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SI50: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE
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SI50: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE
Friday April 29th, 2016

The Cleveland Browns made the first selection of the second round of the NFL draft, taking Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah with the No. 32 pick in the 2016 NFL draft. 

Analysis: The Browns essentially get Ogbah with the last pick in the first round, and the former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year is a stunning player at times with a lot of potential as an edge rusher. He needs to develop his arsenal of hand moves, but he has a ton of physical potential. This is a good value choice for a team with all kinds of picks in the second round.

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Strengths: Tough, lean, powerful player who has grown into his body and has the prototypical body type to rush from the strong and weak side. Productive rusher who amassed sacks and/or tackles for loss in a high percentage of his games. Comes off the snap with a quickness you’d expect from a man 30 pounds lighter. Has the raw quickness to shoot right past his blocker at times. Athletic enough to chase ballcarriers down from the middle of the field to the sideline. Gets most of his pressures by simply outrunning his blocking, but is talented enough to actually do that. Will occasionally pop off a block and just wreck a running play, revealing his athletic potential. Has the size and speed to create an impressive bull rush. Exciting open-field tackler. Shows interesting, underserved potential as a wide-nine end and stand-up pass-rusher. Looked great when running stunts and reading different gaps when asked. By all accounts, a high-character player and a coach’s dream. Tons of potential in just about every conceivable fashion.

Weaknesses: Ogbah plays far too upright far too often, and negates his natural momentum as a result—he can get washed out of plays, and he’s too easily thrown to the ground, especially when he’s lining up inside the tackle’s inside shoulder. No real hand moves to speak of at this time, which leaves him wrestling with blockers when he should be hand-fighting and getting past his opponents. Doesn’t yet have any sort of ‘dip-and-rip’ to get around tackles, and no real inside counter to cross a blocker’s face and disrupt from outside to inside. Looks like a fish out of water when asked to play inside at three- or five-tech. Absorbs punches from blockers too easily. Was exposed against Laremy Tunsil in the Cowboys’ Sugar Bowl loss to Ole Miss.

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