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Cowboys 2016 Draft Target: Emmanuel Ogbah

The Cowboys could use a top collegiate edge rusher, but it doesn’t have come from the OSU player everyone expects.

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If you love Joey Bosa, then you probably see him as the one elite pass rusher in this draft that can help the Cowboys defensive line. If you're not too high on him, then maybe you feel that there aren't any blue-chip defensive end choices that can be a star in this league. But I wouldn't go that far. There are a few other DEs that can be impact playmakers along the edge. Emmanuel Ogbah is one of those players.

Need for speed

If you want to play for Rod Marinelli, you better be quick.  Ogbah had a 40 time of 4.63 at the combine (93 percentile) and is fast off the ball for a guy his size.

He sheds

The 6'4" height isn't anything exceptional when it comes to defensive linemen, but he's got some long arms. At 35 ½ inches (95 percentile) he uses that length to disengage blocks well. He uses his hands very effectively, swatting away the hands of his blockers.


He's a QB destroyer. He exhibits the combination of speed and power to violently chase down quarterbacks. He keeps fighting to sustain unrelenting pursuit.

Here's the complete spider chart for all his measurable:

He's productive

Last year, Ogbah had 64 tackles, with 17.5 of them for losses. He also had 13 sacks and three forced fumbles. But his 2015 season wasn't just a one-season phenomenon as he has been a consistent force all three years at OSU. As a sophomore in 2014, he also had 49 tackles (17 for losses), 11 sacks, and a forced fumble. He also batted down five passes.

Athletic players are great, but when you get one who's had a prolific college career, then that's even better. The Cool One has been breaking down positions and for defensive end, Ogbah falls into A gradient. Make no mistake about it - he's exciting to watch on film.

Ogbah was initially my favorite target for the Cowboys second round pick at the 34 spot. That seems unrealistic now. He had a great combine and has gone from a first round fringe prospect to a mid-first round selection. That speaks to Ogbah's talent, but doesn't bode well for the Cowboys. If the team wants to get the Oklahoma State Cowboy on their team they might have to do some finagling to get to a more optimum draft position.

A couple years ago it was Aaron Donald that went from a late first round prospect to being taken 13th overall in the draft. He's been a Pro Bowler in both of his NFL seasons. Ogbah could be that player in this draft.

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