2017 NFL DRAFT

Emmanuel Ogbah, DE

School: Oklahoma State  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 273 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3861-2

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
4.562.681.5820 35 1/210'1"4.507.26

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Carolina Panthers | #31
    The Panthers improved their rotation at defensive end by re-signing veteran Charles Johnson to a one-year deal. But he has struggled with durability and the club already lost Jared Allen to retirement. Ogbah, the two-time defending Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, would pair with Kony Ealy to give the Panthers a formidable young set of edge rushers.
  • New York Giants | #12
    The Giants rank near dead-last in the league in team sacks and aren't receiving the production they need from their edge rushers. Ogbah is among the NCAA leaders in sacks (13) and has the character and talent that fits the Giants' franchise.
  • Buffalo Bills | #19
    They released Mario Williams, so there is a major void in terms of pass rushers. Jerry Hughes is solid, but the need more. Ogbah had an impressive combine and can rush the passer.
  • Carolina Panthers | #31
    Losing Jared Allen to retirement saps some of the depth on the defensive line. Even with Charles Johnson back and Kony Ealy a breakout candidate, this team still needs some more pass rush help from the end position.
  • Carolina Panthers | #31
    Let Ogbah learn technique from Charles Johnson, Kony Ealy and the rest of the guys up front.
 

Player Overview

Ogbah was named an All-American, the AP's Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Ted Hendricks award after leading the conference in sacks (12.5) and tackles for loss (16.5) while setting a school record with 19 quarterback hurries as a junior. He finished his career with 28 sacks.

One of college football's breakout prospects in 2014, Ogbah earned his first start in the 2014 season opener vs. Florida State and showed right away that he was one of the best players on the field. He finished his sophomore season with 17.0 tackles for loss and 11.0 sacks, ranking among the conference leaders in both categories.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Already has the look of an NFL player with a well-proportioned build and the grown-man strength to bully blockers off the edge. A disruptive presence whether lining up on the right or left side, sporting an exciting combination of speed, length and power. A power defender who plays a physical brand of football, but also looks comfortable in space when asked to drop and cover.

WEAKNESSES: Still learning the nuances of the position. While highly thought of in the scouting community, Ogbah is battling the history of high-round picks from Oklahoma State who have failed to live up to expectations in the NFL.

COMPARES TO: Vinny Curry, Philadelphia Eagles - Ogbah is a balanced athlete with the physicality and coachable mentality that can be molded in the NFL, similar to Curry when he entered the league.

IN OUR VIEW: Ogbah is still learning the complexities of the position and lacks elite explosiveness, but he's a balanced athlete for his size and never shuts it down, exhibiting the effort needed to collapse the pocket. He will be a favorite in the building due to his work ethic and make-up.

--Dane Brugler (2/8/16)

 
 
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Player News
01/07/2016 - Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he has declared early for the NFL draft. The AP's Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year led the conference in sacks and tackles for loss and set a school record with 19 quarterback hurries while helping the Cowboys reach the Sugar Bowl. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound junior finished his career with 28 sacks. In his best game this season, he scored a touchdown, forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble and had a sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry in an overtime win at West Virginia. Ogbah thanked Oklahoma State's coaching staff in his announcement. "I am very humbled to be in the position I'm in today and none of it would have been possible without your guidance and leadership," he said. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said during the season he expects Ogbah to excel on the next level. "Someday, whenever that may be, this year or next year, somebody's going to get a big-time player," Gundy said. "They're going to be glad they have him on the roster." The decision wasn't much of a surprise - Ogbah participated in the Senior Day ceremony before the home finale against Oklahoma. The Nigerian-born star said he is on track to earn his degree in May. "Oklahoma State will always be my home and I promise to represent our university with respect, class, character and dignity," he said. - AP Sports
 

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