The Falcons have a number of options for defensive end, but they do not have a lot of proven quality pass rushers in the mix. That means there’s certainly an opening for any young players who can prove they’re ready to make an impact, and one of those players might just be rookie Ade Ogundeji.
Per D. Orlando Ledbetter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ogundeji will sign his rookie deal today.
The Notre Dame product is coming off a senior season where he posted 6 sacks and a forced fumble, and our Eric Robinson likes his ability to play multiple roles within the defense with his strength and motor working in his favor. As Robinson notes, he’s not an elite athlete and was not a consistent force on tape at Notre Dame, so improving his technique will be important for him to maximize his talent and role down the line. In year one, chances are Ogundeji tops out as a reserve on the defensive line, but of course we’ll hope he can push for a larger role down the line with refinement and experience.
Give him a warm welcome, as well, and we’ll see if more signings are announced today besides Ogundeji and Avery Williams.