The Baltimore Ravens are confident second-round draft pick David Ojabo will make it back onto the football field in his rookie season as the Scottish linebacker recovers from a torn Achilles tendon.
Ojabo went from being a probable top-15 pick to wondering when his name would be called in the 2022 draft when he was hurt at Michigan's pro day last month, but the Ravens, who are 11/1 to win the AFC Championship, ensured he fell no further than No.45 overall.
Baltimore continued their great draft, having selected the top-rated Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton at No.14, by grabbing the standout Wolverines pass rusher on day two.
There are a number of connections that will instantly make Maryland feel like home to the Nigerian-born but Aberdeen-raised player.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was one of the first high-profile NFL figures to express his belief that Ojabo's future remained bright after the injury.
Harbaugh's new defensive coordinator - Mike Macdonald - also held the same job while working for Harbaugh's brother, Jim, at Michigan last year and was the man who untapped the Scot's vast potential.
He'll also be trying to cultivate a tandem with Ojabo's old high school friend, Odafe Oweh, an-already promising pass rusher whom the Ravens selected in the first round of last year's draft.
Ravens general Manager Eric DeCosta said he expects Ojabo will be ready to make his pro debut at some point this season.
"We rely on our doctors and trainers," DeCosta said. "They haven't seen him since the re-checks, but they're optimistic that at some point this year he'll have a chance to play.
"We've had multiple guys that have done it and come back with very, very predictable results.
"For us, there might be a delay, but we think he'll come back with a vengeance and play outstanding football."