2015 NFL DRAFT

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.
4572
Player News
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

05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Bengals' nine picks: Round 1/21 - Cedric Ogbuehi, T, 6-5, 306, Texas A&M ... The Bengals are convinced that if not for a torn ACL suffered in the Liberty Bowl last December, Ogbuehi would've been a top-10 pick. Chances are great that Ogbuehi won't be ready to play at the start of the season, but that didn't dissuade the Bengals from taking him. They love his athleticism and quick feet. - The Sports Xchange

05/05/2015 - OT Ogbuehi clearly a pick for Bengals future...The Cincinnati Bengals drafted for the future when they selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi in the first round Thursday night. Ogbuehi suffered a torn ACL in Texas A&M's Liberty Bowl win against West Virginia last December but that didn't dissuade the Bengals from taking him with the 21st overall pick. Ogbuehi (6-foot-5, 305) was a first-team All-SEC pick by conference coaches last season and a first-team All-America choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The injury benefitted the Bengals. "I frick'n love him," said offensive line coach Paul Alexander. "There is no way we have a chance at this guy if he doesn't get hurt. He's a top-of-the-draft player. There's no question that this guy has rare feet and athleticism that you see in the very best offensive linemen in the league."

The Bengals won't need Ogbuehi to play right away, which is good given his injury. While Ogbuehi said he is aiming to be ready to participate in training camp, the Bengals won't be as aggressive. They don't need to be. Andrew Whitworth is one of the top left tackles in the game in, while Andre Smith and Eric Winston return as experienced right tackles. All three are entering the final years of their contracts, however, so Ogbuehi's future is coming. This is the 11th time the Bengals have drafted an offensive lineman in the first round; Ogbuehi is the seventh tackle to be drafted in the first round by Cincinnati. This is the fourth time they've selected a tackle No. 1 since Alexander became the offensive line coach in 1995. His other three first-round tackles were Willie Anderson (1996), Levi Jones (2002) and Smith (2009). Whitworth was a second-round pick in 2006. - The Sports Xchange

02/20/2015 - Cedric Ogbuehi expects to be paid like a first-round pick regardless whether he goes in the first round. Texas A&M took out an insurance policy on the offensive tackle last year, paying $60,000 to entice Ogbuehi to return for his senior season. Ogbuehi said he had four first-round grades last January, but decided to return to play left tackle. Ogbuehi, who moved back to right tackle during the season, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in the Aggies' Liberty Bowl victory over West Virginia. He projects as a second-round pick. "I have to see where I go first," Ogbuehi said, when asked what the policy would pay him. The Allen High School product follows former Aggie offensive tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews as highly-regarded draft prospects. Ogbuehi, who measured 6-foot-5 and 306 pounds, did 23 reps in the 225-pound bench press Thursday. - Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star Telegram

02/16/2015 - 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M ... After a senior season where it appeared he was playing not to get hurt, Ogbuehi unfortunately suffered a torn ACL in Texas A&M's bowl game. His lower body movement skills are first-round worthy, but now his draft projection is a question mark. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/13/2015 - Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi reportedly has torn ACL... year ago, Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi turned down an opportunity to bypass his senior season and get selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. He was coming off a spectacular season at right tackle, demonstrating a blend of length, agility and upside that may have earned him a similar top-10 selection like former teammates Luke Joeckel (No. 2 overall to Jacksonville in 2013) and Jake Matthews (No. 6 overall to Atlanta in 2014). Now, his stock is crashing following a torn ACL suffered in the Aggies' win over West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl.

The injury, which was first reported by Yahoo.com's Rand Getlin, comes after a senior season in which Ogbueghi struggled making the transition to left tackle and was briefly moved back to the right side before returning to the blindside. Though he struggled with the switch, when healthy, the 6-foot-5, 300 pound Ogbuehi possesses all of the athletic traits scouts look for in a potential NFL left tackle, including the combination of length, light feet and balance to handle speed rushers. It is a package that few others possess in a solid but somewhat unspectacular 2015 class of tackles. Prior to the injury, Ogbuehi was projected in both of NFLDraftScout.com's first round mock drafts, checking in as our No. 5 offensive tackle and 23rd overall prospect. That ranking is certain to change, however, with Ogbuehi's availability for the Senior Bowl, Scouting Combine and Texas A&M's pro day now gone and perhaps even the 2015 season in doubt. According to Getlin, Ogbuehi will be undergoing surgery soon and could be ready for training camp. Teams, of course, will make their own determination of this perhaps optimistic recovery timetable. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/09/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): OL Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (174)...Ogbuehi, from Allen, Texas, will be seeking to become the third consecutive Texas A&M left tackle to garner first-team All-America honors, joining former teammates Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews who also went on to become NFL top 10 overall draft picks. Entering his fourth year as a starter, Ogbuehi was a mainstay at guard his first two season before shifting to right tackle as a junior. As a senior, Ogbuehi will shift to the Aggies' all-important left tackle position, which was vacated by Matthews. - Texas A&M football

08/09/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD WATCH LIST: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M ...With Ogbuehi helping clear the way, the Aggie offense averaged 490.2 total yards in 2011, a school and Southeastern Conference record 558.5 yards in 2012 and 538.4 yards in 2013. The Aggies have led the SEC in passing offense, scoring offense and total offense the past two seasons. - Texas A&M football

08/09/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: Cedric Ogbuehi, T, Sr. - Texas A&M ...Ogbuehi will be seeking to become the third consecutive Texas A&M left tackle to garner first-team All-America honors, joining former teammates Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews who also went on to become NFL top 10 overall draft picks. Entering his fourth year as a starter, Ogbuehi was a mainstay at guard his first two season before shifting to right tackle as a junior. As a senior, Ogbuehi will shift to the Aggies' all-important left tackle position, which was vacated by Matthews. - Texas A&M football

06/05/2014 - ROB RANG'S MAY 15, 2014 TOP 32 BIG BOARD: 2. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, 6-5, 300, rSr., Texas A&M: Former Aggies Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews were the second and sixth overall picks the past two years, and Ogbuehi has more pure talent than either of them. Long-armed and remarkably light on his feet, he'll join them as a top-10 pick if he takes to left tackle in 2014 as easily as anticipated. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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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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