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Scouting the NFL Draft: EDGE Emmanuel Ogbah

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    Oklahoma State edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah sacks Iowa State quarterback Joel Lanning at Jack Trice Stadium Nov. 14, 2015. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

    Emmanuel Ogbah, EDGE, Oklahoma St.
    Ht. 6'4", Wt. 273, Arm: 35 ½", Hand: 10", Bench: 20
    40 yd: 4.63, 10 yd.: 1.59, 3 Cone: 7.26, Vertical: 35.5", Broad: 10'1"
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    After the Nigerian-born Emmanuel Ogbah moved to Texas and started playing football, he decided to follow a fellow Nigerian (Russell Okung) to Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were happy to land Ogbah, who played in every game as a redshirt freshman in 2013 and finished the season with 4 sacks and 5.5 TFL. He took a big step forward in 2014 when he was named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, notching 11 sacks, 17 TFL and 5 passes broken up.

    Then, in 2015, Ogbah had one of the best defensive seasons in school history. The Hendricks Award finalist totaled 15 sacks, 22.5 TFL, 7 QB hits and 19, pressures on the year and was named to the All-America team and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Despite his production and stellar combine measurables, though, he hasn't generated much buzz this draft season.

    Strengths

    • Length - Good height, ideal arm length
    • Frame - Stout, durable
    • Athletic - Explosive, good burst
    • Speed to Power - Bull rush potential
    • Flashes - Has shown ability to improve deficiencies
    • Production - Consistently in backfield

    Weaknesses

    • Hands - Trouble staying clean, disengaging
    • Bend - Lacks flexibility around edge
    • Moves - No pass rush variety
    • Anchor - Too easily moved against run
    • Instincts - Loses ball, slow to diagnose
    • Raw - Needs reps, could be slow to develop

    Verdict: Second-Round Pick

    The fact that Ogbah was able to produce in college the way he did with so many technical issues is a testament to the quality of athlete he is. Like Detroit's Ziggy Ansah, it could Ogbah time to develop into the type of player he can be. His potential will be tempting to 4-3 teams, though, especially in a weak edge rusher class.

    Based on his physical qualities and upside, Ogbah is a great option for the Cowboys in the second round if they pass on an edge rusher in the first. He's an ideal prospect to be a quick-twitch right defensive end that can kick inside on passing downs. He's a perfect fit for Rod Marinelli's defense and the type of prospect that could flourish under the coach.