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Cowboys 2016 Draft: Getting To Know Second-Round Target DE Emmanuel Ogbah

Emmanuel Ogbah has emerged as a top option for the Cowboys in the second round.

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A few hours ago, Ian Rapoport reported that the Dallas Cowboys were in talks with the Cleveland Browns to acquire the 32nd overall pick, which is the first pick of the second round. With so many talented players available, it's clear that the Cowboys have a clear guy in mind with whom they want to draft. Considering the Cowboys hold the third pick in the draft, moving up to 32 would mean that the Cowboys would move up just two picks. This could warrant the Cowboys to give up one of their sixth-round picks.

With their need to add talent to the defensive side of the ball, some options that make sense atop the second round are Myles Jack, Noah Spence, Emmanuel Ogbah, Kevin Dodd, Jonathan Bullard and potentially Reggie Ragland. However, DraftInsider's Tony Pauline has reported that one player in particular has emerged as a favorite for the pick.

Ogbah was seen as a guy that could go in the first round, but the inconsistencies you find on tape on him can be very frustrating. At times, Ogbah can bull rush and use his sheer strength to get around the edge. But there also times where he looks lost on the field and he stands up after the ball is snapped. Dallas' recent trends with their defensive ends is that they want guys around 6' 5", 275 pounds that can get jump off the ball quicker than opposing lineman and be explosive off the edge.

In terms of his athleticism, Ogbah can be frustrating because he doesn't hone in on what he can do with success. But he has a thick build and broad shoulders, and he does have a chiseled look to him. He definitely passes the eye test. He has positional flexibility in different sub-packages, but the biggest thing he will need to work is his ability to bend around the edge and become better with his hands. He's stiff and won't be able to win in the NFL with how he won in college. Let's take a quick look at Ogbah's Mockdraftable profile and see who he has drawn measurable comparisons to.

As you can see, Ogbah is a bit reminiscent to some really good football players. But unless Dallas can mold him into a more consistent player, it will be hard for Ogbah to consistently crack his way into the defensive line rotation. Regardless, we do know that Leon Lett put Ogbah through a private workout before the draft and he absolutely loved him. Because the next few draft picks will likely be defensive based and the Cowboys have a huge need as it is at defensive end, this is going to be a spot where the Cowboys will need to hit. If Rod Marinelli and Lett believe that moving up to draft Ogbah is necessary, then the Cowboys have to bite the bullet and make a move.

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