Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
The Browns had plenty of suitors to move up for the 32nd pick and plenty of speculation was that it was so teams could draft Emmanuel Ogbah. The braintrust in Berea thought he was too good to pass up and ultimately decided to keep the pick and select him. Ogbah will be an outside linebacker and edge rusher in the Browns defensive scheme.
Ogbah had a monster junior season. In all, he managed to rack up 44 solo tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 19 hurries, 4 pass break ups, 3 fumble recoveries and a touchdown. He’s not quite at the level of the elite, elite pass rushers that have come int the NFL, but he is not far off from it.
Date of Birth: November 6, 1993 (Age 22 at time of the Draft)
Arm Length: 35.5″
Hand Size: 10″
40-Yard Dash: 4.63
Vertical Jump: 35.5″
Broad Jump: 121″
3-Cone Drill: 7.26
Short Shuttle: 4.50
Bench Press: 20
Taken separately, any of these numbers is good. Together, they add up to an incredible athletic package. As James Cobern shows, he’s in good company and actually performed better than guys like Aldon Smith, Antwan Odom and Michael Johnson.
Physically, Ogbah is one of the best athletes in the draft. He, like Coleman is also one of the most explosive. As shown here, he tests well at everything, he really has tremendous speed, explosion and power in his legs. Ogbah is exactly the type of athlete Horton should be excited to have on the roster and be able to mold.
Many are focusing on production and that being the reason the Browns drafted Coleman and Ogbah, it’s important to note the Browns picked two players that tested better than the 90% for explosiveness for players that have entered the NFL.
Ogbah is such a terrific athlete but it’s not always apparent on tape. He tends to slow down when he’s trying to diagnose the play, hesitates when he’s not sure and can end up flat footed. Right or wrong with his read, when Ogbah knows what he wants to do, he’s powerful and light on his feet with explosive acceleration.
One of the biggest issues Ogbah needs to is keep his pad level low. When he’s reading or not actively going somewhere, he has a tendency to stand really tall and make it easier for opponents to block him, especially with blocks he’s not anticipating.
As a pass rusher, Ogbah doesn’t have a plan. He just sort of attacks and hopes he can be tenacious enough to get through to attack the quarterback. This is an indication of his overwhelming athleticism given his production but it also means he has room for substantial growth in this area. It also shows that Ogbah is a guy whose motor never stops running. He’s a very high effort player.
Be it against the run or the pass, too many times, Ogbah gets fooled into doing exactly what the offensive lineman wants to him to do, taking the easy way out and ending up out of the play as a result. He has to get a better sense of what teams are doing and how he should react to them.
As a pure pass rusher, Ogbah has all kinds of tools to develop that need to be refined. He can play with power, bend around the edge and shift from speed to power and catch opponents off balance and simply drive them into the quarterback. In terms of getting better at using his hands, setting opponents up and countering, there are a lot of areas Ogbah can get better.
Fit, Usage and Projection with the Browns
The Browns have said they are going to put Ogbah at outside linebacker and believe he can be a 3-down player. That may be true, but going into his rookie year, it seems like he is going to be focused entirely on rushing the passer.
The Browns have the depth at the position where they aren’t forced to rush Ogbah and can really try to hammer down some areas. The most important one for the moment would be as a pass rusher. Ogbah can attack from the outside or put his hand in the dirt up and down the line in subpackages.
With Barkevious Mingo, Paul Kruger and Nate Orchard already there, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see someone like Mingo play on run downs and then have Ogbah come in and just get after the quarterback in obvious passing situations.
Conceivably, the Browns can use packages where Ogbah could attack as a defensive linemen, keeping Mingo or Orchard on the field to just attack with that much more speed. There is a lot of versatility there with his body type.
With more time and particularly after his rookie season, the Browns are going to want to try to make Ogbah into a full service player, but because he is so raw, it stands to reason they are going to attack it in pieces and let him master one thing before moving onto another.
This was a mistake Ray Horton made the last time he was in Cleveland overloaded rookies. Horton has said this year, he will try to scale it down for younger players so they are more able to contribute early. That would be the most logical way to work with Ogbah.
The Browns said they were surprised when Ogbah was available at 32nd pick. Going through the data, it’s easy to see why. Certainly, Ogbah still has so much to learn on the field, but his athleticism combined with how much he has already done despite just winging it, there is so much room for him to grow as a player. If he can provide a boost to the pass rush this year and grow from there, Ogbah can be a big time player for the Browns down the road.