The former 2-star linebacker from Michigan was chosen with the 77th pick by the Denver Broncos. That makes him the 3rd Hawkeye taken in this draft, following Tristan Wirfs, who was selected 13th overall yesterday, and AJ Epenesa, who was taken 54th by the Buffalo Bills.
Ojemudia was projected as a late-middle rounds guy throughout the year. He finished his senior season with 52 tackles, 3 interceptions, 9 passes defended and a fumble recovery for the Hawkeyes, who finished the year 10-3. The year got off to a hot start for OJ as he had interceptions in both the Hawkeyes’ first two games against Miami (OH) and Rutgers. He added his third pick in a 19-10 win over Illinois.
In Iowa’s 49-24 drubbing of USC in the Holiday Bowl, Ojemudia tallied five tackles - all solo - to go along with two passes defended and a fumble recovery.
Following the season, Ojemudia saw his draft stock climb. That began with a strong showing at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. OJ had a tremendous week of practice and turned a bunch of heads.
That performance was followed up by a tremendous showing at the NFL Combine. OJ had an intriguing combination of length and speed. We knew he was long, but he had the 4th longest arms and 6th longest wingspan of all corners at the combine. He also ran the 9th fastest 40 at 4.45.
Weight: 200 lbs
Arms: 32 1/4”
Hands: 8 7/8”
40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds
Bench press reps: N/A
Vertical jump (inches): 36.0 inches
Broad jump (inches): 122.0 inches
3 cone drill: 6.87 seconds
20 yard shuttle: 4.21 seconds
OJ sat down with Hawkeye Sports to talk about the experience at the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and seeing his draft stock rise.
You can view Michael Ojemudia’s full draft profile here.
Congratulations to OJ and the Broncos!