Emmanuel Ogbah left Oklahoma State a season early and made good on his move to the NFL with a strong rookie season in Cleveland. He was back at Pro Day supporting former OSU teammate and defensive lineman Vincent Taylor as he tries to make the same move.
The day before Pro Day at Oklahoma State spring football practice there was Michael Hunter walking around and looking good as he finished a rookie year in the New York Giants franchise, some active and some on the practice squad. Later that afternoon during the practice in walked Emmanuel Ogbah, who was the 32nd pick in the NFL Draft in 2016, not a first rounder as the draft included a first round penalty to the New England Patriots, but still the first pick in the second round by the Cleveland Browns.
Ogbah, who looks even bigger and more powerful than he did in Stillwater playing at Oklahoma State, finished his rookie season with 53 combined tackles and 5.5 sacks. Ogbah had 133 tackles at Oklahoma State starting three seasons and he also had a massive 28 sacks, one short of averaging a sack in every college game he played in.
The personable Ogbah was back to support defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, who like Ogbah is departing early, and the other Cowboys going through Pro Day.
"I know what they are going through and to see them grinding, like Vincent," Ogbah said. "They are in the same position that I was in last year."
Maybe, the same position, but not in the same way. Ogbah was a prized prospect that everybody knew would go early. He did and he made good on it. No disappointment in what he was able to accomplish.
"I talked to the VP and the head coach (in Cleveland) and they liked what they saw and what I did," Ogbah said. "They know it is not easy for a rookie to get five and a half or six sacks in their first season and they know that there is nothing but me going up from here."
I would agree. Ogbah is a worker. He has a lot of God-given talent and skills, but he has always worked to maximize those and make himself better. He was never satisfied with what he had done. Ogbah has the drive to make himself better. He is a great example of finding the players that love football and want to work hard for getting better at the game they love. That is a staple to Mike Gundy. The Cowboys head coach always asks prospects if they love the game and then tries hard to determine how sincere the answer is.
Ogbah is very sincere, always has been, and that sincerity will serve him well throughout his NFL career. If Cleveland gets enough players like Emmanuel Ogah then they will have a chance, a good chance to get better.