The son of Nigerian immigrants, Larry Ogunjobi got a late jump on the football game as he didn’t start playing until his sophomore year of high school. He went on to enroll at the newly formed University of North Carolina at Charlotte football program. Ogunjobi ended his career as the program’s all-time leader in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and QB hurries, and would develop into a staple of the program’s growth.
Ogunjobi graduated as a legend in 49er football, especially following the words of head coach Brad Lambert where he would say, “[Larry] helped lay the foundation for us along with the rest of the senior class. His work ethic, specifically, has really helped elevate our football program. He’s been a rock in building this program and that’s set us up for good things in the future.”
A complex, smart individual, Ogunjobi was a double-major at Charlotte majoring in both Biology and Computer Science. He has also read the Bible multiples times. Ogunjobi presents a high character guy and exceptional teammate. After a tremendous showing at the Senior Bowl, he has built quite the case for the NFL teams and scouts.
Name: Larry Ogunjobi
Class: Senior (RS)
Comparison: Grady Jarrett (Atlanta Falcons)
Draft Grade: 3rd Round
Combine Results: 40-Yard Dash: 4.97 – Bench Press: 26 Reps – Vertical Jump: 32” – Broad Jump: 116” – 3-Cone Drill: 7.55 – 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.75
Positives: Consistently gets leverage and displays persistent leg drive. Typically can get a decent push. Active, pesky hand usage with good technique. Sheds blocks well. Curls arm to counter offensive linemen’s arm extension and keeps pushing. Gains separation on extended plays. Rip move is his “go-to”. Does the dirty work up front and typically demanded double teams in college. Angles body well to squeeze through the offensive line – especially split blockers. Shows effort in pursuit. Flashes ability as a tackler in close proximity. Saw time as both a 0-tech and 5-tech at Charlotte. Well-respected teammate who was a staple on that defense all four years. Extremely intelligent person. Sets high goals for himself.
Negatives: Lacks adequate athleticism. Slow mover. Lateral agility is subpar. No chance to make plays in space due to loose change of direction ability. Overruns screens. Inept to taking on jukes. Unaware of how to adjust to shift/cut blocks. Doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher. Doesn’t excel as a straight-line penetrator against the pass. Often times will look to take an extended route into the backfield if he can’t get through on initial burst.
Outlook: Ogunjobi is an intriguing in that he was a late bloomer who didn’t even start playing football until his sophomore year of high school. He was pivotal in the growth of the Charlotte football program. Ogunjobi is that type of guy on the defense who gets the job done by eating up blocks and clogging gaps – which is ultimately where his role will lie in the NFL. He isn’t flashy by any means and really lacks the athleticism you would like to see; but he’s so far along in his progression for someone who has only played 7-8 years based on what I can see out of his hand usage and technical aspect of his game. Ogunjobi does all the little things. With experience as a 0-tech and 5-tech at Charlotte, he fits best in 3-4 schemes. However, he could fulfill the role of a 1-tech in a 4-3 as someone who demands double-teams and frees up space for his linebackers to roam around and make plays. If he were a bit more athletic, he would be a legitimate 2nd round prospect. For me, he grades out as 3rd rounder due to versatility and technicality up front.