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- Position: Offensive Tackle (OT)
- Class: Senior (redshirt)
- College: Texas A&M
- Ht/Wt: 6'5", 306 pounds
Coming into his senior season, Cedric Ogbuehi was a regular sight near the top of mock drafts. The tackle had just finished an excellent year at right tackle blocking for Johnny Manziel (not an easy task) and was ready to move on to left tackle after the departure of Jake Matthews. After being exposed somewhat this year and tearing an ACL at the end of the season, Ogbuehi's stock has cooled, but he still carries a lot of potential for offensive line coaches to work with.
The 6'5" Ogbuehi is built to play at tackle, with nearly 36-inch arms and agile feet. He has experience at left tackle, right tackle, and right guard, so teams could probably train him for whichever side they need help with. The key to Ogbuehi's game is balance. His is very good, allowing him to move up to the second level to make a solid block, or adjust to a pass rusher's moves. He also uses balance for attacking a defender; with his long arms, he locks down players and removes their leverage, neutralizing any momentum. When he uses leverage effectively in his game, he makes his job look easy. When the balance isn't in his favor, that's when he starts to struggle.
Ogbuehi's core power is good, but not great. He might be able to grow into his body a little more, but as it is right now, his anchoring will be okay and his run blocking sufficient. His technique can also have lapses; if a defender attacks his wide side, he sometimes doesn't take a big enough step to establish the edge, and that creates room for the defender to rush past him. While he has a strong punch, he doesn't use it consistently well. If those technical issues can be fixed, you might be looking at a possible Pro Bowl left tackle.
Ogbuehi's grade is impacted somewhat by his torn ACL, which will likely keep him out of his rookie training camp. He shouldn't be expected to contribute early, instead sitting on the bench, building his body and improving his technique. But this player has plenty of good traits to work with. A healthy Ogbuehi ranks as a mid-first round pick to me, and even with his injury, I'd still draft him in the second round.