off Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft by selecting quarterback DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame with their second-round pick. With their final pick of Day 2, the Browns moved back to the defensive side of the ball, picking interior defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi of UNC Charlotte with pick No. 65 in the third round.
One of the biggest weak spots on the Browns defense was the open spot at the three technique defensive tackle position on the defensive line. The selection of Ogunjobi has the potential to fill this hole and be a big contributor for the Browns defense. In 12 games last season at Charlotte, Ogunjobi posted 65 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks. Can he be the answer for the defensive line, filling the three technique spot that has been missing for quite awhile?
His play will have to answer that question. But before then, let’s take a look at the film to see what the Browns are getting in their new defensive lineman. So, let’s get to the film to examine the strengths and weaknesses of Larry Ogunjobi. Roll the tape!
Larry Ogunjobi wins many of his one-on-one battles because of his ability to quickly get off the line and make the first move against the blocker. The three plays above show this quality. In the first play against Georgia State, Ogunjobi is lined up over the left guard. The Charlotte star wins the battle because he is able to maneuver his body quickly to swim under the grasps of the guard and right past him into the backfield. He is so quick that he is able to meet the running back before the back even hits the line of scrimmage. In the second play versus Kentucky, Ogunjobi is lined up in the A gap between the center and right guard. Ogunjobi shows off his short area quickness by making a really swift move to the right. His move completely surprises the center who initially bursts to his right off the line. The defensive lineman’s quick and surprising move left the center trying to recover to get back onto Ogunjobi, but Ogunjobi was too athletic for him to catch up, leading to the Charlotte star rushing into the backfield. Though he did not make the tackle, Ogunjobi was able to force the runner to the outside where there was no way to go.
In the final play against Georgia State, Ogunjobi is lined up over the right guard. Georgia State runs a hand-off, where the right guard is called to pull to the left and the center to roll over and block Ogunjobi. But, Ogunjobi is just too quick for this blocking scheme to work. The center is not able to get a hand on the defensive lineman, who bursts out of his stance and into the backfield with impressive explosion for a man his size. He does not make the tackle (due to his weakness of tackling) and the run is successful, but this play shows his impressive get-off. For a big man, he has impressive explosion and quickness at the line of scrimmage, which helps him make the first move against the blocker. Winning early is a huge aid for the rest of the play for any trench player.
One of Larry Ogunjobi’s biggest strengths is his active hands and strong punch he can lay on blockers. The three plays above show off these assets. In the first play against Georgia State, Ogunjobi is lined up over the center. Ogunjobi fires out of his stance and lays a heavy punch on the center, moving him back a yard on just that blow. The defensive lineman than uses his strong hands to fight off the center’s hands from getting ahold of him and keeping him at bay. Ogunjobi is able to completely plow the center back into the pocket. His penetration and his teammates’ rushing caused the quarterback to flee the pocket. In the second play versus Louisville, Ogunjobi is lined up over the left guard. He fires off the line and gets his hands immediately on the guard. He then uses his hands to swipe away the hands of the blocker, getting the center off balanced and allowing him to remain free to continue rushing up. He uses his arms to wall off the blocker and keep shooting up field and into the backfield. He is able to put pressure on the quarterback because of his strong hand usage.
In the final play against Louisville, Ogunjobi is lined up in the A gap between the center and the right guard. Once again he is able to be the first one to make contact. He initially just bull rushes the right guard, getting the guard on his heels. He, then, uses his hands to swipe the arm of the guard away, leaving Ogunjobi a free lane to get to the quarterback and put a hit on the quarterback. Ogunjobi has active hands that are always moving and looking to hit the blocker. He uses his hands to try to gain advantage against the blocker. He also is able to unload heavy punches that can stun blockers.
Larry Ogunjobi is a strong man at the point of attack, able to stuff the running lanes by overpowering offensive lineman. Here are three plays that illustrate his impressive strength. In the first play against Kentucky, he is lined up in the A gap between the center and right guard. Ogunjobi is able to fire out of stance and gain a quick advantage. But, he then uses his strength to hold the offensive lineman off with just one arm. The offensive lineman is even holding the Charlotte star around the waist. But, Ogunjobi is able to power up field without getting pushed off course, allowing him to be in the right place to meet the runner in the backfield, even though the runner fumbled. In the second play versus Georgia State, Ogunjobi is lined up in the A gap between the center and right guard. Ogunjobi comes out of his stance and has to take on both the center and right guard. The defensive lineman is still able to penetrate into the backfield while taking on two blockers. His penetration forces the runner to go around him. Ogunjobi is also able to get free and help clean up the tackle.
In the final play against Georgia State, Ogunjobi is in the A gap between the center and right guard. This play shows his ability to play stout at the point of attack. He fires out of his stance and takes on the center. Throughout the play, he is able to stand his ground and not get pushed out of his spot. This makes the running lanes smaller for the runner, who chooses to run inside to the right. When the runner approaches the line, Ogunjobi is able to overpower the center and get away from him, allowing him to meet the runner and help stop him for a short gain. Ogunjobi is powerful man at the point of attack. He is able to keep his ground against almost any blocker and even multiple blockers. He helps fill up running lanes and blow up running plays. This ability will make him an immediate contributor against the run.
For a man his size of 6-foot-3, 305 pounds, Larry Ogunjobi has impressive movement skills that allow him to get around the field smoothly for a defensive tackle. The three plays above show this ability. In the first play against Kentucky, Ogunjobi is lined up in the A gap between the center and right guard. The play has the running back running to the left edge, away from Ogunjobi’s side. But, the Charlotte star is able to get away from his blocker and sprint down the line to reach the runner about to hit the line of scrimmage. He dives for the runner and is able to slightly slow the runner down, but not bring him down for a tackle. But, his movement skills were on display, showing the ability to flow down the line and make plays across the field. In the second play versus Louisville, Ogunjobi is lined up in the A gap between the center and right guard. Louisville runs a stretch run to the outside right edge. Ogunjobi is able to slip past the center he is engaged with. He is then able to flow down the line of the scrimmage and than make an athletic leap over a player on the ground, simultaneously extending to make the tackle on the running back. He is able to help take the runner down with the rest of his teammates.
In the final play against Kentucky, Ogunjobi is in the A gap between the center and left guard. The running back is designed to run to the left, but Ogunjobi gets free from his block and causes the runner to cut to the right. The back makes a good move running through a hole and gaining a good amount of yards. But, Ogunjobi shows off his movement skills on this play. Even though the runner went away from him, Ogunjobi is able to change directions smoothly and chase the runner through the hole, allowing him to make the tackle down field. He did not give up on the play and he used his movement skills to chase down the runner and make the tackle. Ogunjobi has impressive movement skills that help him make plays in the run game that are not always in his area. These skills also can help him as a pass rusher.
Though he possesses good strength and hands, Larry Ogunjobi can struggle with consistent body positioning to utilize those strengths. Here are three examples of these weaknesses. In the first play versus Georgia State, Ogunjobi is lined up in the A gap between the center and right guard. He fires off the ball and into the center. He sees that the running play is coming his way, but that gets his body positioning out of whack. He is still engaged with the blocker, but he turns sideways, messing up his leverage against the blocker. With his body positioning off balanced, he is completely pancaked by the center. In the second play versus Georgia State, Ogunjobi is lined up in the A gap between the center and left guard. He fires out of his stance, coming into the left guard with his lower half sideways. This allows the guard to push him off his spot and away from the hole that the runner is about to enter. It only took that initial off balance stance to get pushed one step out of the way.
In the final play versus Kentucky, he is lined up over the center. Ogunjobi once again fires out of his stance, attacking the blocker with sideways body positioning. This time when he did that, his feet got too far behind him, leading him to getting easily tripped up and fall to the ground. Had he stayed square and with his feet more underneath him, he might have not been tripped and if he still got tripped, he could have possibly withstood it without falling to the ground. Ogunjobi has the strength and hands to control blockers, but he uses bad body positioning sometimes, negating those strengths. He must get more controlled and utilize the proper attack stance. With this weakness and the next one, tackling, his lack of ideal length contributes to both of them. He cannot afford to be in bad positioning because he does not have the length to keep the blockers away from his body in those weird positions. With the bad positioning and shorter arms, it can lead to getting controlled more easily by blockers.
Larry Ogunjobi can struggle tackling, in particularly because of his pursuit angles and shorter arms. Here are three plays that illustrate this struggle. In the first play versus Louisville, Ogunjobi is rushing the passer against the Louisville pass play. Ogunjobi makes a quick move and uses hands well against his blocker to get free and have a free path to the quarterback. But, he takes a bad angle to the already scrambling Lamar Jackson, leaving him to have to bring the quarterback down with his arms. He is unable to corral the quarterback with shorter arms, letting the quarterback go free. In the second play versus Kentucky, Ogunjobi once again uses his quickness and strength to beat his blocker and gain a path to the quarterback. But when he gets to the quarterback, he only tries to tackle using his arms, which once again is not a great tactic because of his shorter arms. He comes up short in attempt to get his other arm on the quarterback, allowing the quarterback to get free.
In the final play versus Georgia State, we saw earlier in the film room his impressive get-off. He explodes off the line and into the backfield before the blocker can reach him. He has a straight path to the running back, but he takes a bad angle to the runner, causing him to completely be out of position to tackle the running back. His pursuit angle was too angled toward the quarterback rather than the running back who the play had getting the ball. Ogunjobi’s pursuit angles can be improved with more control as a player. With better pursuit angles, he can limit the problem of having shorter arms because he can more square to the ball carrier and not have to reach with his arms as much.
Pass Rush Skill Set
With his get-off, hands and movement skills, Larry Ogunjobi should be a good pass rusher, but he lacks a refined pass rushing skill set. The three plays above show this weakness. In the first play against Louisville, Ogunjobi is rushing the passer from the B gap between the right guard and tackle. He comes off the ball in a pass rushing situation, facing off against the right tackle. He tries to lay a strong initial punch against the tackle, but the tackle is able to withstand it. Ogunjobi, then, struggles to get away from the big tackle, showing no pass rushing moves besides a straight bull rush. He had no counter to the initial stalemate with the tackle. In the second play versus Georgia State, he is once again in a pass rushing situation, this time going up against the center. Ogunjobi comes off the snap, going directly at the center with a bull rush. He tries to possibly make moves to get around the block, but the center is able to withstand the rush attack and keep the rusher at bay. Ogunjobi did not show any counter moves to try and get away from the blocker. His hands also were not active enough to try to gain separation from the offensive lineman.
In the final play versus Louisville, Ogunjobi is in a pass rush situation, facing off against the right guard. Ogunjobi was most worried about keeping his eyes on the quarterback rather than trying to get past the blocker and reach the quarterback. He comes off the ball and does not fire a powerful initial punch. He pretty much just pushes on the blocker, showing shot hand moves or quick moves to try and get around him. Once he sees the quarterback move, he tries to run around the edge, but the right guard easily mirrors the rusher. Ogunjobi once again did not show any sort of pass rushing moves or hand usage. He was stalemated and did not have any counter moves to rely on. Ogunjobi has quickness, good hands and solid movement skills, but that can’t get him all the way in pass rushing situations. He must learn to refine his pass rushing skill set and add moves to be able to counter when his get-off, hands, power or movement skills are not enough to get away from a blocker.