Cedric Ogbuehi, OT

School: Texas A&M  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Allen, TX
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 306 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

Whereas Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews were exceptionally highly regarded prospects dating back to their prep days, Ogbeuhi chose the Aggies over just a handful of other offers and redshirted in 2009.

He earned the starting job at right guard a year later but suffered an ankle injury in his first game (Arkansas) and missed the next three contests, ultimately playing in 10 games and starting six.

Noticeably stronger, Ogbeuhi (pronounced ah-BOO-hee) took his game to another level in 2012, forming a devastating right side of the offensive line with Matthews. With Matthews flipping to the left side to take over for Joeckel, the Aggies moved Ogbeuhi to the outside in 2013.

The Aggies have become somewhat of an offensive tackle factory. Although not yet a household name, Ogbuehi could be the third first round offensive tackle out of Texas A&M the past three years. Ogbuehi almost certainly would have earned a top 10 selection in the 2014 draft had he entered. Having already graduated, he strongly considered doing so and only elected to return to College Station when the Aggies took advantage of a new rule by paying more than $50,000 for an insurance policy to protect against an injury-related slip in his draft stock.

In the long run, his time at guard could serve him well, as he'll be more accustomed to the physicality of close quarters -- something that many rookie offensive tackles struggle with in their first year in the NFL. However, he's going through the draft process recovering from an ACL tear that will keep him out of team activities into at least August and possibly all of his rookie training camp.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Blessed with prototypical traits for today's tackle. Possesses broad shoulders, a trim middle and excellent first-step quickness and balance. He looks the part of a future NFL Pro Bowler with his easy knee bend and lateral agility. Ogbuehi has vines for arms and strong hands to latch and control, as well as the core flexibility to anchor.

He is light on his feet and can adjust in space when run blocking at the second level and, because of his rare combination of agility and length, is one of those few tackles capable of recovering if initially beaten off the snap.

Ogbuehi isn't just athletic; he's powerful, demonstrating the strength to simply drive defenders off the ball. He has started at guard as well as right tackle already and if he excels on the blind side in 2014 as expected, Ogbuehi's experience should provide his future NFL team plenty of flexibility.

WEAKNESSES: Upper-body technique hasn't improved, with inconsistent hand placement and a streaky punch, leaving him off-balance and allowing rushers to attack his breastplate.

Some passivity to his game, preferring to "catch" rather than control opponents. By over-setting on his initial kick-slide, he leaves his chest plate open to power rushes and will occasionally lean into defenders rather than keeping his feet shuffling.

Has a tendency to get too high off the snap when drive blocking, which leaves him vulnerable to swim moves over the top.

Ogbuehi is not only coming off a torn ACL injury that will not be healed before the draft, he has missed five games over his career with injury, sustaining an ankle injury in 2011 that caused him to miss three games and an undisclosed injury in 2013 (reportedly to his groin) that forced him out against Vanderbilt and UTEP. His overall effort level has been questioned in 2014, as if he doesn't want to get hurt while protecting his draft value.

--Rob Rang and Dane Brugler

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05/05/2015 - OT Ogbuehi clearly a pick for Bengals future...Alexander told Ogbuehi during the player's pre-draft visit to Cincinnati about his current and former players, the success they have had and his expectation that Ogbuehi can have a similar career. Alexander said that got Ogbuehi excited. "I did," said Ogbuehi. "They've all had a lot of success and they've all played long careers, so it's a good sign for me. Every guy that they drafted in the first round has had great careers." The Bengals knew they would have plenty of options when their turn came around at No. 21. They weren't going to be at the mercy of having to reach for a need. Their main target heading into the first round was on either side of the line of scrimmage.

Their positioning improved as the first round progressed. They were helped when St. Louis and San Diego made Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon the first running backs taken in Round 1 since 2012. Three cornerbacks - Trae Waynes (Minnesota), Kevin Johnson (Houston) and Marcus Peters (Kansas City) - were taken off the board as well. Head coach Marvin Lewis said the team's medical staff gave Ogbuehi clearance from a draft standpoint. Just how soon he'll be able to play this season remains to be seen. "We'll have to judge that once he gets here and we're laying hands on him every day, before we know where he is," said Lewis. "Obviously this is more of a nine-month injury, minimum, anyway. He had surgery in early January, so you're looking at September (at the earliest)." - The Sports Xchange



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