Breakdown: Bengals Select Cedric Ogbuehi

Everything you need to know about the Cincinnati Bengals’ first-round selection of offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi out of Texas A&M from Scout's college and pro football experts.

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Cedric Ogbuehi
Texas A&M / 6'5 / 306 lbs
  • OT
  • [1] #21


Ogbuehi would very well be the third consecutive Aggie offensive linemen drafted in the first round had it not been for a [very] late season knee injury (ACL) in their bowl game. He played very well at both tackle spots and guard during his career at Texas A&M, though his play dropped off in 2014. Some feel he was just going through the motions and waiting on his pro career. When Ogbuehi is on his game he diplays all the traits you love to see in a tackle - size, athletic ability, length, agility and balance, etc. If Ogbuehi's hungry he could be a mid-round steal for one NFL team.

Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation

This could be a reach for the Bengals because Cedric Ogbuehi suffered a knee injury during his bowl game to end his career at Texas A&M. Perhaps they could have gotten him later. Regardless, Ogbuehi was the selection. He played very well at both tackle spots and guard during his career at Texas A&M, though his play dropped off in 2014. Some feel he was just going through the motions and waiting on his pro career. When Ogbuehi is on his game he displays all the traits you love to see in a tackle - size, athletic ability, length, agility and balance, etc. If Ogbuehi's hungry he could be a steal for Cincy. For the third year in a row a A&M offensive tackle was taken in first round.

Prior to the 2014 season, Cedric Ogbuehi was a favorite to possibly be the top overall pick in the draft. It’s not like he had a horribly bad senior campaign, but it is obvious that he was pulling a “Jadeveon Clowney” and just going through the paces. Some scouts thought that he was “playing it safe” so he would not get hurt and affect his draft stock. He would have still been a first round talent if he had shown a much more determined attitude.

Then, the bottom fell out less than two quarters away from completing his final season relatively unscathed, at least health-wise. But in the third quarter vs. West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl he tore an anterior cruciate ligament that would require surgery. Estimates are it could be at least nine months before he is able to resume full football activities.

Ogbuehi might not have attended the Senior Bowl any way, as rumors had circulated he was going to sit the game out. Now, with his knee injury an obvious albatross, as he is likely to be until at least the start of NFL training camp, some fear it could see him a PUP candidate for the entire year.

The poor play in 2014, combined with the injury will certainly see others steamroll over him on the offensive tackle draft pecking order board. Teams that might have had interest in him as a potential late first round choice will now back off, as his injury is certainly to drop him into the mid-round range. A draft pick rich team will show interest there.

Hopefully, when Ogbuehi is healthy and reaches the pro ranks, he can reignite the fire he showed in 2013. That year, he showed excellent balance and change of direction flexibility, along with outstanding acceleration when working into the second level. Generally, he plays on his feet well, thanks to superb balance and shows the body control to play and adjust in space and pick up blocks on the move down field.

Ogbuehi can slide and readjust to mirror edge rushers in pass protection and also displays the lower body flexibility to drop his pads and anchor firmly vs. stunts and the bull rush. However, in 2014, he struggled with his hand placement and took too many passive swipes rather than punch with authority.

Too often, he left his chest exposed, leading to defenders walking him back in the pocket, as he would counter by leaning into the opponent instead of anchoring to sustain (allowed 3.5 sacks, eight stops behind the line of scrimmage and six QB pressures in 2014).

Ogbuehi is a bit slow with his kick slide at times, and on others, he seems to rush his retreat, which sees quite a few edge rushers just loop around him to pressure the pocket. With his athletic ability, you would hope that he would stay with his blocks longer. He will finish once engaged, but he does not play with great strength or leverage. He can move his feet and swing his hips to position and wall off, but would be even better if he can develop an aggressive nature.

His problems occur because he has a tendency to play high in his stance, as this affects his equilibrium as the game progresses. Despite good timed speed, Ogbuehi appears a bit lethargic coming off the snap at times. He does not show the suddenness moving in space and would much rather use his reach to keep defenders at bay rather than fire off the snap and attack with aggression.

The Aggie has quick hands, but lacks much impact with his punch. With his athletic frame and long arms, you would expect him to be quicker getting into position and stay on his blocks longer (more of a one-punch type). He is not the type that will stalk into the second level, or come off the snap with true aggression (seems to go through the motions). He has good lower body thickness, but does not display the strong anchor to handle bull rushers.

The senior season saw that Ogbuehi is just too inconsistent trying to finish, as his anchor can’t generate the power needed to sustain. With his hip snap, he should be jolting defenders to get movement, but he loses quite a bit of his effectiveness by playing high in his stance.

Based on 2014 performances alone, Ogbuehi’s biggest problem was vs. the more physical defenders. He just seemed to lack the hand punch to shock and jolt. He was more of a reach blocker with decent hand placement, but failed to put more force behind his hits. He likes to grab and lean into his opponent too often and because he gets reckless with his hands outside his frame, a strong surge by a defender will see him rocked back on his heels or have his opponent get a good piece of his jersey to jerk and control him.

While his 23 reps in the 225-pound bench press drill at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine was “middle of the pack” for the tackles in attendance, he did not show the raw power to flash enough punch and lock out ability to shock and jolt last season. He did show good hand quickness to recoil (still got too wide with his hands and this let defenders into his chest too often, though). One troubling aspect in 2014 was that even when he showed good hand priority in attempts to hold and control, his feet, at times, did not follow.

Cedric Ogbuehi NFL Scouting Combine measurable

35 7/8-inch arm length
10-inch hands

Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.


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