Edge Rusher Olubunmi Rotimi, NY Guardians
The New York Guardians have made headlines in recent weeks, but not in a good way. Former Raiders’ quarterback Matt McGloin gave an electric halftime interview where he called out his head coach, and subsequently got benched. Beyond that entertaining moment, edge defender Olubunmi Rotimi has put together a very impressive season.
While he’s only registered one sack on the year, Rotimi leads his position with 10 total pressures. The defensive lineman is more than just a pass rusher as he has the second-highest PFF run-defense grade among edge defenders with at least 34 snaps. This success as a pro comes as no surprise to anyone who pays close attention to Conference USA football.
In four years at Old Dominion University, Rotimi accumulated 138 total tackles, 25 for loss, and 19 sacks. He was also fairly versatile as he played defensive tackle his freshman and sophomore years before kicking outside his last two years in college. Unfortunately, he didn’t get much of a chance to prove himself in the NFL as he was cut by the Chicago Bears during the beginning of training camp his rookie year.
Rotimi’s quick release from Chicago shouldn’t too worrisome for Las Vegas, because that was more of a result of Hroniss Grasu‘s injury and the Bears need for a center than the pass rushers’ ability. Also, the Raiders have been looking for pass-rush help the last couple of years and clearly, he can help in that department.
Would Rotimi be a long-shot to make the roster? Sure, but he has certainly proved that he’s worth a training camp invite.