49ers Draft Prospects: Who is Michael Badejo?

Apr 10, 2022 at 7:35 PM--

Who is Michael Badejo? He's a monster off the edge. Michael Badejo is a Texas Southern graduate, soon to graduate again with his Master's degree. Texas Southern is an HBCU school. Let me remind you of a few players before you say HBCU schools don't produce NFL-caliber players. Steve McNair (Alcorn State), Shannon Sharpe (Savannah State), Walter Payton (Jackson State), John Taylor (Delaware State), and Michael Strahan (Texas Southern) are just a few names to mention.

Wait a minute. How could I forget the most outstanding player, Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State)? The HBCU Schools have produced 34 Hall of Famers.

Who is Michael Badejo? He's a four-time All SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) award winner. He's the recipient of the Phille Steele All SWAC Award. He's a team captain and academic advisor that made the dean's list and the honors list.

Who is Michael Badejo? He's a hard worker on the football field. He's a man that took adversity head-on. Badejo transferred from SMU in 2018 to Texas Southern. He missed the 2018 season. In 2021, Badejo finished the season with 34 tackles, three sacks, six quarterback hits, fourteen hurries, and one pass deflection. He completed his collegiate career with 100 total tackles, 10.5 Sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups, and three forced fumbles. Badejo played so well that he was selected to participate in the first annual HBCU Legacy Bowl.

Who is Michael Badejo? He's a player who didn't receive an invite to the NFL Combine. Texas Southern's pro day was scheduled for April 1 but changed at the last second to an earlier date. Despite the adversity, Badejo showed up and showed out. He ran a 4.80 in the 40-yard dash—only .06 seconds slower than potential number one overall prospect Aidan Hutchinson. In addition, he bench-pressed 19 reps, two less than Purdue's star edge rusher, George Karlaftis. Badejo's vertical jump was 33 inches, and his broad jump was nine feet.

Who is Michael Badejo? A collegiate player whose name is trending upwards amongst NFL Scouts. He's received calls from the Titans, Texans, Broncos, Ravens, Panthers, Jaguars, Bears, Seahawks, and the 49ers. NFL draft analyst for The Draft Wire, Jacob Infante, said: "I did a report on him anyway, and I'm simply impressed."

Please get to know the real Michael Badejo in his interview by clicking the link above. Michael Badejo is a pass rusher who lives and plays on the edge. Texas Southern has already produced one hall of fame edge rusher named Michael Strahan. Could they possibly create another? Don't let the school name fool you; let the school name school you.
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  • zinn
    I do like your thought process. Whether Badejo is the right pick? Need to look at the kid.. But no doubt there are Edge possibilities in the 5th/6th/7th rounds without question.. The same with O line and Safety prospects.. You need to draft early, guys who will take your Offense to the next level. And IMHO, that means a WR at #63 and a TE at #91. Grabbing Alec Pearce at 63 and Jelani Woods at 91 with their skill set an Offense that cannot be defended. Pearce cannot be guarded 1-1 and has the speed to take a top off any defense. Woods, a freak athlete with room to grow is already a blocker like Kittle. Imagine Kittle and Woods lined up on one side or opposite sides and think about what Shanahan could call with those formations? It's death for Defense.. Take advantage of the depth in this years draft knowing that you can get a Corner with the comp pick in the 3rd, an O lineman in the 4th, a Safety in the 5th, a RB, a LB and another O lineman with your three 6th rounders and another WR with pick 262.. This will also be the deepest group in UDFA history.. Add few Gems from the USFL. Draft for a killer Offense. It's the formula.
    Apr 11, 2022 at 5:46 AM

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