The Measurables

Michael Badejo

EDGE – #1 Texas Southern

HT: 6020
WT: 265

Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Mansfield Timberview (Arlington, TX)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8472)
Phil Steele: N/A

Michael Badejo Scouting Report

Slightly better than average speed. Lateral quickness is subpar for the NFL level. Struggles to quickly change direction, very tight and stiff hips. Average first step. Good explosion off the snap. Accelerates very well. Decent upper body strength. Doesn’t have much room to create after being engaged. Not much of a brute. Balance is subpar. Struggles to consistently keep his feet. Flashes very decent bend ability off the edge.

Doesn’t really use his hands. Wins with pure intensity or through poor offensive line technique. Has a decent wrap up and finishes tackles with violence. Pursuit angles could be better. Plays very well coming downhill but struggles while working east/west. Good motor throughout the play. Attempts to pursue plays to the boundary. Motor is consistently there. Plays through the whistle consistently. Don’t see Badejo take plays off.

What we want to see from Michael Badejo in New Orleans

  • We want to see Michael Badejo show some start of refined hand technique in New Orleans. The Texas Southern star has so much potential as a guy who can step into a system and play lights out as a balanced edge rusher. We need to see some sort of technique to know how much better he can get.

Pre-Legacy Bowl projection

Michael Badejo is a raw project player with upside oozing on tape, but no mechanics to help him succeed. We like his athletic ability and Badejo plays with a lot of intensity, passion, and moxie. We like all of that. The issue is that he doesn’t project being a player who can really be fielded until year three at the soonest. Badejo might not have enough time to stick around in the NFL.

Right now, the technique isn’t there to back up what Badejo can bring to the table athletically. He’s a long-term project, someone who should float around NFL practice squads before getting his chance. We think Badejo best projects as an undrafted free agent at the NFL level.

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By John Vogel

NFL Draft Analyst. Dad.

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