Emmanuel Ogba – EDGE, Oklahoma State
The Browns have themselves a pass rusher. Their defense was one of the worst units last year, in all respects. They need help everywhere and pass rusher is certainly a good place to start. Ogbah is an explosive player. He has an excellent first step and is incredibly powerful. He can win with speed off the edge or he can just overpower the tackle. He is raw and is quite limited at the moment, though he has improved every year of his career so far. If he continues to do that he’ll be a great player in the NFL.
Few of his defensive lineman peers look the part more from a physical stand point, with his toned build that is all muscle. When in pads, he uses that strength to his advantage to win at the college level, but will need more than that to continue to succeed at the pro level, with a fairly basic, straight line approach to the pass rush. Ogbah has been a good playmaker for the Cowboys, who broke out as a sophomore in 2014 with 49 tackles, 17 TFLs and 11 sacks. He built on that with an even better 2015 season with 64 tackles, 17.5 TFLs, 13 sacks but also 19 quarterback pressures in addition. Despite the strong production, Ogbah is still learning the game. That can be looked at as a plus, as there could be a lot of upside if he continues to improve with more experience, but he also is a risk, and tends to go quiet and ineffective for long stretches of games. His production slowed toward the end of the season as the schedule and quality of opposition got better in the 2nd half of the year. His performance against West Virginia was a good example of what excites scouts about the possibilities though, in a game where he made an impact in a variety of ways to help contribute to the win. Ogbah chipped in with a fumble recovery in the end zone early on for a defensive touchdown, then went on to add 8 tackles, a sack, and two fumbles that he forced himself this time. He’s not going to explode out of his stance, but throws his weight behind his powerful hands to walk back O-lineman and close the pocket. When he does reach the quarterback he tends to flatten him in a manner that makes you wince a little as a viewer. I’d feel more comfortable with an early second round pick for Ogbah, but his physical traits and potential ceiling may be hard to resist in round 1. (Rebecca Rennie)