College: Oklahoma State
Hometown: Houston, TX
Weight: 275 lbs.
The Nigeria native played in all games during his redshirt freshman season for the Cowboys and amassed 4 sacks. In his first full season as a starter, Ogbah won the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year in an 11 sack season, along with 17 tackles for loss. As a disruptive force in 2014 and 2015, Ogbah earned a sack in 16 of his final 21 games.
Ogbah made a name for himself at Oklahoma State as a powerful, versatile lineman capable of playing either end position while maintaining his productivity. He is extremely quick off the line and combining that aspect of his game with his power makes him extremely dangerous at the point of attack. In certain packages, Ogbah can also drop back into a linebacker position and has been known to cover tight ends very well.
With a Bucs defense in desperate need of a pass rush, Ogbah could potentially be a perfect fit in a Mike Smith scheme expected to be versatile. However, he doesn’t come without question marks. Certain scouts have called him “too stiff” and state that he needs to work on his effort in utilizing his speed and athleticism to its full potential. He does bear consideration given the state of the Bucs’ defensive line. Addressing the pass rush with the 9th overall pick on a player of Ogbah’s caliber will have an immediate impact on the defense as a whole, forcing bad throws and turnovers. While the secondary would remain an area of concern, it goes without saying that the current defensive backs would benefit greatly if opposing quarterbacks didn’t have enough time to read the newspaper and drink their morning cup of joe in the pocket.