By Steve Kelly
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Michigan linebacker David Ojabo suffered a torn Achilles during his pro day workout at the school.
Ajabo is one of the highest-rated defensive players in this year’s draft, and many mocks have projected him to go to the Eagles, who have picks 15, 16 and 19 in the first round in late April.
According to Schefter, doctors expect Ojabo to be on a similar recovery timeline to Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers, who tore an Achilles in July and returned to play in about six months. That would put Ojabo in line to miss a few weeks of the 2022 regular season.
Ojabo, who is ranked by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. as the No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2022 NFL draft and had been projected as a first-round pick, needed the help of his trainers to get off the field after he suffered the injury to his left leg Friday.
I know the #NFL is a cold business but watching the lack of concern or empathy from the scouts, coaches and observers following David Ojabo’s injury bugs me. Perhaps someone should’ve checked on him instead of grabbing the ball and moving to the next drill. Just a thought.. pic.twitter.com/28aR88zJfk
— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) March 20, 2022
This 2021 season was a breakout for Ojabo, who finished second on the Wolverines in sacks (11) and tackles for loss (12) behind Hutchinson, who is also a projected first-round pick. Ojabo saw his draft stock rise throughout the season and helped the Wolverines make it to the College Football Playoff for the first time while winning the Big Ten championship.
Ojabo was born in Nigeria and raised in Scotland. He started playing football in the United States only a few years before arriving at Michigan.
“I’m praying for him and hoping that it’s nothing long term or anything that will affect his draft stock,” Hutchinson said.