A Prospect A Day: 4-3 Defensive Ends, Emmanuel Ogbah Scouting Report

Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

6’4 269 lbs



Ideal frame for the position, plus he’s built like a Greek God and has the strength to boot. His bull rush is second to none in this draft.

Transfers speed to power with such ferocity that he gets nearly every lineman on his heels immediately. He lacks a versatile arsenal of pass rush moves, relying on swim and bull rush mainly.

Lacks the natural bend around the edge of an elite edge rusher, but more than makes up for it with nifty hand and feet usage. His main move is to use his strength to drive back his opponent and close the pocket.

In the running game, he lacks gap discipline which causes him to rush himself out of plays at times. He’ll need coaching to be a three down player, but has all the potential to be one of the best defensive players in this draft class if he can put it together.


Technique: 3 out of 5

Ogbah employs the swim and bull rush beautifully. In two games of tape, he attempted a spin move once and sometimes attempts to dip under rushes, but not near enough. He needs to experiment with that aspect of the game but could develop that under the right coach.

Effectiveness: 5 out of 5

He was among the league leaders with 16.5 in just 13 games. He was relentless in collapsing the pocket on tape. He even had a measure of success against top-rated tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Potential: 5 out of 5

He’s got the body type, high motor, power to speed transfer and length to be a league leader in sacks in the NFL with the proper coaching. He’s that naturally gifted.


Technique: 2 out of 5

Ogbah consistently failed to stay in his gaps and missed several tackles due to being out of position. He has very little sense in how to set an edge. He is, however, very capable of taking on double teams and shedding to make the play in the backfield. He’s always looking to produce a negative play for the offense.

Effectiveness: 3 out of 5

In all of the tape I’ve watched, I can count on one hand the number of times I saw Ogbah make a positive play in the run game. It stood out. However, his 63 tackles are the best of his college career and the 16.5 for loss show a player that is able to shoot gaps, which is something you either have or don’t as a player.

Potential: 4 out of 5

He has the body to hold up in the run game and not get washed out. I don’t think he’ll ever be an elite run stuffer, but if he’s able to maintain more gap discipline, he’d be an asset on most rosters in that capacity.


NFL Comparison: Robert Quinn, DE, Los Angeles Rams

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Both Quinn and Ogbah combine power, speed and length to impose their will on offensive tackles off the edge. While Ogbah has to refine his play against the run, Quinn represents what Ogbah could potentially become as an edge player.

Projection: Top 20 pick

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