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49ers held pre-draft meeting with Georgia pass rusher Azeez Ojulari

Mar 17, 2021 at 5:08 PM--

The San Francisco 49ers continue to do their homework on edge rushers. Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the team has met virtually with George pass rusher Azeez Ojulari.

Ojulari (6-3, 240) saw his sack total increase from 5.5 in 2019 to 9.5 in 2020, per Sports Reference. He added 31 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, two passes defensed, and four forced fumbles through 10 games for the Bulldogs this past season. Ojulari was named the Defensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, during which he recorded four tackles, three tackles for a loss, three sacks, and two forced fumbles in a 24-21 win over Cincinnati.

"I just feel like my versatility, the way I use my hands and the way I can bend, I feel like I'm the most bendy and versatile," Ojulari said via Chan. "I have an explosive first step and I like to drop into coverage too. You're not just getting a pass rusher out of me, you're getting all three downs."

San Francisco could be seeking to upgrade its pass-rushing depth this offseason. Nick Bosa appeared in just two games last season before suffering a season-ending ACL injury. Dee Ford was limited to just the season opener before neck and back injuries sidelined him. Kerry Hyder, who led the team with a career-high 8.5 sacks, is an unrestricted free agent.

The 2021 NFL Draft begins on April 29.

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