The son of Nigerian immigrants, Olumide "Larry" Ogunjobi (Oh-ghun-JOE-bee) took up football as a high school sophomore. He finished his career there as an all-Greensboro area pick, earning a scholarship from a home-state university in Charlotte that was starting a football program. Ogunjobi started every game in the school's history and led the team in tackles for loss in each of his four seasons. He wore an honorary number 49 jersey for the 49ers in their first-ever game in 2013, finishing the year with 42 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Ogunjobi excelled in his sophomore (48 tackles, 11.5 TFL, five sacks) and junior years (62 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks), even earning second-team All-Conference USA honors in 2015. In 2016, Ogunjobi was a first-team All-Conference USA selection as he accumulated 65, tackles, and led his team with 13.5 stops for loss and three sacks.
Low center of gravity with impressive power coursing through his hips. Wins race against blockers for first hands on opponent. Fires out of his stance and into blockers with coiled hips and a wallop in his punch. Strikes with leverage. Able to dislodge blockers with anchor issues. Plus athletic ability to mirror ball carrier once he locks in on target. Has speed to chase runners in space. Can set a strong edge or penetrate upfield. Makes impact tackles on the other side of the line. Hands are fast and powerful. Has strength and balance to fight through redirect blocks and maintain his journey to the quarterback. Uses powerful right-hand club to bat away blocker's punch and slide over the top and into the backfield. Constantly improving position as a pass rusher and can be a handful for a less-skilled pass protector. Pushes the pocket with his bull rush. Spends very little time on the ground. Intelligent; four straight years on Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Very average build for an interior player. Has continued to add weight while at Charlotte but likely needs a few more pounds. Below-average arm length makes it essential for him to get into blocker first. Will get big-boyed occasionally. Big guards with length able to disrupt his rhythm and alter his plans. Gets in a hurry when he smells a sack and will overrun target at times. Would benefit with more disciplined pursuit angles in space.
Sources Tell Us
"I went just to see what he looked like on the hoof and I wasn't all that impressed. He's a solid player but I just don't know if he's got the size to be really good. I didn't like his Louisville tape." -- NFC director of scouting
Watching Ogunjobi play is like watching a more raw version of Sheldon Rankins and with a little less efficiency of movement. Like Rankins, Ogunjabi uses leverage, quickness, and strong hands to counter his average size. Size and below-average length will work against him for some teams, but others who covet disruptive defensive tackles who can play in the backfield and generate some pressure will be studying him closely. Has starting NFL potential.