The co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year was the first player in Oklahoma State history to be named conference defensive linemen of the year, which he eclipsed following the 2014 season. The redshirt junior is one of many edge rushers in this year’s class. The high supply of pass rushers will force Ogbah to slip towards the latter of the first round – but he brings something that they don’t, and that’s his lethal combination of power and length.
Name: Emmanuel Ogbah
College: Oklahoma State
Class: Junior (RS)
Projection: Mid-Late 1st round
Comparison: Tamba Hali
- Persistent pass rusher
- Upper body strength
- Never gives up on a play
- Run defense
- Heavy feet
- Snap reaction
In a standout class for edge rushers, the physical specimen that is Emmanuel Ogbah jumps out at you. He has a great combination of size, length and power which puts his upside as a pass rusher through the roof. Ogbah of course has the premier power, but he’s a slippery edge rusher who can glide by you on some plays. He flashed a lot of signs of that potential at Oklahoma State, but his overall game will need more refining at the next level.
What I love about Ogbah’s game is his persistence when pass rushing and his effort on every single play. He has a high motor and you’ll rarely see him give up on a play.
Despite his production in college, I’d like to see Ogbah finish more – he didn’t really show up in big games against Oklahoma and Ole Miss; although he did do a fair job against Ole Miss’ Laremy Tunsil in limited snaps where he lined up against him. Ogbah doesn’t make much of his presence known against the run – he’s more of a one-dimensional pass rusher.
Compared to other pass rushers in the class, Ogbah doesn’t match up in terms of athleticism. He doesn’t move around well, lacks the speed to play LB in a 3-4 and looks like he has heavy feet when he runs. His overall quickness is below average, especially off the snap where he struggles with his reaction time.
In a more demanding class for pass rushers, Ogbah could’ve seen his stock near the top 10 – but the high supply will see him go in the mid-late of the first round. He is still a raw prospect like other pass rushers in the class – I don’t, however, see him developing into anything more than a premier pass rusher at the next level, not an every down player. His length, power and size will intrigue to a lot of teams, but he is a project who will require some coaching. Could play in a 3-4, but he’s too not fast enough to be a standup – much better fit as a 4-3 defensive end.