It has been an adventuresome preparation for next week's NFL Draft for former Oklahoma State Cowboys All-American defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. I met up with Ogbah today at the Oklahoma State football offices and he told me that he really enjoyed his visits this week as the 6-4, 270-pound Ogbah visited Nashville, Tenn; Atlanta, Ga.; and Charlotte, N.C.
"The visits were great," Ogbah said. "I really liked Atlanta, but I liked Carolina a lot and just thinking that they were in the Super Bowl this season makes them really attractive."
Ogbah says he will head home to Houston on Monday and will be watching the draft on Thursday night with his family and friends at home.
Where the productive Ogbah will land is anybody's guess. The best draft guessers in the world aren't in unison on this as ESPN's Mel Kiper has Ogbah going to the Buffalo Bills. Another mock draft on NFL.com has him landing in Carolina as the Panthers use their first-round pick (30th) to take the two-time Big 12 sack leader. Other mock drafts have him going to Green Bay and Detroit.
Besides his visits last week, he has also visited Cincinnati and the Detroit Lions came back to Stillwater after the Cowboys Pro Day to work out Ogbah and fellow defensive end Jimmy Bean. The entire workout with the Lions was with Ogbah working as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He worked some in drills at that spot in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine and also in Stillwater at the OSU Pro Day.
Ogbah also drew attention when he contributed to a publication called The Players' Tribune and wrote an open letter to all NFL teams explaining his background and the work ethic in him inspired by his father after his dad moved the family to America from their native Nigeria. It's an interesting story that you rarely see a potential draftee push out in the public and targeted toward NFL executives, coaches, and scouts.