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BACKGROUND: Adetokunbo “Ade” (ah-DAY) Ogundeji (O-gun-day-gee), who is the son of Nigerian immigrants, was born in Pontiac, Mich. and grew up in Southfield where he fell in love with baseball. With his size, he was introduced to football in the eighth grade and attended Walled Lake Central High School after moving to West Bloomfield.

After becoming a starter as a sophomore, Ogundeji led the team to the 2014 district championship as a junior and posted 68 tackles and 9.0 sacks, earning Honorable Mention All-North honors. As a senior, he played in four games before a right knee injury prematurely ended his 2015 season.

Ogundeji also lettered in basketball for Walled Lake Central.A three-star defensive end recruit out of high school, Ogundeji was the No. 40 strongside defensive end in the class and the No. 17 recruit in the state of Michigan.

He received his first offer from Western Michigan and committed before his junior year. More offers started to pour in and Ogundeji de-committed from WMU prior to his senior year. He considered offers from California, Oregon, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers before committing to Notre Dame. The Irish honored the scholarship after his knee injury as a senior. Ogundeji graduated with his degree in design (May 2020). He accepted his invitation to the 2021 Senior Bowl.

STRENGTHS: Long, rangy frame...uses his arm extension to lock out and set a hard edge...shows the grip strength to snatch-and-toss...long-strider with the straight-line speed to chase down ball carriers...uses his long steps to widen outside before creating an inside rush track...skilled spin move...uses his backfield vision to track the football...has a knack for poking the ball out (six career forced fumbles)...relentless hustle and the coaches spoke highly about how he finished as a senior captain...led the team in sacks (7.0) in 2020.

WEAKNESSES: Plays tall with a high center of gravity...his rigid hips are highlighted when attempting to turn the corner...lacks the contact balance to stay onhis rush track or efficiently work through bodies...his rush attack is mechanical and predictable...struggles to break down and finishin space...long arms, but not a bully with his hands...needs to better strike with an upward motion to jolt and create movement at the point of attack...can be caught up hand fighting and lose the edge...inconsistent mesh pointreads...only a one-year starter in college and is still learning in several areas...didn’t record a tackle for loss vs. the run in 2020...missed most of his senior year of high school with a partially torn MCL in his right knee (September 2015)

SUMMARY:A one-year starter at Notre Dame, Ogundeji lined up at field defensive end in former defensive coordinator Clark Lea’s four-man front. With only one start over his first four years on campus in South Bend, he patiently waited his turn and became a captain in 2020, leading the team in sacks. A talented height/weight/speed prospect, Ogundeji has intriguing length and pursuit ability. However, he doesn’t efficiently use his long-levers to create movement or defeat blocks and his body stiffness hinders his ability to win the corner. Overall, Ogundeji has the natural length, heavy hands and speed that give him a chance, but he needs to play with better power, leverage, and instincts to be a consistent factor on the edge. He projects as a developmental inside/outside rusher.GRADE: 5th Round

 

Overview: Referred to as “Ade” by his teammates, Ogundejicame to the Irish as a developmental edge prospect with a lot of traits to work with. That skill set is still apparent on his film.

Sporting a long frame with notable explosiveness, Ogundeji is a tough man to handle coming off the edge in one-on-one situations. He has shown the ability to win with speed as well as flashing some power to counter inside.

In the run game, he provides outstanding effort with his ability to penetrate gaps quickly. All the tools are there, but they are still quite raw. Serving as a backup throughout his career, Ogundeji has not handled a high volume of reps.

The small sample size is a hard sell for evaluators. With technical refinement needed, Ogundeji is a long way from regular playing time.

Background: Name is pronounced Ah-duh-kun-bo O-kin-dee-gee. Played in 10 games during the 2020 season, leading the team in sacks with seven. A 2020 team captain who participated at the Reese's Senior Bowl.

 

NFL.com grades him at 5.84.

Adetokunbo Ogundeji (pronounced ah-DAY-tok-uhn-bo oh-gun-day-gee) was just 17 years old when he enrolled at Notre Dame, and was injured as a senior at Walled Lake Central High School in Michigan. It was no surprise, then, that it took time for him to work his way into the rotation with the Irish. He played just five games as a redshirt freshman in 2017 (no statistics), then got more playing time in 13 games as a backup the following season (22 tackles, three for loss, with 1.5 sacks). Ogundeji only started one game as a junior in 2019, but posted 34 stops, seven for loss, with 4.5 sacks in 13 appearances, tying for the team lead with three forced fumbles. He was a team captain and 12-game starter as a senior, garnering honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2020 (23 tackles, team-high seven sacks). He accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl. -- by Chad Reuter

Overview
Plodding defensive end with traits to garner late-round attention from 4-3 and 3-4 teams. Ogundeji's football frame and play have both improved over the years. He's long and possesses good upper-body strength, which have frequently been physical traits that foreshadow an ability to improve with more coaching on the next level. He needs technique work and a more diversified rush approach. He must find a way to create pocket turmoil since his lack of fluidity and agility are likely to prevent him from making many plays in the run game. A backup role could be his absolute ceiling.
Strengths
  • Added over 60 pounds of mass/muscle since arriving on campus.
  • Play and production has shown steady improvement.
  • Arm length could become a bigger problem for tackles with more work.
  • Usually lands first punch off the snap.
  • Traits to punch, extend and hold the point of attack.
  • Bull-rush potential could be in his future.
  • Can be tough to anchor against when he generates momentum.
  • Strength to stab and slide inside attacking tackle's inside post.
  • Upper-body power can create imbalance in tackle's stance and posture.
Weaknesses
  • Very tight through his lower half.
  • Inability to bend and drop pads impacts anchor consistency.
  • Slow in his shed-and-tackle technique.
  • Hasn't displayed enough instincts to key on certain blocks.
  • Lacks functional agility and change of direction as tackler.
  • Plodding feet attacking with upfield rush.
  • He's long but hands are too slow within pass-rush engagement.
  • Too content being pushed well beyond rush track.
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 I have to say I kind of like him. He's got nice burst out of his stance and gets upfield quickly. He has great length and can initiate contact with the OT. He has pretty good leg drive and an effective bullrush. In a lot of these plays he gets the OT into uncomfortable positions. I can see where he might get dinged for not having the elite athleticism to finish these plays but he is still pretty disruptive. You can do a lot worse at this point. 

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One of my favorite late prospects. Great length (35 and 1/4" arms, 6'4" and a half). Shows an elite first step at times. Improved each year.  Think if he drops to 250 he's in the low 4.6 area. Has a prototype 3-4 pass rushing LB body type. Gotta work on his technique shedding and add to his pass rush moves and consistency but has a whole heap of upside. 6 sacks on straight up freak ability alone.  Great value pick here.  He's probably better than Mingo right now...

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1 hour ago, Beast-N-Da-Sheetz said:

I'm not even going to try lol. Nicknames usually get annoying around here, but in this case, it's much needed.

You can shorten his name to Ade. Pronounced Ah-Day. It's a Yoruba name for King. 

His entire first name translates to "Royalty from Afar." 

Ogundeji translates to "Ogun" (a West African deity of war) deji means two. Likely he is the second born, possibly a twin. 

Edited by Bunchy Carter
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