With the No. 32 pick in the Cleveland Browns selected DE Emmanuel Ogbah (6-4, 273 lbs) of Oklahoma State. The Dallas Cowboys reportedly wanted to move up for him too, but Cleveland preferred having him as a member of their roster., the
Although the Browns selected Nate Orchard in the second round last year, he finished with just 3 sacks and Paul Kruger's production dropped off. Barkevious Mingo is in the final year of his rookie contract and nobody quite knows what his role will be.
The Browns made a significant investment at the defensive tackle position last year with Danny Shelton in the first round and Xavier Cooper in the third round, but when you look at the current roster, they needed some fresh talent at the defensive end position. Desmond Bryant might not be in the team's long-term future, and Randy Starks was a placeholder all of last season, merely covering up a position of need. Ray Horton has a vision on how to re-tool the team's pass rush, and it starts with this selection, whether you figure him in at defensive end or outside linebacker.
When the staff at Dawgs By Nature compiled our Browns big boards, Ogbah was cumulatively listed as the No. 10 remaining player on our big board. Here is a scouting report from CBS Sports' Dane Bruglar, who projected Ogbah to be taken in the 2nd round:
A two-year starter, Ogbah lined up at both right and left defensive end in Oklahoma State’s 4-3 base, primarily in a three-point stance and occasionally standing up off the edge – leaves Stillwater with 28.0 sacks and 40.0 tackles for loss, both rank top-five all-time in school history. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Ogbah moved to Houston at the age of nine in 2004 along with his family for the opportunity at a better life. He is a "coach’s dream" according to Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy due to strong work ethic and discipline that were instilled in him at a young age – very bright on and off the field. Ogbah is still learning the complexities of the position and lacks elite explosiveness, but he’s a balanced athlete for his size with the physicality and coachable mentality that can be molded in the NFL – top-50 prospect who projects as a NFL starter in a four-man front.
What do you think, Browns fans?
Browns Draft DE Emmanuel Ogbah at No. 32 Overall