Atlanta Falcons potential future draft profile: Emmanuel Ogbah
Draft season is not far away, and here’s one name the Atlanta Falcons should remember.
Draft season is closing in on us and there is nothing that those who hate it can do. Quiet honestly, I love it. This is my favorite time of the year.
NFL games begin to carry more weight as they head into the playoffs, rival college football games bring edgier feelings towards the games, and then there’s my favorite, mock drafts. I love to keep tabs on college players who can contribute in the next level especially with the Atlanta Falcons.
Emmanuel Ogbah from Oklahoma State is one of those players that gets me excited for draft season. Throughout his career (so far), he has recorded 187 tackles and 37.5 sacks. Those numbers aren’t a competition fluke nor is it schematic result. Ogbah is truly a dominant force in the Big-12 and has been since his sophomore season.
Ogbah passes the NFL eye with being 6’4 275 lbs and has amazing strength to man-handle tackles coming off the edge. At times he is asked to come off in coverage and looks out of place but that simply isn’t his strength. You’re not going to see him jump back off the ball and get a pick-six. It’s not going to happen.
Not to knock his athleticism, he just isn’t as flexible or as fast as Vic Beasley. His reaction off the ball is a little slower and can play a little high at times. To some teams, he may be a project but in my opinion he is closer to finish then being a beginning.
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His versatility along the defensive line is one of his underrated talents. He play anywhere along the line of a 5-tech off the edge or he can be in a 3-tech on nickel downs. He has special ability to be disruptive everywhere he goes.
Unlike Beasley, Ogbah is a more refined pass-rusher who utilizes his strength and speed but isn’t as good with using his hands. In space, he is great tackler with an even better motor to get to the ball carrier. Since his sophomore season, it has been normal to see teams double-team him, but he adjusts throughout the game and understands opponents’ game plans against him.
If the Falcons do take a chance on Ogabh then he’ll be a definite plug and play. Now I’m not saying that he’ll be an All-Pro player his first year, but he’ll definitely help the team’s pass woes.
If the team does make the move to draft him you can probably see a combination of Kroy Biermann, Paul Soliai (NT), Ra’Shede Hageman, and Ogbah as the front four and Brooks Reed (SLB), Paul Worrilow (MLB), and Vic Beasley (WLB). That is not a bad front four even if Soliai isn’t here next season and Jarrett has to step in.
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