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NFL Draft Scouting Report: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE/OLB, Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State's explosive defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is profiled and evaluated for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Emmanuel Ogbah – Oklahoma State Cowboys


Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 275
Year: RS Junior
Hometown: Houston, TX (Born in Nigeria)
Experience: 2-year starter (39 games played)



40yd dash: 4.63
Broad jump: 121
Vertical: 35.5
3-cone: 7.26
20yd. Shuttle: 4.5
Bench Press: 20

Career Notes:

Emmanuel Ogbah was born in Nigeria and his family moved to Houston, TX when he was nine years old. Fellow Nigerian Russell Okung attended the same high school and went to Oklahoma State, so that is one of the main reasons Ogbah decided to play football for the Cowboys. At Oklahoma State, Ogbah was redshirted his first year. The following year, Ogbah played in every game and finished tied for the team lead with 4 sacks.

Emmanuel’s college career took off in the first game of his third season with a strong showing against the defending National Champion, Florida State Seminoles. He sacked Jameis Winston twice, had six tackles and two pass breakups. He has started every game his last two seasons. After being named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year as a sophomore when he finished with 10 sacks, Emmanuel Ogbah was named the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. He finished third in the country with 13 sacks and he added three forced fumbles. Over the last two seasons, no one has made more plays behind the line of scrimmage than Ogbah. He provided consistent pressure, recording a sack in 11 of 13 games this year, and even when he didn’t get a sack he was forcing the quarterback to move around the pocket and be aware of his presence.

Ogbah split his rushes between the right and left side and was equally productive. His speed usually overwhelmed slower right tackles, and he shows the strength and skills needed to get home against the more skilled pass blocking left tackles. He has the size and athletic ability to fit as a DE in a 4-3 or an OLB in a 3-4 defense.

Injury Report: 

Ogbah didn’t have any significant injuries and has played in all 39 games over the last three years.

Career Stats:


Against the Run: 2.5/5.0 Ogbah is strong at the point of attack. He is quick off the ball and able to penetrate, shifting the line of scrimmage. However, if his initial move doesn't beat the o-lineman, he struggles to free himself from the block. Emmanuel doesn't have great awareness and often doesn't know where the ball is until the running back runs past him. Needs to keep himself in better position to prevent lineman from blocking him down inside, which creates a huge hole for the RB off the edge.

Pass Rush: 4.1/5.0 Ogbah is thick and powerful. He has an excellent rip and dip move and uses a combination of speed and power to beat tackles around the edge. He has excellent play strength and speed and takes a direct route which quickly collapses the pocket. He explodes through the tackle and had a lot of punishing sacks. Needs to add some more moves instead of always going for speed rush around the edge and improve his ability to counter when his initial rush is stalled. He struggled to generate pressure against top rated tackle, Laremy Tunsil, in the Sugar Bowl.  

Agility: 2.8/5.0 Emmanuel is fast in a straight line, but he doesn't change direction well. His 3-cone and 20-yard shuttle times were below average, so he relies on speed and power.

Impact Play Ability: 3.5/5.0 He creates a lot of negative plays. In obvious passing situations he is almost unstoppable. Ogbah creates a lot of pressure and even when he doesn't get the sack he forces the QB to move, right to one of his teammates. His incredible tackle for loss totals show how disruptive he can be. However, he needs to show more hustle on plays the other way and downfield to become a more complete player. It appears like he doesn't try as hard unless he is chasing after the quarterback. 

Summary: Ogbah is an explosive pass rusher with an impressive combination of speed and power that makes him difficult to handle. Even when the tackle knows he's coming on third and long, Emmanuel is able to beat him off the ball and get around the edge. This explosiveness is backed up by his excellent combine numbers in the vertical jump and 40-yard dash for a man weighing over 270 pounds. He could improve his hands when trying to shed blockers and maintain better leverage against the run. Also, he needs to show more consistent effort, but the bottom line is that there aren't a lot of guys who can rush the passer like Ogbah.

Overall Grade: 3.2/5.0  


If drafted by the Packers:

Even with the resigning of Nick Perry and Matthews planned move back outside, you can never have enough pass rushers. Also, Julius Peppers and Nick Perry will be free agents after this season, so the Packers should be looking to add pass rushers in the draft. Ogbah is one of several pass rushers that could be available at the bottom of the first round for the Packers.

Ogbah could be used as a pass rushing specialist and add depth to the OLB group while he works to improve his run defense and situational awareness. In college he played defensive end, but he has good athletic ability and looked comfortable rushing from a two-point stance. His play on early downs could be limited, but Ogbah's strength is creating havoc in the opposing team’s backfield in passing situations, which few guys did better at the college level.


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EdsLaces's picture

March 18, 2016 at 07:52 pm

As a Mountaineer fan I have watched this guy alot ...even live once. He can single handedly take over a game. He's one of those guys that the measurables don't explain how well of a player he is. I'd be happy of we grabbed him especially if we could trade out of the first n still get him.

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4EVER's picture

March 18, 2016 at 08:30 pm

Keep saying that; trade out of round 1, trade out of round 1, trade out of round 1 ...

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