Baltimore Ravens David Ojabo ’19 and Odafe Oweh ’18  Make a Pass-Rushing Pair to Watch
Rhett Moroses '13

What has seemed like a slight possibility for a number of months has now become a sensational reality. In April of this year, David Ojabo ’19 was drafted to the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2022 NFL draft, joining former Blair teammate and Ravens rookie standout Odafe Oweh ’18. During the 2017-2018 Blair football season, the potent pass rushers dominated the defensive side of the ball every Saturday, recording multiple sacks and making big-time plays. As outside linebackers, both Odafe and David will look to create similar havoc against NFL offenses on Sundays this fall.

The Blair careers of these defensive linemen started off similarly. Both Odafe and David came to Blair in the hopes of becoming standout basketball players. Former Blair head football coach Jim Saylor convinced Odafe that with his physical size and impressive athleticism, he could earn a college scholarship to play football. Once Odafe had an impressive football season his first year playing, it didn’t take much to convince David to do the same.

Odafe and David had incredible high school football careers at Blair, making profound impacts after playing only a few games in their lives. Odafe went on to find success at Penn State University, while David trailblazed at the University of Michigan.

In a recent radio interview on the Jim Rome Show, Odafe spoke about his old friend and teammate’s potential as an NFL player. “[David] is a natural savant in pass rushing,” Odafe said. “You can see it in the way he spins, you can see it in the way he takes the edge.” He also mentioned that not only is David incredibly athletic, he has a slight advantage over most rookies. He will be playing in the same defensive scheme as he did at the University of Michigan under Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator and former Michigan assistant coach Mike Macdonald. Confident in their prospects for the year ahead, Odafe told Jim Rome, “I am feeling blessed. I am happy to have my brother with me. We are just going to wreak havoc.”

The Baltimore Ravens open their season with the New York Jets at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, September 11. 
 

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