Ogbah Pleased With Combine Performance

Former Oklahoma State All-America defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah shares how much he enjoyed himself at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Emmanuel Ogbah seemed to still be basking in the afterglow of a sensational performance at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday when he posted top three performances in three key components.

The 6-4 1/4, 273-pound All-American defensive end was second in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.63 seconds and a 10-yard split of 1.59 seconds. Ogbah was also in the top three in the vertical jump with a 35.5-inch leap and a 10-foot, one-inch broad jump.

Ogbah was strong in all the drills and explained that he worked really hard to set himself up for that successful day.

"It was a lot of hard work, six days a week," Ogbah said of his stay at the training facility he went to in Florida. "You wake up and get to the facility at 6:45 and that is when we have breakfast and then we start training. We did speed work and then after that we had physical therapy and then another session of workouts in the weight room lifting. You would alternate rest and meals and workouts and that is the way it went all the way through Saturday. You would leave around five in the afternoon for the day."

Ogbah explained that although he only weighed in at about three pounds less than what he played that he did re-shape his body and that the nutritionist at the facility prepared all the meals and they even took meal plans home with them.

As for the combine, Ogbah said it seemed like a "meat market" the first few days with medical tests, early morning drug test, MRI and X-rays, and doctors doing various exams.

"They welcome you and then you have the 4 a.m. wakeup call for the drug test and they control you," Ogbah said.

There were also the interviews, both informal and formal, with the teams. Ogbah said he had 18 formal interviews with a wide range of teams including the team I could see him going with in the Arizona Cardinals.

"A lot of guys have little background issues so I can see why they might not enjoy it, but I liked the interviews," Ogbah said of sitting down in a room with the head coach, defensive coordinator, defensive line coach and others from various teams. "I didn't have that problem and they wanted to know what I knew about football. They put me on the board (to explain some technique) and asked me how much I loved football and loved playing."

Ogbah said some past OSU players like running back Joseph Randle and wide receiver Justin Blackmon and what happened with them came up.

"Some teams brought that up and asked why guys from Oklahoma State like Blackmon got into trouble," Ogbah added. "They said what makes you so clean. It's crazy but they brought that stuff up and asked about it and why I wouldn't have any problems."

On the field, Ogbah answered all the question with his efforts. He also said he heard the talk that he didn't play as hard, but he said he would have liked to point out just how many snaps he was playing in games especially late in the year.

"I'm not perfect and there are things I need to improve on, but that is what I am doing everyday is working on improving those things," he said to his critics.

Those critics are coming around even faster than Ogbah's work on making improvements. He said he would be at the OSU Pro Day next Tuesday, and said he would do the three-cone drill because he wanted to improve on what he did at the combine. He said he would willing do any position drills the coaches and scouts wanted to see him do. He's working on locking himself into the first round of the NFL Draft on April 28.


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