June 25, 2024

The Baltimore Ravens recorded a league-high 60 sacks last year, but to sustain that level of pass-rush this season, they’ll need some players to step up.

A key player in this scenario is third-year edge rusher David Ojabo, who could be facing a make-or-break season this fall.

Ojabo, a 2022 second-round pick out of Michigan, has only played five games in his first two seasons. A torn Achilles during his pro day sidelined him for most of his rookie year, and another significant leg injury early this season limited him to just three games, with only four snaps in the third one.

While Ojabo’s injuries are not his fault and are an unfortunate part of the game, they significantly affect his performance and perception, fair or not.

When healthy, Ojabo has proven to be a productive pass rusher. In his lone season as a starter at Michigan, the Nigerian-born linebacker recorded 11 sacks and showcased exceptional athleticism for his 6-4, 250-pound frame. It’s noteworthy that the Ravens drafted him in the second round despite his Achilles injury.

Sep 17, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) is tackled after a catch by Baltimore Ravens safety Geno Stone (26) and Baltimore Ravens linebacker David Ojabo (90) in the third quarter at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Albert Cesare-USA TODAY Sports

However, the key issue is “when healthy.” The saying goes that the best ability is availability, and Ojabo has not been available enough to make a significant impact.

The Ravens undoubtedly hope Ojabo stays healthy and returns to his Michigan form, but his performance after two major injuries is uncertain. If he suffers another injury or fails to make an impact, it’s possible the Ravens might decide to cut their losses and move on.

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